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Oil Filter Tricks

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Blumpkinson, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Feb 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM
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    Blumpkinson

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    I have just searched and turned up empty handed, so my question is do you guys have any tricks for removing the oil filter? I take the splash guard off and turn the wheels but its still a freaking pain. There isnt much room to use a filter wrench , maybe im just over tightening it :notsure:
     
  2. Feb 4, 2010 at 5:31 PM
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    Never have changed oil on a 1st gen, but is there enough room for this? Has always worked great for me on other cars/trucks too.

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  3. Feb 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM
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    Possibly, looks like that would be a hell of alot stronger then a regular filter wrench, who make it?
     
  4. Feb 4, 2010 at 5:38 PM
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    Mostly stock for now, I have added a cb radio, various cheap mods and I plan on adding aftermarket wheels and other items in the future.
    A lot of different companies, should be able to find them at most auto parts stores. They do a lot better than all the other kinds of oil filter wrenches in my opinion. They call them oil filter pliers, or some companies call them wrenches.
     
  5. Feb 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM
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    Never tighten your oil filter tighter than hand tight. A quarter turn just past "snug" should be the tightest you should ever go.
     
  6. Feb 4, 2010 at 5:42 PM
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    Looks like theryre worth a try, any first gen guys have any tricks?
     
  7. Feb 4, 2010 at 5:43 PM
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    I always tighten it by hand, but it seems that after 3000 miles its very difficult to get the damn thing started.
     
  8. Feb 4, 2010 at 6:11 PM
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    i use a typical filter wrench, not the strap style, but the clamp style for lack of a better description and it never fails me


    Ryan
     
  9. Feb 4, 2010 at 6:33 PM
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    I had the same issue as you. I use to use fram oil filters and they where always a mother to remove. I had enough with that when in order to replace it I had to take the front right tire off to get a better hold on the filter and that thing still didnt want to wiggle loose.. I now use K&N oil filters with the 1" nut on the bottom. If your really in a pickle, you can always stab the old filter with a screw driver and get some leverage that way.
     
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    turn the wheels all the way to the left,take the wheel well liners down by pulling out the
    plastic fastener behind the right tire, filter is in easy reach. cant help you on keeping shit from running all over the bottom of your truck.. other than wrapping a plastic bag around it..
     
  11. Feb 4, 2010 at 7:26 PM
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    Thanks for the input guys looks like ill be getting one of those wrenches.... now if i could figure out how not to make a complete freaking mess when i finally get the damn thing off:rolleyes:
     
  12. Feb 4, 2010 at 7:31 PM
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    I'm always able to get the filer off by hand. In the future you might try using the Fram Tough Guard filter - it has a texturing on it to allow a better grip.

    I always stuff a bunch of rags under/around the filter to mitigate the mess, but there's always still a mess. I haven't had to change my oil since I read it, but someone on the forum recommended cutting the top off of a 2-liter bottle and cutting an extra 'arc' out of it to hold underneath the filter when removing it to catch the oil.

    Also, you can punch a hole in the end of the filter when the oil is draining and it'll leave a little less in the filter for mess making.
     
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  14. Feb 4, 2010 at 8:16 PM
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    I haven't done my first change yet, but I did a dry run to see what I would need and how I would do it, because it looked like a bitch, even worse than my 93 4-banger. I decided to get a 3/8-drive ratchet-drive wrench of the correct size for the OEM filter top so you can use an extension and get some swing room (the other two filter wrenched I had were clearly not going to fit or have enough room). I also jacked up that corner of the truck to unload the suspension for more room so I didn't have to kiss the tire. Hell, I even unclipped one of the wire harnesses on the frame nearby. This would also make it easier to get the cut-off drink bottle in and out of there to catch the filter spill.
     
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    just tighten it less.
     
  16. Feb 4, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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    i just changed my oil and the last person who put it on must have been hulk! i spent at least 30 minutes trying to get the filter off. it was a fram so the texture wouldn't allow me to use my oil filter wrench....i cussed that filter till i was blue in the face....finally it came off....i personally would never use a fram on anything....the pure one sold at advanced auto parts is textured but allows the use of a cap style oil filter wrench and works great....my advice, dont ever use a fram. i have seen them first hand cause engine damage....
     
  17. Feb 6, 2010 at 6:43 AM
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    X2 - Fram makes complete garbage.........
    Don't ever use Fram if you care about your truck
    The good stuff:
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    Food for thought, on youtube some guy takes apart a bunch of filters. Also way more information then anyone could ever use on 'bobistheoilguy.com'.

    I go with the turning the wheel method most of the time, and once in awhile drop the engine guard to clean things up.
     
  18. Feb 6, 2010 at 7:50 AM
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    I used ones like this - they work great.
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    I typically use Mobil 1 oil & filters. I got a good package deal once at Autozone on a gallon of oil (my choice of brand) and a Fram Tough Guard oil filter - I figured why not (and yes, I do care about my truck). It's the one and only Fram I've ever used. I'm not defending Fram oil filters, and I'm not trying to get something started, but I always say the proof is in the pudding with product preferences. Maybe I had the only good quality filter Fram has ever accidentally produced, but I had an oil analysis done by Blackstone after that change, and they said everything was "excellent". If the Fram was garbage, then I would assume something would have shown up after over 8k miles of use. Anyway, back to the subject of the thread...

    BakoTruck, I've got a a wrench like the one shown in the second post that's a few years old, but it's still in the package (see pictures). I purchased it new when I started changing my own oil, but never needed it. I'd be happy to give it to you since it's just taking up space in my garage. If you're interested, PM me and I'll send it your way. May take a few days to get to Cali from Chattanooga, but I'll mail it Monday.

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  20. Feb 6, 2010 at 8:15 AM
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    I've decided to make a Fram oil filter at home, here's what I'll need:
    Coke can for the outside, alot of flex
    Cheerios cereal box for the filter pleats
    Hot glue gun to meld the cereal box to the pop can
    wrap some coat hanger around my finger to make a back flow spring
    spray paint it orange..........GARBAGE.

    Another trick to get off the tight filters if it's hard to get a grip. Put a nitrile 'Blue Glove' or fine sanpaper over the filter before the strap or band type filter wrench. It's best to get the clamp type that Amsoil sells, adjustable and you just stick a long extension on it.

    Easiest just don't tighten it too much. In cold climates I find filters can come loose in <-25 C temps (contraction), so it's best to error on the side of 'tight' if in really cold temps.
     
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