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I can’t get it off, I have never been so frustrated! I even went as far as to look it up in my Haynes manual. It recommended puncturing it with a screwdriver, after doing this I am in the same situation with an oily filter!!!! Help anyone? :zbash:
 

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Remove your front swaybar and you can get it off with a strap wrench, lol.

No seriously, it really sucks in a stock tbird. It sucks even worse with an addco bar.

You won't be able to get any tool in there to remove the filter, my suggestion is just to spin it on by hand with some sandpaper in your hand, just hand tight, so you can spin it off by hand with another piece of sandpaper when the next oil change comes.

My 4.6 truck has the remote oil filter setup from the factory, and it is sweet, you can just spin it off and you have room around.

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you can get a strap wrench up in there but its really tight, and you can only turn it a very little bit at a time. but once you break it loose you should be able to finish it off by hand. then when you put the new one on there only put it on hand tight. thats how i put mine on every time and it never leaks.
 

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As much as me and my dad hate to have other people do stuff on our cars for us, we've decided that from now on we're just gonna take the Bird in for an oil change. With a lift at my school, it still took me and 2 other guys 45 minutes to complete the change. At home on our crown vics my dad can do it in under 15. Way too hard to change on a Tbird

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you got a belt?

Use the buckle and loop the belt over the top of the filter and pull down so it spins like a yo yo. Pull as hard as possible, it wil come off. I had to do it that way after wally world cranked it on too hard.

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The Great Obucina said:
you got a belt?

Use the buckle and loop the belt over the top of the filter and pull down so it spins like a yo yo. Pull as hard as possible, it wil come off. I had to do it that way after wally world cranked it on too hard.

joseph

LOL...I've used the old belt method before. I had to do that on a friend's 93 Taurus. Man what a PITA. :tongue:
 

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Works like a charm.

 

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that's why i use the k&n oil filter.
 

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you can get a strap wrench up in there but its really tight, and you can only turn it a very little bit at a time. but once you break it loose you should be able to finish it off by hand. then when you put the new one on there only put it on hand tight. thats how i put mine on every time and it never leaks.
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yes, A strap wrench is a tight fit... but you can get it loose... then I pulled it through a tight hole between the power steering line.

I had to position it from the top and line it up to slip through first... then I put my fingure in the hole.... and pulled it out....


next time I do a change Im putting a remote oil filter system on it....




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Admittedly it's no fun, but I've always been able to get a spanner wrench up in there, even when I did have the Addco bar. For me, the bigger problem is getting the filter out of the car once it's off the motor.
 

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I just used my hand, it was tough to break loose but then spun right off... My problem was gettin it out and the new one in there and on...

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Belt didnt work, thanks for the help though. I took my friends father almost a half an hour of hammering to break the seal and begin to spin it off. Fun Fun:rolleyes:
 

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Sears sells a great tool that goes on the top of the filter. It has three arms that constrict around the filter as you tighten it. The harder your turn the harder it grips. It uses a 3/8 drive. WIth a long extension you can get it off through the feder well.
 

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I just used my hand, it was tough to break loose but then spun right off... My problem was gettin it out and the new one in there and on...

Sam
Same here exept I can get mine off pretty easily by hand. I dont get why everyone complains :)
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I got pretty efficant changeing the filter by hand myself, i can do it pretty quickly, but i would be interesed in some infomation in relocateing the oil filter. the engine compartment is pretty cramped on these cars, if anyone has any pics of where they are mounting the oil filters, i would be very appreciative
 

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Hey Torino,
I believe there is a tech article and also there have been some pix posted if you do a search.
 
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