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Oil filter wrench size: 73mm or 74mm?

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by rickcrna, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. Oct 15, 2013 at 9:29 PM
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    rickcrna [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Am interested in purchasing an Assenmacher oil filter wrench suitable for the OEM oil filter on my 2013 Taco with 2.7L engine. The feedback I am reading is that the 73mm is really snug and it's difficult to remove the filter once off the truck. I have also read people using the 74mm as well.

    Does anyone have any experience with this tool and what proper size to use for my situation? The applications information on the Assenmacher website was not very definitive.
     
  2. Oct 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM
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    X2 im intersted as well.
     
  3. Oct 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM
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    Great question. I wanted one of those wrenched that is like a socket that fits on the end of the filter so I took an OEM filter to Auto Zone and tried every wrench they sell and none of them fit properly. Then went to O'Reiley, none there fit either. Had to buy a strap type wrench that pivots. It works but you cant really get off to the side on the V6 filter very well. SOMEBODY has to make a socket style tool....
     
  4. Oct 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM
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    Why not one of these? I used to work at toyota changing oil. And that's all we really needed.

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    If they are put on correctly in the first place, they shouldn't really need a tool to get them off.

    I worked at a Valvoline oil change place and have done many hundreds of changes. A lot of the factory ones were on way too tight and/or had unlubed gaskets... and that is when we used the tools to get them off.
     
  6. Oct 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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    Since my truck is new and I am anticipating gathering of tools I will need for my first oil change...this is the impetus for the question. I fully anticipate getting the factory installed oil filter off will be difficult without the correct size wrench.
     
  7. Oct 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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    73mm with 14 flats
     
  8. Oct 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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    I cheat and use a big honkin' pair of vice grips on mine. I bought them in high school at a garage sale for $5, and I figure they've saved me at least $100 in different specific filter wrenches in the last 10 years or so. Lots of different cars, but the vice grips fit 'em all!
     
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    I usually just stick a screwdriver through it for leverage. The first time is the worst, especially on Toyotas.
     
  10. Oct 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM
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    I actually tried the screwdriver trick once and I don't recommend it. I actually destroyed the filter trying to get it off the car. That was a LONG afternoon:frusty:
     
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    Yeah, I know what you mean. Once the sheet metal starts tearing, you're pretty much screwed. I don't necessarily recommend it either, just as an option. Best bet is a socket cap, filter pliers, Vise Grips or Channel Locks. Not that crap they sell at K-mart or Wal-mart with the red handle. :)
     
  12. Oct 21, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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    This is a smart anticipation...they are on there stupid tight from Toyo.

    I'd go with the 73mm...and live with it being too tight the first time...
    the one i got from the parts place must have been 74mm...or just slightly
    too large to grab the sides of the filter.

    I had to put a couple screws thru the socket and into the filter to get mine off finally...
    so the socket was basically a throw away anyway.

    As others say, if the gasket is lubed properly and put on right,
    hand tight is all you need after the first removal.

    Good luck with it and plan on spending way to much time getting
    it off.

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