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#2883544 - 01/25/13 10:30 AM Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution
Jac09 Offline


Registered: 01/24/13
Posts: 4
Loc: FL
The oil filter housing on Prius can be overtightened by shops and may be unable to remove with a standard filter wrench with a hex cap shape alone. I tried to remove it on my Prius with a standard wrench. The result was that the little round plate with the 3/8 ratchet fitting in the center that is spot welded to the filter wrench just broke right off of the wrench at the spot welds.
After looking around on the web, I found a filter wrench that grabs not only the hex top, but the entire cap including the six tabs that stand up from the base of the filter cap. This filter wrench has six slots at the edge that fit down over these tabs that make it impossible for the wrench to slip. It is well constructed; it is made from a solid cast pour not rolled thin sheet metal. It has 64.5 mm width and probably works on several model years.
The filter wrench is manufactured by Private Brand Tools or PBT, part number 71110 of Australia. It can be found on Amazon or EBay. I bought it from Amazon.com for $27 including shipping. It was well worth the money. The filter came off the first time I turned the wrench. Nothing else would get it off and I didn't have to wrap the filter housing in cloth to ensure a tight fit either.
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#2883559 - 01/25/13 10:45 AM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: Jac09]
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Registered: 01/10/08
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Loc: Milwaukee, WI
You didn't want to pound a screwdriver through the filter?
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#2883560 - 01/25/13 10:47 AM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: Jac09]
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Registered: 01/22/03
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Loc: Waldorf, Maryland
I use a two prong, self adjusting filter wrench to remove all my filters. It has never failed. It actually grips tighter the harder you turn. Here is a three prong one from SEARS:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605...l%20Filtermv=rr

I only use it to REMOVE filters as it will deform them. I use a cap wrench or my hand to install filters.


Edited by Corvette Owner (01/25/13 10:49 AM)
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#2883561 - 01/25/13 10:47 AM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: Jac09]
Hokiefyd Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 14505
Loc: Top of Virginia
I've removed many stuck filters with driving a screwdriver through the filter and turning it. Had to do that with my co-worker's 2012 Honda Civic. I don't have a cap wrench that fits a Honda OEM filter, and the filter was too far up behind other parts (and hanging vertically) to use a strap wrench. So I had to put a screwdriver through it.

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#2883565 - 01/25/13 10:52 AM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: Jac09]
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Registered: 07/22/10
Posts: 15120
Loc: PNW
OP is talking about a cartridge filter housing cap. Here's the tool he refereed to. Can't do the screwdriver trick on this setup. frown

http://www.amazon.com/Private-Brand-Tools-PBT71110-Cylinder/dp/B005R3SSMW


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#2883572 - 01/25/13 10:56 AM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: Jac09]
Hokiefyd Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
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Loc: Top of Virginia
Well, my bad indeed!

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#2883576 - 01/25/13 11:01 AM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: Hokiefyd]
The_Jake Offline


Registered: 01/17/13
Posts: 153
Loc: Michigan, USA
I use the Assenmacher one...never fails and you can put a 1/2" drive on it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Toyota-Oil-Filte...839&vxp=mtr

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#2883594 - 01/25/13 11:17 AM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: ZeeOSix]
bepperb Offline


Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 4978
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
Originally Posted By: ZeeOSix
OP is talking about a cartridge filter housing cap. Here's the tool he refereed to. Can't do the screwdriver trick on this setup.


You just have to want it bad enough....

Kidding aside I have the assenmacher as well and it works on our Sienna. I've seen people use a big vise grips on those nubs down by the base as well. Hopefully this isn't a problem I run into, though.
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#2883595 - 01/25/13 11:17 AM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: Jac09]
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Registered: 01/24/13
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Loc: FL
You would not believe these Prius oil filter housings. It is a big, solid piece of plastic that holds a paper-synthetic filter. It has male threads on the outside of the lower portion and an o-ring to seal it when it is screwed into the receiving cavity in the motor.

I have never had to apply so much pressure to an oil filter to get it off before. I used a short piece of pipe to extend my ratchet handle about 1.5 feet. It was strange, though, that using this PBT filter wrench made the job a lot less difficult. You have to have the right tool for the job.


Edited by Jac09 (01/25/13 11:21 AM)
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#2883611 - 01/25/13 11:26 AM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: The_Jake]
mikered30 Offline


Registered: 09/10/05
Posts: 1454
Loc: PA
Originally Posted By: The_Jake
I use the Assenmacher one...never fails and you can put a 1/2" drive on it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Toyota-Oil-Filte...839&vxp=mtr


That is the one I have. Amazon has it for a few dollars cheaper.

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#2883674 - 01/25/13 12:21 PM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: Jac09]
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Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 19528
Loc: Lake Forest, CA
Assenmacher oil filter end cap tool is one of the best for remove/install cartridge oil filter housing. Amazon has Toyota 640 for only $17.xx

http://www.amazon.com/Assenmacher-Specia...Assenmacher+640
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#2883692 - 01/25/13 12:38 PM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: Corvette Owner]
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Registered: 10/08/11
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Loc: Chicago, IL
+1 the craftsman universal oil filter wrench works great and will grip even if filter is covered in oil. It also works to get at the filter in tight spaces where you cant get a big channelock wrench around it.

+1 only use it to remove filters and only hand tight to install the filters.
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#2883715 - 01/25/13 12:55 PM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: Jac09]
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Registered: 08/12/11
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Loc: Omaha, NE
When we got our Prius the dealership had screwed the filter on so tight it would not budge at all. I almost pulled a muscle trying to get the sucker off.

I finally got a filter wrench (the ones that look like pliers) and gripped on it. I twisted and turned it, and got it off. When I did the thing looked like a crushed pop can but it worked.

I'd try the pliers type filter wrenches.
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#2883808 - 01/25/13 02:06 PM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: zerosoma]
The_Jake Offline


Registered: 01/17/13
Posts: 153
Loc: Michigan, USA
Originally Posted By: zerosoma
When we got our Prius the dealership had screwed the filter on so tight it would not budge at all. I almost pulled a muscle trying to get the sucker off.

I finally got a filter wrench (the ones that look like pliers) and gripped on it. I twisted and turned it, and got it off. When I did the thing looked like a crushed pop can but it worked.

I'd try the pliers type filter wrenches.


I use the assenmacher and a 1/2" cordless impact wrench. Zips those stuck on ones right off.

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#2883816 - 01/25/13 02:14 PM Re: Stuck Oil Filter on 2010 Toyota Prius, a Solution [Re: HTSS_TR]
GSCJR Offline


Registered: 01/20/13
Posts: 1012
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: HTSS_TR
Assenmacher oil filter end cap tool is one of the best for remove/install cartridge oil filter housing. Amazon has Toyota 640 for only $17.xx

http://www.amazon.com/Assenmacher-Specia...Assenmacher+640


Recently got one free! Works great...previous filter changer forgot it on the filter housing. It was a Kia Sedona however.
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