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Old 11-15-2011, 09:23 AM
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Angry oil filter stuck!!

alright, I've been battling a stuck oil filter on my LT1 for two days now, I've tried everything, the filter is crushed and ruined now, but it just won't loosen. I keep turning to the left and it won't loosen! I sure hope these things aren't reverse threaded.

Any suggestions?? I can't take this anymore
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:43 AM
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Get a large screw driver, punch a hole thru the filter completely about half way up.
Now, grab that screw driver and turn it to loosen.
The screw driver will act some serious torque multiplication on it and it will come off easy.
Next time, lube the rubber gasket before putting a new one on and tighten 3/4 of a turn after the gasket seats.
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Did that. Tore a hole in the filter. It didn't budge. ****.
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well if the filter is totally smashed like you say, get in there with a chisel and hammer if you dont have a good filter wrench. You can use a chisel up at the top of the filter where it meets the filter housing go at a good angle to tap it to the left. sounds like someone didnt lube the filter oring before it was put on and then did the 500ft/lb torque method haha. but yea chisel and hammer would be my last resort method if the filter is already trashed
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That's not working either. I'm all out of ideas
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if it is all fubar like you are saying and you have tried everything possible guess your going to have to take the oil filter housing off then. i have always had good luck using the chisle/hammer method if its all jacked up
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how hard is it to take off?
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Hammer and chizel didn't work? going counterclockwise?
How much of filter is left? How about some big *** channel locks and a cheater bar...
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yeah its not budging, I was going counter clockwise. I'm thinking of removing the housing and doing this all off the car, that way I have more room...
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.....and this is why you lube the filter Oring and you dont use a filter wrench to tighten oil filters(just sayin, thats probably what happend) if you have spent all this time trying to take it off, would be less time to just remove the whole housing
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There's a tool you can get that's like a big pair of forceps with grippers on one end handles on the other end, has always worked for me on stuck filters.
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.....and this is why you lube the filter Oring and you dont use a filter wrench to tighten oil filters(just sayin, thats probably what happend) if you have spent all this time trying to take it off, would be less time to just remove the whole housing
Yeah lesson learned, I don't remember ever making it this tight, but I never actually heard of putting oil on the o ring, so its ignorance on my part lol

I'll just keep trying, and when my camera is charged I'll take some pics for the above post
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I always pre fill a filter with some oil and lube clean oil on the o-ring, also remeber to check or old o ring stuck to the housing. Then when tightening, I do it by hand and maybe at best a clean shop rag incase my hands are oily.
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get a longer .. anything.. for more leverage and torque

if not, u have to remove the housing
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lay off the muscle milk man....

idk how bad you screwed up the filter, but craftmans make a claw you put on an extension and ratchet. i work on cars every day, and stupid kids who change oil at my work don't know how to lube the o ring, and tighten it on like they are hulk hogan. tool works everytime.
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try asking your husband or BF to give you a hand... lol jk
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I'll post them when I get the filter off so you can see the carnage, I am probably going to remove the housing...how hard is that to do? And yeah I made a mistake with not putting oil on the filter and overtightening it, sure won't do that again
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Originally Posted by Zlow28 View Post
try asking your husband or BF to give you a hand... lol jk
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hahahahaha
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very easy to remove it once you tear the outside off the filter. You will see a plate with a large threaded hole in the center and smaller holes all around that. Insert a pair of needle nose pliers into two of the small holes crossing over the large center threaded hole. Then use something like a pair of channel locks to rotate the needle nose pliers.

I've done this many times.
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