How to Remove a Stuck Oil Filter

How to Remove a Stuck Oil Filter

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If your oil filter is stuck and you?re using a tool to remove it that isn?t working, stop.

If you continue, you?ll risk collapsing the can, which will create an oil spillage.

When an oil filter jams, it becomes stuck on the compressed gasket between the filter and the block. Luckily, there are a few ways to get around this problem and loosen the oil filter.

In this blog post, we?ll show you how?

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Screwdriver Method

Insert a thin screwdriver between the gasket and the block, sliding the screwdriver around the gasket to loosen it.

If this doesn?t work, you can also insert the screwdriver through the filter and then wrench it away. This method should only be a last resort though. It will destroy the filter, creating a messy oil spillage, and there?s no guarantee that it will remove the metal plate at the top of the filter (though you can remove this with the screwdriver too).

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Band Wrench Method

Band wrenches can be particularly effective for spin-on filters. Tighten the metal band around the filter?s canister to force it away. It can help to wedge sandpaper between the wrench and the filter to increase friction ? even better if you can get hold of adhesive sandpaper. Secure the band wrench as close to the base of the filter as possible to minimise the risk of crushing the canister.

If the metal band wrench still doesn?t remove the filter, you may find that an alternative rubber or synthetic material strap wrench or vice grip wrench is more effective on your particular filter.

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Note: WD40 can help to loosen the filter in both these methods.

It can also be helpful to warm the engine before removing the oil filter, as the heat should help to loosen the filter. Only turn the engine on for a few minutes though, else it may become dangerously hot.

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Fitting Your New Oil Filter

When you fit your new filter, remember to lubricate the seal with engine oil, and don?t over-tighten the filter. This should stop the filter getting stuck next time.

If you?re not sure which oil filter is best for you, simply enter your number plate into our car lookup tool, and we?ll identify the best oil filters for your car.

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Originally published at on April 8, 2019.


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