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Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... #4413394
05/24/17 04:52 PM
05/24/17 04:52 PM
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Atlantic Canada
RNMKia Offline OP
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What a nightmare this was. I figured i would make a post about my issues with this to possbibly help others that face this same issue...

First of all, i bought a car a couple of months ago because i needed another car. I figured after the snow stopped i would do an oil change. Easy, right? Nope. A nightmare.
Oil drain bolt was stripped so i had to buy a bolt extractor kit and use a 10" pipe wrench to get it off (took a couple days to get to that point). Then i put a band wrench around the filter and it kept slipping/slightly crushing so i waited for a better day to try again.



I tried a smaller band wrench (crushed it), 3 jaw wrench (ultimately ripped it open), rubber strap wrench, hammer/flathead screwdriver, hammer/chisel, screwdriver through it (tore it apart). All that was left was the metal plate. I sprayed it with liquid wrench.



I tried to make a tool made out of a bracket with screws in 2 holes to fit the holes on the plate... a screw snapped off in it. I tapped at it for a while with a hammer and screwdriver + chisel in the holes. Didn't budge. I tried to use a razor blade to cut the gasket but couldn't get to it.



Ending up getting the remains off with a 24" pipe wrench that my neighbor had. It was a Fram Extra Guard, BTW.

Last edited by RNMKia; 05/24/17 04:55 PM.
Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: RNMKia] #4413398
05/24/17 04:54 PM
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Jeez... Apparently Bruce Banner owned that car before you, and did the oil/filter change while angry.

And, of course, as it turns out, you don't like what he did when he was angry.


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Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: RNMKia] #4413404
05/24/17 05:00 PM
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San Antonio, TX
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That would be a job for an air hammer I bet


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Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: RNMKia] #4413421
05/24/17 05:13 PM
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As my previous note to the Walmart oil change guy, this is one of the reasons why I do all of my oil changes myself. This issue happened because the oil plug had been probably inserted & tighten with air tool or with 18" wrench [Way over tighten.]. The oil filter had been inserted & tightened not only over tight, but did not have the threads & gasket prelubed ( Causing the filter to seize onto the engine.).
P.S. If you ask why do it yourself,this is one of the reasons.

Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: GSL] #4413428
05/24/17 05:17 PM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
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RNMKia: What car did you buy ?

I wonder if the thread on the filter matched the nipple on the car.
An unoiled gasket won't make a filter seize like that.

Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: RNMKia] #4413431
05/24/17 05:22 PM
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"Fine" quality filter.

Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: RNMKia] #4413453
05/24/17 05:49 PM
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The Old North State
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Kudos to you for hanging with it. Looks and sounds like a real pita. There was another guy that posted about a filter on inboard boat motor that was very similar. He either made his own or got a bogart aviation filter removal tool. It uses the inlet filter holes to remove the filter. Think he made his own version, similar to your effort at a bracket with screws in the inlet hole.

Think you're due a cool one now. cheers

Oh, don't forget to lube the sealing gasket of the new filter and tighten no more than 2/3-3/4 turn after gasket contact. wink2

Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: SirTanon] #4413454
05/24/17 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted By: SirTanon
Jeez... Apparently Bruce Banner owned that car before you, and did the oil/filter change while angry.

And, of course, as it turns out, you don't like what he did when he was angry.
lol that made my day.

Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: RNMKia] #4413463
05/24/17 05:55 PM
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I once used a screw driver and pipe to get a filter off. Bent the screw driver in the process, it was on so hard.


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Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: RNMKia] #4413473
05/24/17 06:06 PM
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One time I had that happen that bad. When I got to the point of just the end of the filter stuck on I used an air hammer to knock it loose. I promptly called the shop who had a service sticker in the windshield and called someone an [censored] and hung up lol.

Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: Sayjac] #4413487
05/24/17 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted By: Sayjac
Think you're due a cool one now. cheers


AMEN brother! Cheers1


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Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: RNMKia] #4413513
05/24/17 06:51 PM
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I have had problems getting filters off over the years, but thankfully nothing like that.


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Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: RNMKia] #4413523
05/24/17 07:07 PM
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I hear the cursing and swearing all the way from over here! What a nightmare filter!


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Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: RNMKia] #4413545
05/24/17 07:27 PM
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Chicago, IL
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You are lucky you had space for the wrench. Good job!

Last edited by tomcat27; 05/24/17 07:28 PM.

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Re: Stuck oil filter? Use a pipe wrench... [Re: dave123] #4413553
05/24/17 07:35 PM
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Colorado
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Originally Posted By: dave123
Originally Posted By: SirTanon
Jeez... Apparently Bruce Banner owned that car before you, and did the oil/filter change while angry.

And, of course, as it turns out, you don't like what he did when he was angry.
lol that made my day.


X2...hilarious!!


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