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Filter Wrench

Thread in 'Fluids: Oil, ATF, Coolant, etc.' started by One TracMind, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. One TracMind

    One TracMind Member

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    For all of you guys that change your own oil...what do you use to unloosen the oil filter. Is there a nice tool making it easier (not that its hard)...just looking for the best tool.



    Thanks Andy
     
  2. EddieS'04

    EddieS'04 Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    I use the one that fits the grooves on the motorcraft filter...use a 3/8 ratchet on it..

    works great for me..
     
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    I just use a nice dry cloth and my hands and it does the job pretty well and its free :D
     
  4. Johnny O

    Johnny O Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    One of these days I should....aw hell, I'll do it now. Be right back....
     
  5. Johnny O

    Johnny O Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Got this a few years ago when I had my Ranger, also 4.0 SOHC powered. Works on any filter, large or small. 3/8" socket extension fits in it and the claws tighten down on the filter.



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    'Scuse the mess, the wife's office is the back half of the family room.
     
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    Cory Richards Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    I used a round metal filter wrench that attaches to a ratchet the first time. Last time I just used brute force and my two hands to remove my Motorcraft filter. :)
     
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    Wes Davis Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    I like your coffee table JohnnyO.
     
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    Gavin Allan Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V8 Engine

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    I got one like JohnnyO. I call it the "IRON CLAW". It loosens any stuck filter and has never failed me in over 8 years.
     
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    I stab it with a flat head screwdriver to loosen it, JK :lol: That's what we use to do in the yard.



    I generally tighten the filter with my so that I can loosen it with a dry rag. Doesn't take a lot of torque to get a seal.
     
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    I like the iron claw!...where do I sign up and get one...good pictures and thanks johnnyO
     
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    Michael Cacioppo Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    I have what JohnnyO has....no not a tire coffee table, an iron claw. Works great.
     
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    TrainTrac Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V8 Engine

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    I was always told your not supposed to use any tools for this task. It's supposed to be hand tight.:lol:
     
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    Thomas Rogers Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    You are right, TrainTrac, you seem to have caught the "unloosen" word. If to make something loose is to loosen, then to unloosen must be just the opposite or, "to tighten".



    Had a friend that would say "unthaw" all the time. I forgot to "unthaw the steaks"....I always said "unthaw" means "freeze".



    Sorry OneTracMind, we can be nit pickers here.



    Just drill a hole in the side of the filter and put a screwdriver in it to give her a turn (JUST KIDDING, but someone once gave me this advice...obviously the chance of getting filings in your system ain't worth it).



    TJR
     
  14. Johnny O

    Johnny O Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    I got it at a local independent auto parts store for about $10 as I recall. It was later turned into a NAPA store so maybe they have them too. It also works nicely on my parents' Cadillacs and my Astro, any filter that hangs vertically.
     
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    try this its called wrench motivx sells for 19.95. Has good reviews on Amazon.
     

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