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post #1 of 26 Old 04-29-2010, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Filter stuck!

Ok, so trying to change my oil this morning, can't get the oil filter off. Maybe I put it on too tight last time, not sure. Usually comes off just fine with the cap-type wrench. Tried using plier-style wrench too, just makes lots of dents and scratches and can't get enough of a squeeze on it. My tools around the house are a little limited. Any tips on trying to get this badboy off?

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You can drive a screwdriver through the body. It's messy and you are really committed once you try it though.

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Next time be sure to oil the rubber gasket on the filter and amen to the scredriver through the filter. It is messey but it works!
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If you have to you can get a crush-type filter remover, like big plyers, it crushes the filter to give you some engagement points on the filter so you can put a lot more torque into turning it off.

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Ditto on the screwdriver. A 16"+ pipe wrench will also do the job.
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Ditto on the screwdriver. A 16"+ pipe wrench will also do the job.
+1 on pipe wrench...

My OEM (original) filter that the bike came with was put on by the incredible Hulk. I actually broke a (plastic???) oil filter attachment/wrench that I bought at Autozone and did not want to use the screwdriver trick because of the mess. But pipe wrench did it. Did deform the filter but no leaks.

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Get a belt strap wrench. Then go buy a K&N Filter with a wrench type top. In over 35 years of working on bikes and cars I have never had a leak or a stuck filter by tightening by hand as firm as possible and then a 1/4 twist with a wrench. +1 on oil on the O ring.
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If you have to you can get a crush-type filter remover, like big plyers, it crushes the filter to give you some engagement points on the filter so you can put a lot more torque into turning it off.
Get thee to a Harbor Freight Hardware store. You can get the above mentioned tool for a few paltry dollars and it works so well.

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Try a strap wrench next..then a pipe wrench...then big channel locks to crush it a bit...save the screwdriver as last resort. Makes a real mess and likely one of the other methods will do it. Another good argument for making sure you lube the O ring before installing a new one.

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Never had a filter that wouldn't come off with one of the steel strap style wrenches. Worst-case scenario, wrap a little sandpaper (rough side in) on the filter before applying wrench. Wrenches run about 5 bucks at auto stores. Just be sure to get the right size (take the new filter along).
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