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#3438764 - 07/28/14 06:23 PM Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads
Vern_in_IL Offline


Registered: 06/25/14
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You need to change your oil filter, but the filter won't budge. You find out they used Loctite 2620 Ultra High Temperature, High Strength Red Threadlocker on the threads!

You also find out the filter is a K&N (with that nut on the end)and the person installed it with a 250 ft/lb impact gun.

Then you realize that guy is a moron!

What would you do?


Edited by Vern_in_IL (07/28/14 06:26 PM)

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#3438769 - 07/28/14 06:25 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: Vern_in_IL]
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Trade it in.

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#3438774 - 07/28/14 06:30 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: Vern_in_IL]
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#3438777 - 07/28/14 06:33 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: Vern_in_IL]
actionstan Offline


Registered: 05/22/13
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Originally Posted By: Vern_in_IL
You need to change your oil filter, but the filter won't budge. You find out they used Loctite 2620 Ultra High Temperature, High Strength Red Threadlocker on the threads!

You also find out the filter is a K&N (with that nut on the end)and the person installed it with a 250 ft/lb impact gun.

Then you realize that guy is a moron!

What would you do?


10 foot pipe on 3/4 breaker bar car on a lift.. LOL or find someone with a much stronger impact..
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#3438778 - 07/28/14 06:34 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: Vern_in_IL]
Olas Offline


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I'd get my big grips on there and twist. If I don't break the threadlock The threaded nipple in the oil filter adaptor will come out with the filter and I can replace the nipple.
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#3438784 - 07/28/14 06:47 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: Vern_in_IL]
CATERHAM Offline


Registered: 11/18/05
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I've never heard of using locktight in the thread of a spin-on oil filter to stop it from backing off.
haslet At the track it is not an uncommon problem to come a bit lose and then blow the rubber gasket with disastrous results. Many, myself included safety wire it in place using a hose claim around the body of the filter.

Anyway your question is how to get the filter off.
Presumably it's to tight to loosen without buckeling the can.
You nay have to destroy the can to remove it which I have done in the past by driving a screwdriver through it to get extra leverage.
What have you tried so far?
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#3438787 - 07/28/14 06:48 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: Vern_in_IL]
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Lisle oil filter wrench on a 1/2 impact if worst comes to worst.
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#3438796 - 07/28/14 06:55 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: Vern_in_IL]
abycat Offline


Registered: 12/06/10
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Loc: grande prairie AB
oxy aceteyne torch. It will come off.
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#3438799 - 07/28/14 06:59 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: michaelluscher]
DuckRyder Offline


Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 2429
Loc: Atlanta
It depends on how the access is, but...

I would start by trying to bang it off with an impact... once that failed (rounds nut off or rips it off of the can)

I would try some sort of large plier/vice grip/channel lock/oil filter wrench... once that failed I'd cut the can off the tapping plate and apply heat to the tapping plate to release the lock tite and either fabricate a spanner or try to spin the tapping plate off with a hammer and punch...

After that.... ?

Question: Why did you do that? grin
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#3438801 - 07/28/14 07:02 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: Vern_in_IL]
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Registered: 01/30/07
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I'd use my Snap-on S831 ratchet with a socket to rip the welded nut off the filter and then I'd use my Lisle 63600 filter wrench to get the filter off.

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#3438822 - 07/28/14 07:24 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: Vern_in_IL]
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Registered: 10/03/08
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Take it to the oil change joint and watch them sweat to get it off.

Sears has a Valvoline special right now.
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#3438825 - 07/28/14 07:26 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: Vern_in_IL]
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torque the filter til it gives, if not loose tear the rest off then hit the center with a propane torch for a while and then while hot a screwdriver and hammer. Then move up to the acetylene torch.
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#3438838 - 07/28/14 07:34 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: Vern_in_IL]
fdcg27 Offline


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Oil filters properly installed simply don't come loose in service.
Why would anyone have done this?
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#3438861 - 07/28/14 07:50 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: Vern_in_IL]
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Registered: 12/11/08
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Loc: CA
If we're in hypothetical land, I'd make sure that it is not you that is the moron, and are trying to remove the filter by unscrewing the wrong way.

Much more likely scenario than the above (especially if you're working upside down)


Edited by raytseng (07/28/14 07:51 PM)

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#3438924 - 07/28/14 08:36 PM Re: Hypothetical situation: Locktite on filter threads [Re: Vern_in_IL]
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Can you imagine a world with no hypothetical situations?
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