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Old 03-15-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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Oil filter removal help

I need some help from some "do it yourself" guys. I cannot loosen the oil filter on my 3126E cat. I tried to use a tool that has a strap that goes around the filter and uses a 1/2" racket. I could not break it loose.

Does anyone know where I can purchase a filter wrench that would handle this job? I don't try the screwdriver through filter trick.

Thanks for any advice.

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Old 03-15-2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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I found an oil filter wrench at Pep Boys that looks like pair of channel locks
with teeth. It worked well,wear gloves in case that you slip.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:13 AM   #3
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I need some help from some "do it yourself" guys. I cannot loosen the oil filter on my 3126E cat. I tried to use a tool that has a strap that goes around the filter and uses a 1/2" racket. I could not break it loose.

Does anyone know where I can purchase a filter wrench that would handle this job? I don't try the screwdriver through filter trick.

Thanks for any advice.

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When you say " I could not break it loose", what does that mean? Does the strap slide on the filter or can you just not get enough leverage to get it to start turning?

If the latter, you need a 18-24 inch breaker bar.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:39 AM   #4
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I could not get enough leverage. I will try the breaker bar. Thanks
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:29 AM   #5
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Constant pressure.

Just keep a good amount if pressure and it will release.

Learned that back in my gas station days on "jeep day".

That was every Saturday when we serviced the jeeps for the misquito abatement department. ..
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I just did mine on my 07 Endeavor and just about gave up before it finally broke loose. I was using the longest strap style wrench I could find.

If you go to KD tools website you'll see they have some steel band style wrenches that take a breaker bar. That might work.

I'm going to make a cup style wrench for mine. The type that goes on the bottom of the filter.

When my secondary fuel filter would not come loose with a band wrench, I got one of my cup wrenches and drove it on the bottom of the filter, then used a 1/2" breaker bar with a long extension.

Since the filters are pretty thin sheet metal, the lugs in the cup wrench bit right in and took the filter off, no problem. That's what I plan to do with the oil filter next time.
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I also use a heat gun on low and heat up the threads. When it gets real warm to the touch it will usually break lose. I also find turning it both ways will break it lose. Be sure and oil the new gasket and only tighten the new filter to "snug".
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I got it. Thanks for the advice. I jacked it up and used a 24" breaker bar and finally got it off.

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Ron, the filter was probably installed with the gasket dry, and that's the reason removal was difficult. When you fill the new filter with oil prior to install , make sure you wipe some oil onto the gasket.
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Ron, the filter was probably installed with the gasket dry, and that's the reason removal was difficult. When you fill the new filter with oil prior to install , make sure you wipe some oil onto the gasket.
X2 - ALWAYS oil the gasket and tighten up the filter by hand or one full turn. I use a cap type filter wrench with a ratchet. Some can be a real bugger to break loose as you have found out.
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I always cover the gasket with anti seize grease when I install the new filter and always fill it with oil before installing.
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This style made by KD and others is great when you don't have room to swing a wrench with a handle. With the proper length socket wrench extension and a breaker bar it gets some otherwise impossible filters.
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I have learned that if you have a web type oil filter strap always put it at the lowest point on the oil filter. I have crushed a few oil filters before I realized that the strongest point to locate the strap is on the bottom of the filter.
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I've had good luck with this Craftsman universal oil filter wrench. 3/8th drive or use a 3/4 inch wrench. It fits 2-1/2 to 4-3/4 diameter filter.
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