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Old 01-12-2015, 09:13 PM
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Question x45 oil filter stuck!!!

Help! anybody have any other tips for removing an oil filter off of Indmar 8.1ss? It is in a 2006 x45 and i spent hours last weekend doing everything short of mangling the filter. There is very little room standing on my head to get to it.....tried every strap and wrench in the shop with no luck. Am thinking of taking it to the MC dealer which is an hour away before i would even try the screwdriver through the filter trick. Any body heard of any tool or homemade device which cuts the gasket maybe.....i thought of razor blade but cant get in far enough to get all the way around it.
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:34 PM
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If you have an air chisle, you could use it to break it loose. The vibration might help. But it might mangle the filter also.
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:41 PM
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Help! anybody have any other tips for removing an oil filter off of Indmar 8.1ss? It is in a 2006 x45 and i spent hours last weekend doing everything short of mangling the filter. There is very little room standing on my head to get to it.....tried every strap and wrench in the shop with no luck. Am thinking of taking it to the MC dealer which is an hour away before i would even try the screwdriver through the filter trick. Any body heard of any tool or homemade device which cuts the gasket maybe.....i thought of razor blade but cant get in far enough to get all the way around it.
Can you post a photo of the filter, in place?

I had the same problem on a Malibu that had very little room for my hands and almost no room for tools and after a while, I decided to work on something else, to make some money for the dealership instead of wasting my time on that one. The SnapOn, Mac, Matco and Cornwell tool trucks rolled up, we tried what they had and got nowhere.

I came up with the solution in a dream that night- literally. If you can get both hands into the space where the filter is, don't worry about shredding the can- if that happens, remove ALL of the innards and the sheet metal, then stick both tips of a needle-nose pliers into two opposing holes in the steel plate, push into the pliers so the tips go in farther and with an adjustable wrench on the pliers (make sure it's fairly snug), loosen it. It should come off easily, this way.

Once you get it out, put some grease on the new gasket and tighten it one turn past finger tight.
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:34 PM
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I came up with the solution in a dream that night- literally. If you can get both hands into the space where the filter is, don't worry about shredding the can- if that happens, remove ALL of the innards and the sheet metal, then stick both tips of a needle-nose pliers into two opposing holes in the steel plate, push into the pliers so the tips go in farther and with an adjustable wrench on the pliers (make sure it's fairly snug), loosen it. It should come off easily, this way.

Once you get it out, put some grease on the new gasket and tighten it one turn past finger tight.
Yup...this works. Before you shred the can, pierce the can with a long screw driver (be prepared for a mess)...all the way through and try to use it as a lever. Remember, the can is likely stuck on the gasket, not the threads. Careful to not damage the machined gasket surface on the filter base...or the base threads. Also use grease on the new gasket rather than oil.
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Old 01-13-2015, 01:31 AM
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ok thx! Will try this weekend when i get back in town. Hopefully avoid the hour drive of shame!
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:19 AM
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If your current filter is one with the notches on the bottom get one of these cups provided the filter is already destroyed.

Here is the service bulletin about stuck oil filters.
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:47 AM
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tried this already too.....the torque from trying to twist this off pulls the cap off the bottom. unfortunately theres no room to get my other hand on the cap while twisting to hold it onto the filter.
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:55 AM
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don't know if this will help but i have been using this oil filter remover for years from sears.
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tried this already too.....the torque from trying to twist this off pulls the cap off the bottom. unfortunately theres no room to get my other hand on the cap while twisting to hold it onto the filter.
I had little success with the nylon version. I had to get a metal one and tap it onto the end of the filter and I also had to use a long swivel head ratchet.

Like this one.



It allows you to keep the torque parallel to the bottom of the filter.
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