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Old 21-07-2021, 17:09   #16
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The top down tool (above) generally works fine on spin-on filters. You should be applying grease on the rubber gasket when installing new filters. It makes later removal easier.
Another solution is a remote filter kit. It blocks off the original filter position and has ports for oil lines. And the filter mount can be pointed down so there's no spillage. You also can run a bigger filter. The bigger the filter, the slower oil passes thru and more dirt (smaller micron size) is caught. That's why on some big diesel you see 2-3 filters, dividing the oil flow.

+1 for this, crazy how they make horizontal mounted filters guaranteed to make a mess. Cheap manufacturing tho.
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i wondered about the silicon grease. will start using it
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Old 21-07-2021, 19:25   #18
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It’s life changing. The first time I did my own oil change on my airplane, I used oil. 50 hours later, couldn’t get the damn thing off. Airplane filters have a ‘nut’ spot welded to the end. Snapped the nut off. Mangled the thing removing it.

My A&P taught me the silicone grease trick and it’s been smooth sailing ever since.
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We've always used one of these; doesn't take up much space; combined with a Snap On 80tooth ratchet and it fits almost every filter and space. https://shop.snapon.com/product/Oil-...er-Wrench/A91F
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We've always used one of these; doesn't take up much space; combined with a Snap On 80tooth ratchet and it fits almost every filter and space. https://shop.snapon.com/product/Oil-...er-Wrench/A91F
Well, at 139 bucks for a bit of webbing and what looks like a common socket, I'd expect it to unscrew the filter with no hands and not looking!

I'm fond of SnapOn tools, but that's kinda steep IMO

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I just grab and crush it a bit with large channel locks and twist it off.

When I install, I always put a thin film of dielectric grease (silicone grease) on the gasket. Works far better than a smear of oil. Learned this trick working on air cooled airplane engines, where they would get so hot that the oil smear trick didn’t do a damn thing. Trucks, cars, bikes, boats, planes...filter never gets stuck on.


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