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I have used Napa Gold filters for years. The last two oil changes I have had issues getting the filter off. I always lube the gasket and just hand tighten them and then give a quarter turn more. Both times the oil filter wrench, the band kind just crushed the filter. It took me 30 minutes with oil dripping all over me, busted knuckles and way too much lost skin to finally get it off. I used a razor knife to break the seal between the filter and the motor.
Looks like it will be Wix from now on. What wrench are you guys using to remove your oil filters? Was wondering how this one measures up?
Yea, sometimes those filters don't want to come off. Especially if you paid a shop to do the last oil change.
I picked up a similiar style oil filter wrench to the one in the link you posted. Expect mine was local to me at a sears or ace hardware store and made by craftsman. I think it was $20, but I grew tired of dealing with the different size oil filters used on different cars, and having to carry multiple oil filter removal tools. Now, I am confident, no matter what car I but, the oil filter wrench will remove almost any oil filter from almost any car.
And I've already decided, if this wrench I have doesn't do the trick, I will just hammer a screw driver through the side of the oil filter and turn the screw driver untill the oil filter comes off. I almost did that on my last non-mustang car, but instead I went to the hardware store and picked up the wrench I have now. If this wrench doesn't work on a car/truck in the future, I'll just go caveman style. haha
I just had to use the screwdriver method for the first time on my GT. Not sure what happened to the filter that it tightened itself up either. I have always used the motorcraft filters on all my ponies and this was the first issue Ive ever had.
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.
08 S197 GT Auto: FRPP Strut Tower Brace, FRPP Bullitt CAI, Bama 91-P Tune, VBX remaned valve body with Superior Transmission Shift Kit.
Pending upgrades: Shaftmasters Aluminum 3.5" DS, FRPP 3.73 gears, Axle back exahust (?)
Originally Posted by LostBoyz
if you are getting 29mpg in your 5.0, you aren't driving it correctly
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?
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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