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1/2 Drive Oil Filter strap- the only oil filter tool you'll ever need for the rest of your life $6.99 REG 9.59

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[Napa Auto Parts] 1/2 Drive Oil Filter strap- the only oil filter tool you'll ever need for the rest of your life $6.99 REG 9.59

https://www.napacanada.com/en/p/ECF7769 ... ostedflyer

This is the best tool that you can use to remove a stuck oil filter. Works for any spin on filter. The only thing you need is a 1/2 drive ratchet or breaker bar to use this. The more you turn the tighter it gets.

Versus various other options;

Oil filter caps-
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Useless unless you work at a dealership and only use OEM filters that are identical across 90% of the fleet. There are so many different shapes and sizes across oil filter manufacturers, like different diameters and number of edges, you'll just waste time and money finding various cups and caps that probably won't even fit. Imagine wasting your money buying a whole set.

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Pliers
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Useless if the oil filter is in a hard to reach spot. Slips off easily. Need to maintain constant pressure as you turn.

Metal band
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Useless in hard to reach situations. Rarely do you have the right size, it's always too big or too small. Even if you get the right size, it often slips off.

Claw filter
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Works well most of the time, but won't work on small filters or big filters.

Straps
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Grips well but won't work if the filter is in a hard to reach spot. Save the tool for your wife or gf to open jars.
Bro, just stab it with a screwdriver and turn, bro!
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Now what genius?

Save yourself $ and headache and buy the filter strap.
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Port Colborne
Well that's a whole lot of FUD. Maybe Jiffy Lube is more your speed if you don't know how to use the tools.
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Probably works well. I find that having multiple methods laying around works best. All depends on access. For $7, worth it to have around.

My personal favourite are the locking vice grip wrench type. Similar to your pliers method but with a lock feature.
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Up for effort
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Looks kind of cool, but I don't know if the other tools are as problematic as you make them sound.

If I can't turn it by hand, the rubber straps have never failed me yet, even on a super tight yamaha jetski engine.
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Dec 28, 2022
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If I can’t get a filter off by hand I pull out my 63250 lisle filter wrench, this thing working absolutely amazing compared to anything else I’ve ever used for getting stuck filters off.
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Prince George
I use the style in the OP. Lisle brand bought at Princess Auto but same thing. I admit I haven't tried all the alternatives, only a couple of the cheaper ones years ago, but this style works well enough for me that I don't see a need for anything better.
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Looks like a nice ergonomic upgrade from my undersized pliers wrench. But how is it for installs?
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paperonion wrote: Looks like a nice ergonomic upgrade from my undersized pliers wrench. But how is it for installs?
A spin on oil filter would not require the torque you are thinking for an install. Hand tight and maybe a quarter turn extra.
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Problem is most people do not read the instructions
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smillybob wrote: If I can’t get a filter off by hand I pull out my 63250 lisle filter wrench, this thing working absolutely amazing compared to anything else I’ve ever used for getting stuck filters off.
I have the same lisle and the ops strap.

The lisle works a lot better than the strap.
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Wouldn't need this if you didn't crank the crap out of it during install lol
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This type of wrench has been working perfectly fine for the cars I've worked on.
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danascully wrote: Wouldn't need this if you didn't crank the crap out of it during install lol
Dealerships only hire angry gorillas to put on their filters. Guaranteed to be human hand proof.
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If you tighten to finger tight, you wouldn't need a wrench to take it off.
The gasket only needs to be compressed a little to seal. Once the engine warms up, it's going to push on the gasket even more, thus removal always take more effort.
People overestimate how tight the oil filter needs to be.

I don't have any car with cartridge style oil filter so don't know if those require much more torque than regular oil filters.
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wing0 wrote: If you tighten to finger tight, you wouldn't need a wrench to take it off.
The gasket only needs to be compressed a little to seal. Once the engine warms up, it's going to push on the gasket even more, thus removal always take more effort.
People overestimate how tight the oil filter needs to be.
On the other hand, I had one come loose once. That was messy. So they do have to be properly tight, basically as tight as you can by hand.
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No thanks. Im happy with my filter caps.
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not sure where i got the one i use but it's basically a seatbelt in a loop with a metal bar a 1/2" ratchet fits into. you slip the 'seatbelt' over the filter then twist the metal piece until the seatbelt is tight. then attach the ratchet to twist off the filter. works great.

edit: like this one https://www.amazon.ca/Advanced-Design-A ... B000OUZBTQ

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