What a nightmare this was. I figured i would make a post about my issues with this to possbibly help others that face this same issue... First of all, i bought a car a couple of months ago because i needed another car. I figured after the snow stopped i would do an oil change. Easy, right? Nope. A nightmare. Oil drain bolt was stripped so i had to buy a bolt extractor kit and use a 10" pipe wrench to get it off (took a couple days to get to that point). Then i put a band wrench around the filter and it kept slipping/slightly crushing so i waited for a better day to try again. I tried a smaller band wrench (crushed it), 3 jaw wrench (ultimately ripped it open), rubber strap wrench, hammer/flathead screwdriver, hammer/chisel, screwdriver through it (tore it apart). All that was left was the metal plate. I sprayed it with liquid wrench. I tried to make a tool made out of a bracket with screws in 2 holes to fit the holes on the plate... a screw snapped off in it. I tapped at it for a while with a hammer and screwdriver + chisel in the holes. Didn't budge. I tried to use a razor blade to cut the gasket but couldn't get to it. Ending up getting the remains off with a 24" pipe wrench that my neighbor had. It was a Fram Extra Guard, BTW.
Never tighten a spin on filter to 15-20 ftlb unless specified by the manufacturer, that is far to much. The most I can recall seeing when a spec was given was 7ftlb or 10Nm, most are hand tight only.Get a torque wrench for filter installations. 15-20ft lb is plenty. Can always add 5 more ft lbs if there is a filter gasket leak.
Yes I forgot they had this on Amazon. I had the other place in my head because I just got some stuff from them.Actually, they make a tool for that. I saw Trav post this. I've never needed it, but I'm willing to wager this would have worked: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...&pf_rd_p=5ae2c7f8-e0c6-4f35-9071-dc3240e894a8