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#4616656 - 12/28/17 12:08 PM Oil filter sockets
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Does anyone use these specific sockets for oil filters? I see these kits and then think, I have all of these size sockets in both deep and shallow. Clearance/access never seems to be an issue and provided you go straight down on the filter cap, you wont damage it. Are there any advantages to these sockets? I am not a professional mechanic, but work on many peoples cars and have just used regular sockets with no damage to the filter cap. Worth it? Or don't bother?


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#4616662 - 12/28/17 12:26 PM Re: Oil filter sockets [Re: Michael_P]
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Chances are one of your filters may not fit. I would get one of these instead.

https://www.amazon.com/Lisle-63600-Oil-F...l+filter+socket
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#4616669 - 12/28/17 12:38 PM Re: Oil filter sockets [Re: JC1]
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LOL, I had the same incorrect thought as you, JC1. That set is for the cap on cartridge type oil filters:

Looks like a handy kit if you work on a large variety of vehicles.

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#4616687 - 12/28/17 01:00 PM Re: Oil filter sockets [Re: Michael_P]
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Over the years you buy more oil filter wrenches as the need for new ones comes along typically with a new car.
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#4616736 - 12/28/17 01:43 PM Re: Oil filter sockets [Re: Michael_P]
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I have one for my 3.6L Pentastar oil filter. I think I paid about $2 for it on AMZN about 2 years ago. I really didnn't need it but for the ~$2 I spent, it pushed me up to the free shipping point for non-prime customers.
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#4616751 - 12/28/17 01:56 PM Re: Oil filter sockets [Re: doitmyself]
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Originally Posted By: doitmyself
LOL, I had the same incorrect thought as you, JC1. That set is for the cap on cartridge type oil filters:

Looks like a handy kit if you work on a large variety of vehicles.


Sorry about that, my eyes didn't see that they were for cartridge style. What sizes are they? Depending on price, are they worth it? For my Pentastar i just use an impact socket. Of course you need larger sockets for some of these caps.
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#4616804 - 12/28/17 02:39 PM Re: Oil filter sockets [Re: Michael_P]
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If you can fit a regular socket on the cap then one of those isn't going to make a lick of difference. They are low profile large sockets and worth it if you do a lot of oil changes on cars that use filter caps.
I hate to say it but first world quality for these is really optional, they are very low torque for their size so as long as they are sized right it wont make any difference where they come from.
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#4616859 - 12/28/17 03:28 PM Re: Oil filter sockets [Re: JC1]
Quattro Pete Offline


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Originally Posted By: JC1
Originally Posted By: doitmyself
LOL, I had the same incorrect thought as you, JC1. That set is for the cap on cartridge type oil filters:

Looks like a handy kit if you work on a large variety of vehicles.


Sorry about that, my eyes didn't see that they were for cartridge style. What sizes are they?

The sizes are listed right there in the above image, on the sockets themselves.

Both our cars need a 36mm socket, so that's the only one I own. smile

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#4616883 - 12/28/17 03:50 PM Re: Oil filter sockets [Re: Michael_P]
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I'd personally stick with traditional sockets.
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#4617001 - 12/28/17 06:11 PM Re: Oil filter sockets [Re: Michael_P]
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My wifes Chevy Equinox requires a 1 1/4 socket to get the cap off the filter mount. I had a std socket but there wasn't enough room to get it on the nut. So , my neighbor had a ban saw and we cut about a half inch off the socket, and it worked like a charm. If you can get a std socket on it, and have enough room to clear everything, thats all I would use.,,,

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#4617004 - 12/28/17 06:15 PM Re: Oil filter sockets [Re: Michael_P]
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I used to have a small collection of those cap sockets due to the varying brands of filters I used on my Accord. Ultimately, I tried, and stuck with filter pliers. I have a Channellock brand set and they have pretty much worked on everything.

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#4617442 - 12/29/17 07:06 AM Re: Oil filter sockets [Re: dlundblad]
Trav Offline


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Originally Posted By: dlundblad
I'd personally stick with traditional sockets.


Many times they don't fit they are too tall and I sure don't want to chop an expensive 1"+ socket down for these low torque applications.
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#4617888 - 12/29/17 03:13 PM Re: Oil filter sockets [Re: Michael_P]
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The ones I have are model 215. I've used them for plumbing work in the house as well - a very useful tool.

Channellock Oil Filter Pliers

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#4617939 - 12/29/17 04:33 PM Re: Oil filter sockets [Re: BigCahuna]
Delta Offline


Registered: 04/20/14
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Loc: South Central PA
Originally Posted By: BigCahuna
My wifes Chevy Equinox requires a 1 1/4 socket to get the cap off the filter mount. I had a std socket but there wasn't enough room to get it on the nut. So , my neighbor had a ban saw and we cut about a half inch off the socket, and it worked like a charm. If you can get a std socket on it, and have enough room to clear everything, thats all I would use.,,,


Lisle actually makes a low profile socket for this application:

Amazon Link

It actually fits my GTI as well.
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