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#4439182 - 06/23/17 07:31 AM Oil Filter Wrenches ??
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Registered: 03/30/15
Posts: 4399
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
My new Jeep Grand Cherokee has a somewhat difficult oil filter location. I can't get at it with a conventional strap wrench. I bought a few of those K&N oil filters that have the nut spot welded on the end. But the problem with those are the nut is stamped sheet metal. And it has such profound rounded corners, the socket just rides up and over them. In short, they're basically useless.

I have a strap wrench that accepts a 3/8" socket extension, and I've use that with some success. But if I should ever get one that's stubborn to remove, that might not do it. So I'm thinking of getting a set of cheap cap wrenches, along with one of those star wrenches. I want to be equipped with enough options should any issues arise. The last thing you want is to be in a position where you have the oil drained from your vehicle, and you have to start running around trying to find a suitable wrench to remove it. These are the 2 types I'm thinking of getting. Has anyone used them, or else have any better ideas for options? I know Harbor Freight is all China, but I can't see the sense of paying more from Auto Zone or O'Reilly for what amounts to the same thing, (China or Taiwan).

https://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece-end-cap-oil-filter-wrenches-94096.html

https://www.harborfreight.com/universal-3-jaw-adjustable-oil-filter-wrench-63281.html

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#4439187 - 06/23/17 07:36 AM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: billt460]
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Registered: 02/23/07
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I have two of these: http://www.lislecorp.com/divisions/products/?product=377&division=1&category=9

One in the larger size and one in the smaller size. I've never met a filter it couldn't get off, aside from ones that I physically couldn't reach with it. Typically, if it's hard to reach I just use a socket extension. However, if there's literally no room, I use one of these: https://www.harborfreight.com/2-inch-to-4-1-4-quarter-inch-oil-filter-wrench-36778.html. Between the two, you should have your bases covered.
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#4439206 - 06/23/17 07:54 AM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: ThirdeYe]
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Originally Posted By: ThirdeYe


I've been using one of these too. Love it. Got mine from Amazon. It's $10
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002SR4Q8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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#4439207 - 06/23/17 07:54 AM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: ThirdeYe]
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Registered: 11/20/06
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The ones from Lisle you linked are the ones I use most but the small one is even too big sometimes for small filters then I go to the pliers like the HF one.
There are a couple of others like the Hazet adjustable band and 3 finger one but its rare I need to use them, if I was shopping for ones today I probably wouldn't buy them.
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#4439211 - 06/23/17 07:59 AM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: billt460]
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#4439214 - 06/23/17 08:03 AM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: Trav]
ThirdeYe Offline


Registered: 02/23/07
Posts: 8155
Loc: Grand Rapids, MI
Originally Posted By: Trav
The ones from Lisle you linked are the ones I use most but the small one is even too big sometimes for small filters then I go to the pliers like the HF one.
There are a couple of others like the Hazet adjustable band and 3 finger one but its rare I need to use them, if I was shopping for ones today I probably wouldn't buy them.



I've never had an issue using the smaller one for small filters. Granted, the smallest I've attempted to use with it is the Fram 7317 or Fram 6607 (same diameter, I believe). I'm not aware of any smaller diameter filters than that. I wonder if a sheet of sand paper in between the filter and the wrench would help in that case, if one doesn't have the pliers? Just thinking out loud...
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#4439221 - 06/23/17 08:13 AM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: billt460]
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#4439225 - 06/23/17 08:15 AM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: billt460]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
Changing oil since the mid 1970s so I have a large assortment of filter wrenches of various sizes and types.

Last one I bought was a Lisle spring loaded jaws one.
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#4439259 - 06/23/17 09:08 AM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: billt460]
CarlGR Offline


Registered: 06/06/16
Posts: 18
Loc: Massachusetts
I use one very similar to this with with great success.
https://www.amazon.com/Three-Legged-Oil-Filter-Wrench-2pack/dp/B00VPQIS66
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#4439323 - 06/23/17 10:17 AM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: Chris Meutsch]
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Registered: 12/05/16
Posts: 491
Loc: E. Tennessee
Originally Posted By: Chris Meutsch


So strange. I bought this one and could not get it to grip no matter what I did on two differnet sized filters. It did not seem broken at all, just a poor design. I sent it back. Maybe user error on my part, IDK.
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#4439331 - 06/23/17 10:29 AM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: billt460]
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Registered: 09/18/12
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My favorite is oil filter pliers. That's all I use anymore. They even work on Toyota cartridge housings.

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#4439355 - 06/23/17 10:52 AM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: billt460]
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Registered: 07/27/13
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Loc: Outer Banks, NC
I can vouch for the design of the cast aluminum one that you listed first. At least it worked fine on my 1993 Grand Cherokee, first year of the V-8.
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#4439387 - 06/23/17 11:42 AM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: billt460]
JustinH Offline


Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 5177
Loc: Texas
I buy the socket tool for each of my spin on cars.

Its far easier for me.

I used to mess with sandpaper on my hand to try to spin it off, but my hands are getting weak and the socket is so much easier.

The lisel ones are the best, but I have two cheap ones from Advance and they work fine.

Bring in one of your new filters to make sure you get the right size.

Obviously you can't use the KN filters with the nut anymore.
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#4439522 - 06/23/17 01:47 PM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: billt460]
Olas Offline


Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 3933
Loc: Manchester, England
I'm currently using a filter with an end that can be spun off using a screwdriver, spanner or any other flat ish edge. Never needed to use it though, oil the gasket and HAND tighten and it will come off by hand.

The last resort is the screwdriver method but it's messy.
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#4439569 - 06/23/17 02:34 PM Re: Oil Filter Wrenches ?? [Re: billt460]
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Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 4216
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
Is this a 5.7L V8? My father's 2013 has the 5.7L and the filter is kind of odd to get to. It is more of an issue because of the stupid plastic skid plate access hole, not the filter location itself.

I use one of the end cap wrenches. Fits right over the flutes on the end of the Wix oil filter.
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