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Old 02-18-2005, 10:08 PM
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Stuck oil filter

Any idea's on how to get a stuck oil filter off? I have just about broken a filter remover and bent a screw driver trying to get it off. I just bought the truck so who knows when the oil was changed last.

I am about ready to put a crow bar through it but don't want to destroy the filter. Plus it the truck is already drained, so I can't drive it anywere. !!

Also any tricks to getting the fuel filter off too? It seems to be put in very tight also.

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Old 02-18-2005, 10:21 PM
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ive got a pair of really really big channel locks that i used to use when it was on a little too tight.

i had one that got stuck on there soo good, got a 1" bolt and welded 2 spikes on it drove it in and used a socket and rachet to geter out.
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Old 02-18-2005, 11:18 PM
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Got two tricks for you:
Normally I use a strap wrench, which is just a piece of square bar stock that a 3/8" ratchet fits into, and a cloth strap, similar to a tow strap (but smaller), and as I turn the wrench, the strap winds around the stock, eventually tightening up on the filter, and twisting it out.
The alternative (this works best for those that use a normal oil filter wrench), is to put a rubber glove (or latex or nitrile) over the filter and then put the filter wrench on the glove - it will give a pretty good bite on the filter. That's most useful when the filter is oily and greasy.

I also remember way back when my dad had a giant Pontiac diesel station wagon and the filter got crushed, he ended up cutting away the filter until only the part that seats against the adapter was left. Then he and our neighbor welded up this tool that had two bolts poking out that fit into the backside of the face of the filter (where the 6 or so holes for the oil to go out of the filter were) and twisted it out that way. That particular oil change was completed in only two days. I wish you better luck than that!
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Old 02-19-2005, 07:07 AM
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Any idea's on how to get a stuck oil filter off? I have just about broken a filter remover and bent a screw driver trying to get it off. I just bought the truck so who knows when the oil was changed last.

I am about ready to put a crow bar through it but don't want to destroy the filter. Plus it the truck is already drained, so I can't drive it anywere. !!

Also any tricks to getting the fuel filter off too? It seems to be put in very tight also.

Thanks in advance!

Tim
Tim, the big Channel-Locks will do the trick, so will hammering a large screwdriver through it! As for the fuel filter, that same big screwdriver between the "vanes" on the cover will give you the extra leverage you need. You may have to remove the plastic box over the filter to gain some room though.

Good luck!
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Thanks for the help.....

I finally got it off with a really big screw driver and a few holes in the filter.


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Old 02-19-2005, 09:13 PM
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good to hear you got it removed, but i use channel locks too, them things really grab good.
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In the future you may want to punch a hole in the bottom of the filter to allow it to drain the oil in the filter. It really cuts down on the mess. I use a strap wrench when needed. You can find them made with a strap made of chain, nylon, or rubber. They will fit a large variety of sizes, and they are useful for hundreds of other uses.
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There's a guy on eBay that is usually selling the proper-size (Lisle p/n#53250) filter wrench for PowerStroke-sized filters. Your local Napa may carry them, too. They are plenty heavy-duty, and have never failed me.

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Old 02-22-2005, 03:24 PM
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i also punch a hole in my filter like bodaban said but just make sure you get the filter a little loose before you punch the hole cause if you cant get it off then what do you do if you dont have another vehicle to drive for the time being? might be a problem since you now have a hole in your filter. just something to think about.
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