Stuck Oil Filter on My Vehicle – What to Do?

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Jackson Perez asked 6 months ago
Hi! I encountered a major issue while trying to change the oil filter on my car. The filter is completely stuck and I've tried numerous methods to remove it without success. I've used an oil filter wrench, pliers, a screwdriver and hammer, and even a ratcheting oil filter wrench, but the bottom part just spins separately and is now weaker than the top. I'm at my wit's end and really need some advice on how to tackle this.
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 6 months ago
Hi there, Jackson! It sounds like you're facing quite a challenge with that stuck oil filter - it's happened to me more often than I'd count! Here are some methods you can try:
  1. Larger Channel Locks: Sometimes, a bigger set of channel locks can provide the extra grip and leverage needed to remove a stubborn filter.
  2. Screwdriver and Hammer: This classic method involves carefully placing a screwdriver against the filter and gently tapping with a hammer to create rotation. This can be especially effective if the filter is already partially destroyed.
  3. Strap Wrench: A strap wrench can offer a better grip, especially on slick, rounded surfaces.
  4. Heat Application: Applying some heat around the filter (carefully, to avoid damage) can help expand the metal slightly, making it easier to unscrew.
  5. Pipe Wrench: If there's enough metal left to grip, a pipe wrench might offer the necessary torque.
  6. Chisel Method: Using a chisel and hammer on the edge of the filter can create a rotation force. Be cautious to avoid damaging the engine block.
  7. Rope or Belt Technique: Wrap a rope or belt around the filter and use it to create a gripping surface, then turn with a ratchet for added leverage.
  8. Professional Help: If all else fails, it might be time to seek professional assistance. Sometimes, specialized tools or techniques are needed for particularly stubborn cases.
Remember to always turn the filter counterclockwise for removal and be careful not to damage the surrounding area. Best of luck! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team