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Can Anyone Recommend an Oil Filter Wrench?

Discussion in 'Ford Raptor Engine Discussion and Performance Mods' started by REMIX, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. REMIX

    REMIX Full Access Member

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    Did the first oil change today (what a mess), but could not get the factory filter off no matter how much I manhandled it. Thought I was crushing it so I gave up. My old school handle filter wrench just didn’t fit right to twist it off. Ended up leaving it on until the next change. Is there a decent one out there that’ll work with a socket wrench? What do you guys recommend? They sure don’t make oil changes easy on this truck. I have a half dozen of the F500 filters here I ordered, is there a tool which fits this specific filter?
     
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    I use Channel Lock pliers. When removing the filter, it does crush it slightly but it does the job on many oil filter sizes. It’s about $15.

    There may not be enough room for a socket. There’s not much room for anything lol.

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    I bought a cup style 3/8ths drive from Wal Mart that fits our filter only (not a multi fit one) and it works like a charm. I think it was like 4 bucks. Grab a filter off the shelf and take it over and find the right one.
     
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    Once you get the factory filter off. You should never need a wrench for removing the filter again....as long as you do your changes yourself and don't overtighen.
    But it is nice to have a backup just incase
     
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    I hand tighten my filter but it won't come off by hand at all. I went though a bunch of filter wrenches - I finally found the one that works best for me. As a note, I use the Ford Racing oil filter which is a bigger diameter than the OEM ford filter. I brought my filter to AutoZone to make sure that the wrench would fit. Also note, make sure you get the right size for whatever filter you are using.

    https://www.autozone.com/shop-and-g...o-3-1-4in-swivel-oil-filter-wrench/964999_0_0
     
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    I keep a cup one handy for my adult kids cars. They get the oil changed at the "lube" places, and every now and then I line up the supplies and offer to do the change when they are over the house visiting. That way I can also make sure fluids are topped, terminals aren't corroding, and the air filter is looking good.

    I bought a filter wrench after extreme difficulty removing a filter that was over-tightened on my Daughter's SUV.
     
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    I must have been married too long. I havent had a problem by hand.
    (Tho i am 6’7 270)

    Do have a set from autozone of different sizes, and a backup channel lock one like above. Dont want to have to do the screwdriver trick, gets messy.
     
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    Thanks for the info. There isn't a ton of room to even get a screwdriver in there without taking the entire skid plate off. I really didn't want to mess with that today. I did install a Fumoto drain plug, so the mess where oil pours out of nearly everywhere shouldn't occur again. Next time, when I finally get the factory filter off, it seems like it should be a pretty easy job.
     
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    Get one that operates like this. Put a 1/2" drive extension on the bottom, attach to a ratchet handle. The more you turn the handle the tighter the wings cam in and grab the filter. Mine is a bit different but works on the same cam principle, and between this and the Channellock pictured above, there hasn't been a filter I've not been able to remove in ~50 years, and believe me, there have been some doozies...... Adapts to different size filters. Good luck....


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