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Old 06-13-2011, 02:15 PM
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I finally got it resolved. I removed the adapter and unscrewed the two hoses. I placed the base plate of the filter in the vice, of course the nut on the threading was one size bigger than the largest socket I had in my tool box. So I took a 15" cresent wrench to the nut, had to bang away at it with a mallet, finally the base gave way. Once I made the first 1/2" turn, it was easy from there. I marked up the surface area of the adapter pretty good with the screw driver when I was in the bilge, but none of the marks went straight through from the inner lip to the outer, I figure if I crank down on the new filter real tight that will prevent it from leaking!!!

I oiled up my K&N real well, hand tightened to + 1/4", then waited 5 min, and turned back 1/8". In all seriousness, I would hate to have paid for 4-5 hrs worth of labor for such a simple task from a mechanic. Unreal, you get a $450 bill for $13 oil filter exchange.
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Old 06-13-2011, 03:30 PM
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Glad you got it off sir. From now on...I'm only going 1/4 turn past gasket contact.
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Old 06-13-2011, 03:36 PM
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I have used a hose clamp in the past; place it over the filter; tighten it up; put a screwdriver on the screw and hit the screwdriver with a hammer.
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I usually end up unscrewing the lines, pulling the filter bases off, put he base in rag wrapped vise, then do the screw drive routine thru the filter. A real pain when you have to do this three times every time you change oil. I dont "crank" the new filters on either, but every time they just dont want to come back off.
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1) Are you guys cleaning and then lubing the housing/gasket surface before you install the new filters?
2) Are y'all warming the engine oil before you change it? The suspends any particles in the oil so it drains with the oil, and it also allows the filter and base to warm up providing an easier loosening of the filter.
3) For all yous with inverted filters, that is--with the opening of the filter facing DOWN, are you piercing the filter TDC all the way through, and letting the now pressure released oil to drain back into the pan?

The above tips make for extremely easy oil changes. I also only use Napa Wix Racing oil filters which I believe are made very stout in addition to their oil filtering capabilities. I put mine on with less than a 1/4 turn of tightness with an oil wrench, and have over 1000 combined engine hours with no issues with oil filters that were that tough to get off.
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I'm anal about oil changes and do all of my own in all my vehicles / toys and the only F-ing one that I ever have a problem with is the boat.

I tried that put a hole in the filter trick and that made it worse. all that does is ensure you'll make a bigger mess because oil comes out both ends.

Mine are always fused to the filter base. I always lube the filter rings well and still they are beyond hard to get off.

So, I feel for ya. good luck.
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That's what I'm going to do once I get it in the vice, if my pipe wrench is big enough, I don't have any can left, just the base plate screwed onto the adapter, on bammarine's schematic, it looks like the threaded fitting has a nut, so I just might just unscrew the fitting out of the adapter. I was stoked today too, finally a real easy oil change with the hose on the bottom of the pan, slip it through the hole and emptied right into the oil container, no more pumping it through the dipstick. But of course, Murphy's law kicking me in the nutz once again with the filter, just can't catch a break!!!
Now that you have the can ripped off of the base plate take a punch and tap/bend the plate back away from the seating surface and unscrew it. Ugly but works. Don't smack it just enough to bend the filter plate.
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I tried that put a hole in the filter trick and that made it worse. all that does is ensure you'll make a bigger mess because oil comes out both ends.
You do have to let it drain for about 30 minutes or so; especially if you do it cold. My filters come off darn near bone dry. I make more of a mess when refilling the oil than I do draining it.
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Had this problem last year. Was hell and eventually got it off w/ a screwdriver punched through.

Got so pissed I just broke down and paid the marina to do it this year......
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my filters were stuck, i went through three crappy filter wrenches before I went to sears and bought these two, they didn't break and got the filters off.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SPM1296310601P

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...&blockType=G14

I bought them at my local sears auto center mine are slightly different than the pics but high quality tools.
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