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Old 11-03-2013, 11:29 AM
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A good ratchet helps in tight spaces too.
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:53 AM
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I am having a heck of a time removing my oil filter. It won't budge and I have begun to collapse the tin housing. I'm using a rubber strap wrench. I have the LTR 330 the 351 was a lot easier to get to.
I used a rubber strap filter wrench once. I use one that looks like that, but the strap is spring steel and it doesn't collapse filters, but I lube the o-ring and don't over-tighten them. Also, if the filter wrench falls in the pan full of used oil, like mine did yesterday, I just hand-tighten it.

It's best to grab the filter as close to the rolled edge as possible, because the can is strongest, there.

The 351 filter is a lot easier to reach, but it also leaks oil if the can isn't punctured and a container used to collect it before removing the filter. Personally, I think all motors should have a filter relocation kit, so the filter is at the top of the engine. The filter is punctured, the oil drains into the engine and once the filter is empty, it's removed without making a mess.
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by XtwentyNot View Post

A good ratchet helps in tight spaces too.
dang you bent the ratchet
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:43 PM
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If you can't get if with a wrench I have used a screw drive thru the case to spin it off. It was a mess and the car had come from an oil change place
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:30 PM
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If you can't get if with a wrench I have used a screw drive thru the case to spin it off. It was a mess and the car had come from an oil change place
Some oil change places are notorious for giving the filter a 1/2 turn with a wrench to be sure it doesn't leak. Those are the same guys who use a crescent wrench on the oil plug and crank it tight until the wrench slips and rounds the corners off.

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Old 11-03-2013, 05:34 PM
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Strap wrenches are the worst!

It is exactly like crushing beer cans, the twist doesn't do it, but if you twist and shove the side in its done.

The best "universals" are the metal band type, and in a rough spot good quality piston ring compressors (the type with a ratcheting mechanism built in) work very well to really grab hold of and turn out oil filters.

The slip over style however are still the best if you can get one for your application. An since there is a seal between that rubber O-ring and the block and that puts tension on the threads, a good solid thump will often help you with the effort.

In similar spots I've used an "impact driver" with a rubber mallet and a slip over wrench and that gets them moving.
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:46 PM
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I will be buying one of those slip over the end types for the next change. Those strap wrenches are leftovers from when I had a dmax and the fuel filter was a pain to get to.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:43 PM
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Definitely hand tight with oil on the ring is the correct way to install. I can usually get mine off with my hand. If I find one stuck on I use a metal strap. If the strap is slipping I use duct tape on the filter and try again.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:55 PM
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I use this one from sears. works better than any other I have seen.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:36 AM
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First oil change on my '08 straight from the factory was a pain, too. Went through all the usual tricks as it was way too tight. I read a few similar stories around that time on brand new boats.
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