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3rz oil filter reverse thread?

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by Sloth, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. Dec 15, 2012 at 9:14 AM
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    Sloth

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    Yes I searched ....

    Is the 3rz oil filter reverse thread? I've been trying for about an hour to get the fucker off and it won't budge. I think the dealer had he-man put this thing on. Strap wrench nor filter wrench will budge the thing.

    I rented the side of it in, think its alright to fill with oil and drive to a shop to see if they can get it off
     
  2. Dec 15, 2012 at 3:36 PM
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    somebody probly put it on with a filter wrench. You might try drilling a hole from one side to the other and putting a long steel bar through it and use that to twist it off.
     
  3. Dec 16, 2012 at 5:39 PM
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    One time this happened to me, I had to use a strip of emery cloth, folded in half, so the strap wrench could get a bite.
     
  4. Dec 16, 2012 at 6:03 PM
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    Normal thread, BUT remember when you're working under the truck, sometimes your perspective can get reversed... helped a few people repair oil pans on motorcycles because they tightened the drain bolt trying to remove it.

    So... laying on your back looking up at the bottom of the filter, you rotate it counter-clockwise. Wrench handle toward the rear of the truck, pull the handle toward the block, not the tire.
     
  5. Dec 18, 2012 at 9:47 PM
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    Channel locks dude. Or as a last resort pound a screwdriver through the side into the inner web (Don't use a swing press to get it in, just a good whack with the heel of your hand should pierce it. That way if you're too high up you won't wreck the threads on filter boss). But try channel locks first, less mess. And if you don't own a pair you should buy one anyway because they're too handy not to have.
     
  6. Dec 18, 2012 at 9:51 PM
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    If It is the original filter from the factory Toyota puts those on pretty darn tight.Mine on the first change was a biatch to get off.
     
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    It says 3RZ in the title. If he's just pulling the OEM filter now, he's got more problems than a tight filter. Or he's had it parked for 8-16 years.
     
  8. Dec 19, 2012 at 5:15 AM
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    Haha, no not the OEM filter. And ya, I was turning it the right (correct) way. Ended up trying a different strap wrench, one of the metal band ones instead of the rubber strap one I was using, and was able to get it off after some considerable effort.

    This was my first oil change since I bought the truck from a Toyota dealer. I suspect it was a combination of not oiling the gasket/ threads and having Arnold Schwarzenegger put it on.

    Thanks for the replies, just wanted to make sure I wasn't tightening it more than it already was.
     
  9. Dec 19, 2012 at 6:53 PM
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    I really like these. The harder you have to turn, the tighter they grip, similar to a strap wrench, but you can use them with a socket and extension and they grip better than straps.

    ofr.jpg
     
  10. Dec 20, 2012 at 5:20 AM
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    I actually fried one of those too. Just couldn't get it to grip. Probably user error, or maybe cause I deformed it using the rubber strap wrench.
     
  11. Dec 21, 2012 at 10:17 PM
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    You'd be surprised.

    The factory filters on many vehicles are on there as if it's a critical part that is to never be removed.

    2006 must have been a bad year, as both my 2006 Silverado/Duramax and my 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan, the factory oil filters were on so tight that by the time I got through the progression of hand > cap wrench > strap wrench > oil filter channel-locks > regular channel locks > screwdriver through the case > now the fucking case is destroyed...

    I ended up peeling the cases off completely, removing the element, and placing a punch against one of the holes in the base and hammering it off.
     
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