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Old 01-12-2013, 05:29 PM
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Default First oil change done, no problem

Well after reading all these horror stories about the filter being a bitch to remove, I went and bought a Fram oil filter wrench (which is a metal socket attachment-don't buy the other brand which is graphite) and I had my 2.5lb sledge hammer at the ready. So I just put the tool on the filter and just tapped away at the socket with the hammer and it came loose easily. Then, I slipped a plastic bag over the filter and continued to un-thread it. I only had a bit of spillage. Super easy. I encourage everyone to get this tool. Its like $7. Just don't make the mistake of tightening (clockwise, of course) instead of loosening (counter clockwise) because I could see that causing all kinds of problems once you figure out you're going the wrong way. Sounds obvious but most mistakes are obvious once you realize you've made them..
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I've never removed an OEM oil filter for the first time and NOT had an issue..... certainly nothing that went as smooth as your description. Some were just damn tight and I had to work it for some time prior to coming loose; most were a complete dissmantle job and a wreck.

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Thanks. Yeah, everything I've ever done has taken twice as long as expected the first time. lol. This was awesomely unexpected.
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