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Easy way to change the oil filter, having hard time getting the filter off and on?

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Are you having trouble because it's hard to twist off, or difficult to reach? Try a filter wrench, different types available at parts stores. One is like a big socket, or the other is a band that tightens as you turn it. I have on a couple of occasions had to resort to tapping a large screwdriver through the filter (near the end furthest away from where it makes contact with the engine), and used it as a handle to loosen the filter.

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  • paulsn2it Oct 08, 2011

    The oil filter is difficult to reach. The set-up is extremely stupid. My father and I are having a hard time trying to figure out how to get the filter off with the location it is in. Looks like some other parts will have to come off first.....plz help!!!

  • Curt Downs Oct 09, 2011

    Engine size and car year? Apparently GM makes a 'canister' type filter for certain years/engines. This was common on cars in the 50's-60's. K&N filters make a replacement with a large nut on the end of the filter that I believe replaces the cartridge type assembly. I have found some info that says replacing the filter from the top is easier, but I'm not sure if your year/engine is the same as the original post.



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