Here is a picture of my tools. I can honestly say I've tried pretty much every kind there is. I won't use anything but a ratchet-type one on my cars.
The 3-pronged thing on the left is my new tool which I bought for the 4 cyl. It cost $15 from some auto shop and is not the best thing out there, but it was all that fitted and was affordable.
On the right is my E-series compatible SuperCheap Auto tool. It cost well under $10 and would always be my first choice. I would have bought a smaller equivalent for the 4 cyl but they only make them in too-small and too-large sizes.
Jack Travis, E-Series Acting President
1989 Ford Fairmont Ghia turbo/GL replica (underway)
1994 Eunos 800M
1990 Ford Laser S
mine is similar to hte black one on the left, although different.
ill see if i can grab a pic. if your close to an autobarn store, go have a look its chrome, and comes with a moulded in 3/8th drive, and a half inch drive adapter also.
it was $33, which brought the total expendature today to $120 (new trolley jack and axle stands, 2 filter removers-first one was the dodgy one, penrite hpr40 oil and ryco Z9 filter)
I've actually found the best filter remover to be the short length of square tubing with a loop of seat belt material attached. This tube then attaches to a 1/2" drive rachet.
You just wrap the strap around the filter and undo it with a rachet.
These last forever, never slip, and have removed every filter I've ever attempted.
Otherwise, its amazing what a rubber glove can do for you (no lewd comments :) ).
When your not worrying so much about gripping the thing and not slipping, you can put a whole lot more force onto it, and usually (in my experience) get it off...
Well with a bit of lateral thinking, i used a hose clamp on the filter, and a screwdiver in that, and a hammer to loosen the filter on my, then hand tighten it as tight as possible, then a long scrwdriver, and a carefull tap from the top into the rim of the filter to tighten it fully. no leaks and was pretty easy to do :0)
I did put something here, but it vanshied, I think
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