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Old 08-10-2011, 08:28 PM
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how to remove broken engine fuel filter cap

Anyone have a good way to get this thing off? I broke the hex part with my 1/2in. drive wrench and there's not enough for a socket to grab or the wrench so I cant get the engine fuel filter cap to loosen.
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Hammer and a chisel. Tap the edge of the cap counter-clockwise, but be careful not to bugger up the aluminum housing.
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Ok I'll keep working on it. Anyone else have any suggestions?
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can you just stick a 1/2 drive breaker bar in the center

tats how I get mine out anyway I dont usse a socket
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can you just stick a 1/2 drive breaker bar in the center

tats how I get mine out anyway I dont usse a socket
I'm bettin' thats how he broke it Benny!
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Yep chisel worked. Thanks
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I'm bettin' thats how he broke it Benny!
I was thinking that to
I dont crank mine down so hard and oil the oring before



I wonder what the tourque spec is on it

cant be much Im guessing no more than 10-12/ft lbs
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well I couldnt find it but the oil filter cap was 18ft/lbs Higher than I would have thought
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Yep chisel worked. Thanks
glad it worked out
right on steve

I probably shouldnt do mine like that anymore I probably even have a socket somewhere
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I have never changed mine before since it was done at the time of purchase. I bought the truck used with 72k on it. Once I got the cap off I wanted to clean the housing out in case I got little bits of plastic from using the chisel in there. Good thing I did because there was broken bits off of the inside of the cap where it contacts the filter (way down inside the housing, from ahwile ago I think) and an old o ring from an old filter.
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I stripped mine as well, both the outer edge and inside part. I'm leaving it that way until my next fuel filter change which is 10,000 miles away and for me thats about a year and a half. I plan on loading up a half inch drive breaker bar with gorilla glue, sticking it in the center, and turning it once it dries. Hopefully it works. And FWIW the cap barely requires any torque at all. I set my wrench to 20 lb fts (lowest it goes) and that was enough to strip it.
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Anyone have a good way to get this thing off? I broke the hex part with my 1/2in. drive wrench and there's not enough for a socket to grab or the wrench so I cant get the engine fuel filter cap to loosen.
now that you fixed it.... next time use a socket, if i remember correctly the in-engine fuel filter uses a 24 mm, and the in-line uses a 36mm, just FYI, i bought a 36mm by it self from advanced for like 9 bucks, you can use it for engine oil cap also.
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If you don't have a 36mm socket a 1 7/16 will work just as well.
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You can also rent a 36 mm from most auto parts stores for free
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You can buy the 36mm Lisle socket pretty cheap.

Amazon.com: Lisle 14500 Oil Filter Socket: Automotive

It's nice, because it's very thin, and it's 3/8's drive, so you can use a smaller ratchet. You don't need a big one anyway.

Personally, in my opinion, a 6 point socket is less likely to cause damage than a 12 point socket. So I managed to find a 6 point 24mm for the upper filter as well.
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