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Another reminder why I always change my own oil #5332042 01/25/20 04:52 PM
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I bought a new to me Honda insight back in October and the dealer performed the oil change. When I was changing out the transmission fluid I noticed teeth marks from a wrench on the oil filter smirk2 Now that I think about, I bet the drain plug was torqued to 123lb the same amount the car makes LOL Any tips are welcome to remove the filter, I really don't want to buy a oil filter wrench that I'm only going to use once.


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Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: DreamerGT] #5332053 01/25/20 05:04 PM
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Make your own chain wrench, (length of chain long enough to wrap around filter, + screwdriver to pass through it to act as a lever)
But first you need a section of chain to wrap the filter with.
You can puncture the filter off-center with a large screwdriver as well, but I only did that once, BIG MESS. Chain wrap is far cleaner.

Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: DreamerGT] #5332062 01/25/20 05:20 PM
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Oil filters are not supposed to be hand tight so you’ll need a filter wrench for every oil change. Just buy the Lisle, it’s the best.


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Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: bubbatime] #5332070 01/25/20 05:29 PM
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What ???

LOL

There's nothing wrong with hand tight... As long as you are not a total pansy with like only 50 lbs of grip strength only LOL


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Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: DreamerGT] #5332084 01/25/20 05:48 PM
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I hand tighten my filters after oiling the gasket, and still need a wrench to get them off more often than not.


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Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: DreamerGT] #5332089 01/25/20 05:55 PM
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Hand tight on, wrench to get off.


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Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: bubbatime] #5332115 01/25/20 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by bubbatime
Hand tight on, wrench to get off.

Correct.


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Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: bubbatime] #5332118 01/25/20 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by bubbatime
Oil filters are not supposed to be hand tight..


You were born and raised at a Jiffy Lube, right? Lmao


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Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: DreamerGT] #5332122 01/25/20 06:24 PM
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I get my filter tight by hand, then I snug it just a bit with the oil filter wrench.


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Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: DreamerGT] #5332128 01/25/20 06:28 PM
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Another vote for a screwdriver hammered all the way through and clean up the mess.

Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: DreamerGT] #5332130 01/25/20 06:29 PM
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My filter is between sizes for which they make fluted wrenches. I use a blue paper towel as a liner inside the wrench, drive it on with a dead blow hammer, then use a ratchet to loosen the filter. IF the filter were on real tight, I could use a breaker bar, as I'm sure the cast filter wrench could withstand a LOT of torque. And to install a new filter, I never use anything but my clean dry hand and moisten the gasket with new oil. I'm not a guerrilla, I'm a 5'4" man of 150 lbs. I've been changing my own oil and doing this for 40+ years and never had a leak...and every filter I've ever put on by hand takes a wrench to remove.

Originally Posted by Maddog3355
Another vote for a screwdriver hammered all the way through and clean up the mess.

If you're going to go this route, save yourself a big mess. Use a drain pan in position, use a hammer and nail or ice pick, knock a hole in the lowest part of the filter and let the oil drain, then drive your screwdriver through an empty filter. Lot less mess...

Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: bubbatime] #5332138 01/25/20 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by bubbatime
Oil filters are not supposed to be hand tight so you’ll need a filter wrench for every oil change. Just buy the Lisle, it’s the best.

totally agree. o bought the 63600 model and its the best ihave used.


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Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: DreamerGT] #5332153 01/25/20 07:01 PM
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The general rule for changing out an oil filter is after you hand tighten it, take the oil wrench and give it a quarter turn to tighten it.


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Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: DreamerGT] #5332162 01/25/20 07:12 PM
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so wrong

Re: Another reminder why I always change my own oil [Re: tiger862] #5332163 01/25/20 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by tiger862
The general rule for changing out an oil filter is after you hand tighten it, take the oil wrench and give it a quarter turn to tighten it.


Can you post a reference to that rule? I can’t find any published instructions that include a wrench when installing an oil filter. Some thing other than the ”error-net”.


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