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Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? #4634281
01/14/18 07:54 AM
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I used to have cars with easier access to the filters and I could easily hand tighten and loosen the filters. Now the access is tight or ackward so I use end cap wrenches.
How about you?


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Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman] #4634284
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Not on my personal vehicles.

At work, some gorilla monsoon types have put filters on tight that I have broken a Toyota cup socket and few strap wrenches

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Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman] #4634287
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I use a filter wrench to remove a filter only to save my poor arthritic hands. I use hand only to install. Ed


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Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: Eddie] #4634302
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I use a strap wrench to crack the filter housing loose. It's greatly surrounded by the oil pan.
I have to work the wrench tight then only get 10 degree nudges out of it.
5 or so do it.
Back on, you ask? By hand. Anyone who employs a tool to tighten those needs to be real careful.
The big O ring puts up some resistance but then slides up its bore. Then you feel the shoulder land against the engine.

Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman] #4634304
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I tighten by hand but often use a filter wrench to loosen it. I use a Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench which works on many sizes.



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Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman] #4634305
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I tighten by hand as tight as i can then give it touch tighter with a wrench, wrench to remove.

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Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman] #4634314
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I only use a wrench to remove canister oil filters, not install them.


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Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: spasm3] #4634330
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Originally Posted By: spasm3
I tighten by hand as tight as i can then give it touch tighter with a wrench, wrench to remove.


Maybe you are only kidding or trolling, I don't know, but tightening them any further by hand is totally unnecessary and even then, just using your hand, depending on your strength, can also end up being too tight.

Hand tight for me and usually just my hand is needed to get them off. cheers


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Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman] #4634337
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Hand tighten, wrench to remove.

Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: irv] #4634352
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Originally Posted By: spasm3
Hand tight for me and usually just my hand is needed to get them off. cheers

I follow the tightening procedure that is written on the filter / box and have never had an oil leak. Filter comes off with ease by hand every time.

I constantly have to bust out the wrench (or worse) to remove oil filters from first time clients of mine, who had the filter put on by what seems like a heavy duty semi truck lug remover impact gun @ 300 pounds.

Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: Artem] #4634360
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Originally Posted By: Artem
Originally Posted By: spasm3
Hand tight for me and usually just my hand is needed to get them off. cheers

I follow the tightening procedure that is written on the filter / box and have never had an oil leak. Filter comes off with ease by hand every time.

I constantly have to bust out the wrench (or worse) to remove oil filters from first time clients of mine, who had the filter put on by what seems like a heavy duty semi truck lug remover impact gun @ 300 pounds.

That was not my post.

Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: irv] #4634362
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Originally Posted By: irv
Originally Posted By: spasm3
I tighten by hand as tight as i can then give it touch tighter with a wrench, wrench to remove.


Maybe you are only kidding or trolling, I don't know, but tightening them any further by hand is totally unnecessary and even then, just using your hand, depending on your strength, can also end up being too tight.

Hand tight for me and usually just my hand is needed to get them off. cheers


It's how i do it, i have small hands so i only have so much grip on a filter. I tighten it by hand as much as i can then snug it a bit with a wrench, been doing that for over 30 years. And yes i oil the gasket.

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Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: spasm3] #4634372
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Originally Posted By: spasm3
I tighten by hand as tight as i can then give it touch tighter with a wrench, wrench to remove.

It all the depends on the size of the filter and how much grip I have with my hands. Like on my Cummins that filter is like 5" in diameter so I always give it an extra 1/4 turn or so with the wrench. I think the one time i didn't do that the filter came off a little bit easier than I'd like.

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I gotta throw in the fact that I go with the "3/4 turn after contact".

I can count on one hand the number of times I've been able to unscrew a canister filter unaided.

Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman] #4634392
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Pretty much every car that comes into the shop. The iffy lube and walmart lube guys make sure they dont fall off.


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