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    Can not remove oil filter

    The filter has been on for many years. I can't get it to turn. Even turned bike on the side to help get leverage. Suggestions???

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    Quote Originally Posted by sy308moa View Post
    The filter has been on for many years. I can't get it to turn. Even turned bike on the side to help get leverage. Suggestions???
    If your wrench isn't slipping, get a longer bar. If your wrench is slipping coat the inside with something abrasive like valve grinding compound. You could also drive a long strong screwdriver through the filter case at the correct angle so you had better leverage but that's tricky.

    I mean no disrespect but make sure you're turning it in the correct direction. You might also try tightening it to break it free.
    Last edited by Roger 04 RT; 09-22-2012 at 02:33 PM.

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    Bigger

    Bigger hammer and longer screwdriver to drive through the filter.
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    IF the filter wrench is slipping, put a rag inside the filter wrench, then try. Using a longer also sounds like a good idea. Maybe both of these together might loosen it for you. Good luck. Let us know your final solution.
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    That happened to me when I first got my bike.

    1/ You have to apply torque below the filter so you need a spacer.
    2/ You need a positive connection to the filter that will not tear out or slip.

    I used 2 screws, I've seen guys put 5 in.

    This is medieval and ugly and crude but it worked so well I wondered why the oil filter socket didn't work.







    Use to loosen only, tighten with this bad boy and you'll have way more trouble next time.
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    You could do the same basic thing as Mike but using the standard filter wrench by drilling a few holes in filter wrench and then inserting screws thru the holes into the filter.
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    Holy Smokes!!
    Seeing the images of the tools required to get an oil filter off frightens me! The lack of maintenance required to get things to that stage is pretty scary.
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    be brave and beat the snot out of the sonofabitch...
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    Then again I suppose it might not be lack of maintenance but just over zealousness with the tightening. ??
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    If the oil filter socket wrench is slipping over the facets on the filter body, drill 6 holes in the filter socket wrench and insert six 1/4" sheet metal screws through it into the oil filter.

    You are turning it counter clockwise?

    Next time, use some Dow Corning High Vacuum grease on the oil filter seal.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Wanderer View Post
    Then again I suppose it might not be lack of maintenance but just over zealousness with the tightening. ??
    I had to use my above mod to loosen an oil filter that was torqued to spec when it was installed.

    The seal was bone dry even though it was coated with oil when I installed it. Its why I now use a grease compatible with rubber on the seal instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalRider View Post
    If the oil filter socket wrench is slipping over the facets on the filter body, drill 6 holes in the filter socket wrench and insert six 1/4" sheet metal screws through it into the oil filter.

    You are turning it counter clockwise?

    Next time, use some Dow Corning High Vacuum grease on the oil filter seal.



    Jeez Alex.
    Nice job. All holes de-burred and none look as though they've been used, I'm guessing you took the pic before scratching them up.
    Mines just like yours but I at least I used real wood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MotorradMike View Post
    Jeez Alex.
    Nice job. All holes de-burred and none look as though they've been used, I'm guessing you took the pic before scratching them up.
    I have two oil filter wrenches (one here and one in Europe) and modded both of them after I needed to...once. Since then, I use DC High Vacuum grease on the seal.

    Quote Originally Posted by MotorradMike View Post
    Mines just like yours but I at least I used real wood.
    I already had the Hazet oil filter socket wrenches.

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    Thanks, guys. Will try the rag first, then with screws into filter. Looks like will need to bring the wrench inside to the drill press and modify it. Lots of good ideas. Will try tomorrow for the filter again. Let you know as soon as I have it off. Rainy today anyway so not good for riding here.

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