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    is it me or?

    is the stock oil filter the toughest freaking thing to unscrew!! holy crap that car is kicking my ass right now
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    Yeah, apparently they use enraged gorillas on steroids to torque the oil filter on. Good luck, pray that you don't have to do the old screwdriver trick, it makes a hell of a mess.
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    Originally posted by supermarkus
    Yeah, apparently they use enraged gorillas on steroids to torque the oil filter on. Good luck, pray that you don't have to do the old screwdriver trick, it makes a hell of a mess.
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    Punching a long screwdriver all the way through the oil filter and using that to loosen it. Lots o' torque, nasty mess. Had to use it on my Heep and the filter was on the side of the block! Hateful design.
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    Originally posted by supermarkus
    Punching a long screwdriver all the way through the oil filter and using that to loosen it. Lots o' torque, nasty mess. Had to use it on my Heep and the filter was on the side of the block! Hateful design.
    i;m so fcking mad that this god damn filter is like super ****ing glued in there what they thic\nk i am hercue,ls!! **** spelling!! im gunna wd40 that son *****
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    Time to hit the gym!

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    Originally posted by supermarkus
    Time to hit the gym!

    HULK ANGRY...HULK SMAAAAAAAASH!
    the hulk couldn't undo this mother ****er and he can lift cars.....i've been twisting so ****king much it hink i tore a muscle in my arm
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    SpeedRacer,

    What are you using to help you remove it ? A filter strap ? You might try removing that front plastic undertray - you'll gain a little more room to work which could give you extra leverage.

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    i said **** it i'll change it later.....
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    A bigass channel-lock does the trick.
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    Buy a filter wrench. They're cheap.

    I have about a dozen now and every time I buy another car or another brand of filter, I have to buy another wrench. Eventually, I'll have so many that no matter which size filter I buy, I'll have the right size. Right now, that seems unlikely. The possibilities seem to be endless.

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    Originally posted by MisterX
    Buy a filter wrench. They're cheap.

    I have about a dozen now and every time I buy another car or another brand of filter, I have to buy another wrench. Eventually, I'll have so many that no matter which size filter I buy, I'll have the right size. Right now, that seems unlikely. The possibilities seem to be endless.

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    i've never seen or heard of an oil filter wrench!?
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    It's like a giant, multi-sided socket that fits over the wrench "sides" (dunno what to call them!) on the end of the filter. As mentioned by MisterX, they tend to be different for every filter. My local Checker caries about 15 different sizes, none of which actually fit! Hence the big channel locks. I already had them, but if you buy them instead of a filter wrench, they have all sorts of uses other than filters. The same goes for a strap wrench, but I've had less luck with them. The screwdriver trick didn't work on my stock filter - it was on so tight that I just started to tear the filter rather than turn it. So I got out the Channels and now I just use them every change.
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    Originally posted by GV27
    It's like a giant, multi-sided socket that fits over the wrench "sides" (dunno what to call them!) on the end of the filter. As mentioned by MisterX, they tend to be different for every filter. My local Checker caries about 15 different sizes, none of which actually fit! Hence the big channel locks. I already had them, but if you buy them instead of a filter wrench, they have all sorts of uses other than filters. The same goes for a strap wrench, but I've had less luck with them. The screwdriver trick didn't work on my stock filter - it was on so tight that I just started to tear the filter rather than turn it. So I got out the Channels and now I just use them every change.
    ya i picked up the strap wrench and i'm going to tackle it after iget back from the mustang show
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    filter wrench, absolitely, but another thing that works is those rubber jar openers. i'ts like a sheet of rubber paper.

    good luck

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