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Can't get my oil filter off

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Oshnjoe, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Aug 7, 2010 at 12:15 PM
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    Oshnjoe

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    damn thing is really tight
    tried a pipe wrench - N/G
    tried pump pliers - N/Gis the filter just that tight from factory that I need filter wrench?
     
  2. Aug 7, 2010 at 1:04 PM
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    Nirvana

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    I've heard a lot of guys saying they are really tight from the factory, strap wrench, filter wrench, or the good old screwdriver through the filter.
     
  3. Aug 7, 2010 at 1:07 PM
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    TicTacOma

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    Just be easy hammering that screw driver there, That filter mount isn't all that stout and you could tweak it with a good whack. I know Chris has "soapboxed" this before.
     
  4. Aug 7, 2010 at 3:16 PM
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    blackhawke88

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    my best trick is to kick the trash can out of frustration, yell at the top of my lungs, take a bunch of steps back, focus, get a good running start, and do a flying jump into the engine bay and twist as hard as i can until i pop a vein on my forehead...

    works every time :D
     
  5. Aug 7, 2010 at 3:16 PM
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    Asgard

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    First time I did my oil change I had to use the screwdriver method too, after that I just started using these :

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Aug 7, 2010 at 3:28 PM
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    The_Dude

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    I have had to battle with a few oil filters and I feel for ya. You could try one of these...can be a hassle but it seems to work.

    Next time you put it on, just makes sure it's snug and you're golden.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Aug 7, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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    Krazie Sj

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    ^Bang on. Vacuum from the engine will secure that fucker on there nice and tight so putting the second filter on, just hand tighten securely, but don't crank it on. If you need those filters with the nut on them, you're tightening them too hard.
     
  8. Aug 7, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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    Tojo

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    after reading thru many other horror posts, I attacked it and got lucky with plan "B". use the universal filter wrench! ran the engine 10 mins, let it sit another 5 mins and do it to it with large water pump rounder pliers for 2010 V6 1st time filter replacement....I also noticed the factory filter had a "red" gasket and the replacement OEM Toyo filter gasket was "black". different types of rubber for gaskt material from factory install to OEM replacements??

    Oil Filter Wrench Hose 009.jpg
     
  9. Aug 7, 2010 at 3:49 PM
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    SlurpeeBlueMetallic

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    My usual plan of attack is:

    1 - try to remove with bare hand
    2 - use the rubber grip pad in the kitchen (wife gripes about this one, though)
    3 - sand paper the edge of the filter and use rubber grip pad
    4 - strap wrench/filter wrench
    5 - screwdriver!!

    I've never actually had to use the screwdriver method but for my first oil change I broke one of my strap wrenches trying to get that bastard loosened! Ever since, when putting on a new filter I just tighten it with my finger tips til it's snug then give it another 1/2 turn and I'm always able to loosen it by hand 3000 miles later.
     
  10. Aug 7, 2010 at 3:53 PM
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    Bobo_1

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    New owner here and probably will have the same issue first time I change.

    I had a question about the catch in that picture. Oil is going to come out of the filter and go into that catch. Where does it then go? Are there some drain holes in the bottom of that catch?
     
  11. Aug 7, 2010 at 3:55 PM
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    Yep, check this link for a way to do a drip-free oil change.
     
  12. Aug 7, 2010 at 4:00 PM
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    I owned a new 1996 Ford Ranger 4.0L engine. When I went to the change the filter the first time on that vehicle I ended up driving a screw driver through the filter. Then proceeded to tear off the filter can and it still was not loose. Oh man now what to do nothing to grab onto. had visions of a tow truck coming to get my new truck.

    I grabbed a big metal punch about 10 inches long and a ballpeen hammer and proceeded to start hammering away and the mounting end built into the filter, with the can torn off I coule get to it quite easily. I finally got it to break loose. I did no damage to the engone but pieces of the filter gasket were stick to the mounting plate on the engine. A few moments with a carbon scraper cleaned that up. After that I used axle grease on the gasket and had no more troubles.
     
  13. Aug 7, 2010 at 4:03 PM
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    Hahaha you know I do the same thing but It never works haha
    Must be something that takes years to go write. Haha
     
  14. Aug 7, 2010 at 4:06 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Almost sounds like you know what your talking about (aboot). However, There is no Vacuum in the oil system. Its presureized. Only vacuum created is the cooling off of the oil.

    OP, Toyota employs Godzilla to install the filters from the factory. Once you get it removed, you shouldnt have any more issues with removal.
     
  15. Aug 7, 2010 at 5:29 PM
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    I usually resort to a large set of channel lock pliers if the damn thing wont come loose with the filter removal tool. good luck, you'll get it off with a little persistence!
     
  16. Aug 7, 2010 at 5:34 PM
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    Screwdriver and a hammer as always worked for me
     
  17. Aug 7, 2010 at 5:38 PM
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    Definitely the screwdriver and hammer trick. The factories always seem to glue everything on. Getting the factory radiator hoses off is always a chore also. I guess they don't like leaks.
     
  18. Aug 7, 2010 at 5:39 PM
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    Strap Wrench and you'll have it no problem, just need to use some muscle... Soo get your wife to do it! :p
     
  19. Aug 7, 2010 at 5:45 PM
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    A pair of good channel lock pliers which you can get from Autozone worked for me. Just have the jaws locked on the lower third portion of the filter. Remember righty tighty lefty loosey.

    Ohh and don't forget to summon the strenght of Thor the Thunder god.
     
  20. Aug 7, 2010 at 5:48 PM
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    Don't mean to be an ass or anything, but just try harder... It'll come off, most everyone has been there
     
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