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#4634281 - 01/14/18 07:54 AM Do you normally need or use a filter wrench?
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5786
Loc: Michigan
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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#4634284 - 01/14/18 08:01 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman]
car51 Offline


Registered: 03/12/15
Posts: 10256
Loc: Southwest PA
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


Edited by car51 (01/14/18 08:01 AM)
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#4634287 - 01/14/18 08:06 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman]
Eddie Online   sleepy


Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 9567
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
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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#4634302 - 01/14/18 08:23 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: Eddie]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5242
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
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.

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#4634304 - 01/14/18 08:25 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman]
rustypigeon Offline


Registered: 03/27/09
Posts: 211
Loc: PA USA
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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#4634305 - 01/14/18 08:27 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 8662
Loc: North Carolina
I tighten by hand as tight as i can then give it touch tighter with a wrench, wrench to remove.


Edited by spasm3 (01/14/18 08:27 AM)
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#4634314 - 01/14/18 08:39 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman]
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 4397
Loc: The Midwest
I only use a wrench to remove canister oil filters, not install them.
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#4634330 - 01/14/18 08:49 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: spasm3]
irv Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 1066
Loc: Oshawa, Ont. Canada
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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#4634337 - 01/14/18 08:53 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman]
BretK Offline


Registered: 05/08/17
Posts: 11
Loc: Illinois, USA
Hand tighten, wrench to remove.

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#4634352 - 01/14/18 09:01 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: irv]
Artem Offline


Registered: 10/30/10
Posts: 5117
Loc: Florida
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.

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#4634360 - 01/14/18 09:04 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: Artem]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
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Loc: North Carolina
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.

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#4634362 - 01/14/18 09:06 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: irv]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 8662
Loc: North Carolina
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.


Edited by spasm3 (01/14/18 09:07 AM)
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#4634372 - 01/14/18 09:15 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: spasm3]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4858
Loc: Houston, Texas
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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#4634378 - 01/14/18 09:18 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: spasm3]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5242
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
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.

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#4634392 - 01/14/18 09:30 AM Re: Do you normally need or use a filter wrench? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 06/05/03
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Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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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