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Re: Which oil filter wrench would you buy?
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2018, 10:29:27 PM »

I was taught to install filters hand tight. And remove them with a #2 Phillips....................................

I was taught to tighten them till the gasket contacts the surface and then go about another 1/4 turn. They don't leak and I can get them off by hand. Except the old fashioned (and seems to be coming back into favor) cartridge type.
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Re: Which oil filter wrench would you buy?
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2018, 11:58:16 PM »

I was taught to install filters hand tight. And remove them with a #2 Phillips....................................

I was taught to tighten them till the gasket contacts the surface and then go about another 1/4 turn. They don't leak and I can get them off by hand. Except the old fashioned (and seems to be coming back into favor) cartridge type.
If memory serves me right AC Delco and GM trained that the filter should be tightened 3/4 to 1 turn after the gasket contacts the surface.  The DuraMax diesel filters were a bit tighter.

For most mechanics hand tight is plenty.  I've had to use extreme measures to remove filters, or what remained, that were over tightened or in the case of a K&N, the socket end stripped out.
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Re: Which oil filter wrench would you buy?
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2018, 06:17:14 PM »

I was taught to install filters hand tight. And remove them with a #2 Phillips....................................

I was taught to tighten them till the gasket contacts the surface and then go about another 1/4 turn. They don't leak and I can get them off by hand. Except the old fashioned (and seems to be coming back into favor) cartridge type.

I bought a strap wrench to change the oil on my first truck. My dad just shook his head, showed my how to tighten the filter by hand, and told me that if I needed anything more than my bare hand to remove it I had done it wrong. The key is to do all your own oil changes. If you let someone else mess with it. You can be in for a real battle the next time.

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Re: Which oil filter wrench would you buy?
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2018, 11:23:42 PM »
I probably do more oil changes than most here and only an AZ special filter pliers anymore.

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Re: Which oil filter wrench would you buy?
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2018, 12:51:26 PM »
I bought a chain wrench and a pair of oil filter pliers.. Im going to buy the one Buck posted with my next paycheck.

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Re: Which oil filter wrench would you buy?
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2018, 12:57:18 PM »
I bought a chain wrench and a pair of oil filter pliers.. Im going to buy the one Buck posted with my next paycheck.

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Re: Which oil filter wrench would you buy?
« Reply #21 on: May 18, 2018, 04:06:07 PM »
I have several kinds - strap, wrench, ratcheting. never know whats going to work, so, I keep a variety handy.

Been thinking about just going to K&N as they have a 1" hex nut welded on to the end of the can. Got a Bonney 1" socket and combo wrench ready to go for those.

This is what I've done.  I've had too many times when either I didn't have the right size oil filter strap wrench despite having several, or where the position of the filter relative to all of the other stuff made getting a strap wrench on difficult to impossible.  Just this past week I did my first oil change since buying my 2015 Nissan Frontier and same problem, strap wrenches wouldn't fit, ended up partially crushing it and then I could make one grab enough to spin it off.  Replaced with a K&N, and I have a bunch of different ways to fit onto that hex head depending on what's in the way.

Obviously this doesn't help Joker5906 if he's having to contend with whatever rolls into the shop, for what it's worth.

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Re: Which oil filter wrench would you buy?
« Reply #21 on: May 18, 2018, 04:06:07 PM »