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Anyone Know Of An Oil Filter Wrench Besides

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Can you use a plain strap wrench or are these specialist wrenches required?

The filter is inside a cannister. A strap wrench will likely work for removal. You will want to be extra careful putting the filter back on. It is made of plastic and it can be broken. That is why most folks buy the removal wrench and then put it back on using a torque wrench.

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I wish I had a still picture of when we filmed the duo 30k services because I bought a strap wrench with me. There is no reason it would not work but there is not a lot of clearance to swing a strap wrench. Plus some of the oil filter cannisters I have removed were on so tight I had to use a 24" breaker bar on my cup style oil filter wrench to get the thing unscrewed. You cannot do that with a strap wrench if the cannister has be over torqued and I would not want to do it with the stubby handle on a strap wrench.

Plus, people want the cannister torqued back on with a torque wrench set to 18 foot pounds and you cannot do that with a strap wrench. I do not use a torque wrench when I screw the cannister back on in my own car since I know what 18 pounds feels like. I do use it when working on other cars since it makes them feel better. I have never seen a mechanic use a torque wrench on the plastic cannister, but maybe that is why sometimes I have to use my breaker bar to get it off. Jeff

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