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I use the band wrenches that use a rubber type material instead of metal for the band itself. Better Grip.
You can also see if you can find a socket style filter wrench that fits filters that have the same size base your wrench fits. I have yet to find a filter that a properly sized socket style filter wrench can't get off.
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I don't think I've ever crushed an oil filter by using a band wrench. Both of my band wrenches are all metal, and one of those was eventually DIY-modified to fit a much smaller diameter filter than the one it was originally purchased for.
Maybe that's because I set the band close to the end of the filter where the end of the filter provides maximum resistance to crushing?
'08 GT/5MT (mine)
'10 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT/6MT (hers)
'95 626/V6/5MT (autoX, winter, spare)
'01 Maxima 20AE/5MT (other spare)
Last edited by Norm Peterson; 07-08-2014 at 07:39 AM.
On other cars I have used the screwdriver method but on my '11 GT I tighten by hand and loosen by hand. Motorcraft filters every time. I've done about 8 oil changes now and never a problem with the filter.
2011 GT Premium / Ingot Silver / Comfort Pkg / Brembo Pkg / 3.73 / SW off-road X pipe / Steeda Sport Springs / Koni STR.T struts and shocks / UMI adjustable panhard rod / DG Custom Louvers / Graphics Express Hood and Trunk Stripes / Steeda CAI / BAMA Tunes 89, 93, 93 (ghost cam)
Location: PA to KY ('07) to IL ('09) to MS ('10) to FL ('11)
I've been doing oil changes since the 70's and for the past 20-30 years, I've owned anywhere from 2 to 5 vehicles. The only times I crushed a filter or used the screwdriver method were on 2 or 3 factory-installed, torqued by a gorilla filters. As Norm stated, I seem to have no issues, even with tight filters, using an all metal band type wrench applied near the end of the can.
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