Re: Factory oil filters redux
On Fri, 5 Aug 2005 07:22:08 -0700, "Dave" <email@example.com>
>I finally got tired of those stupid filter wrenches, and busted knuckles.
>My tried and true method, if your careful. Put an oil pan underneath it,
>hammer a big screwdriver THROUGH the filter, and twist.
>This has never failed. You have to be careful not to tear the filter too
>much after you puncture it. Usually it will come off before it starts to
>I hear people cringing right now, and I feel a flame coming, but you know
>what? I'm not frustrated taking off filters anymore, and it works for me
>and I'm very careful.
I've done that but only when I wound up with it crushing when I tried
the normal compression band type wrench on it. I would never do that
as a first resort since if you still have a problem getting it off
after punching a hole in it you couldn't even drive it to a repair
shop to let them take a whack at it.
>"Alan E. Seelbach" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> Last week I posted how difficult it is to remove FACTORY installed oil
>> filters. Most post repliers, except for Jim Warman, didn't seem to
>> understand my post and tried to help me install a new filter (oil gasket,
>> hand tighten, etc.).
>> Well today I had to remove another FACTORY installed oil filter on my
>> wife's Explorer. What we are dealing with here is a 2005 4.6 Explorer.
>> The filter is a Ford FL 820S. I have a socket that I got from AutoZone
>> that fits the FL 820S perfectly...but it doesn't fit the factory
>> filter...it slips while turning, and this is the 4th time I have
>> experienced this problem.
>> I finally got the filter off since I have quite a bit of experience with
>> these factory installed filters...but not without some blood being shed.
>> My conclusion is that the factory filters ARE NOT FL 820S filters. They
>> are a RCH smaller in diameter of the FL 820S, have NO markings as to what
>> they really are, and to paraphrase Jim Warman...they were put on by
>> Anyhow, I now have both factory filters replaced (I have 2 Explorers) and
>> subsequent removals will be a snap since I can remove the filters that I
>> install and the removal socket now fits.
>> I am curious if any other folks had this experience.
>> Sorry for the rant.
>> Al in Poughkeepsie, NY