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Old 06-16-2010, 08:07 PM   #1
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Oil Filter Socket Wrench Question

Going to change the oil for the 1st time since getting '98 Boxster and getting all the parts together.

I see PP sells a genuine Porsche Oil Filter Socket Wrench for $35+ and was wondering if there is a generic socket that can be used.

Any help will be appreciated
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:39 PM   #2
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Good luck. Apparently many have had success with generics. I haven't. A metal one just wouldn't go on properly, and the plastic ones just slip.

The last time I changed my oil I managed to get the housing off, but no way could I get it back on torqued. So I got it on as tight as I could by the armstrong method, and so far no leaks!

You'd think I'd give up and buy the Porsche one. But no! Now I'm going to try a fabric strap wrench made by Quaker State that fits onto my 1/2" socket driver.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:20 PM   #3
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you can get the oil filter socket for under $5 at most auto parts stores...I don't recall exactly which size it was, you can do a search on the forum here...I think it was a size B...
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I went through the same thing... I did my own oil change back in Jan. I found a perfect tool/wrench at my local Autozone for around $6. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it fit around the filter housing. Honestly I think I tightened mine by hand and it was fine. No affiliation, but I think there are AZ's in CA???

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Old 06-17-2010, 07:53 AM   #5
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Going to change the oil for the 1st time since getting '98 Boxster and getting all the parts together.

I see PP sells a genuine Porsche Oil Filter Socket Wrench for $35+ and was wondering if there is a generic socket that can be used.

Any help will be appreciated
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The metal filter sockets that have both a 3/8 square hole and a 1/2 inch 6 sided socket at the top work perfectly. I think they're about $5 from almost any parts store. Leaves you $30 to overpay for some other Porsche supplied part.

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Read these instructions if you haven't already.
All you need for the oil/filter change is detailled tyher.
http://www.pedrosgarage.com/Site_3/Change_the_Oil_%26_Filter.html
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I had no luck at Autozone and Pepboys. The Boxster size doesn't seem to be to common. I ordered a generic online for $5. Wish I still had the website handy.
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The best Filter remover is the Strap! I over tighened my filter and could not remove it, the Strap was amazing! I know I know....tighten by hand, learned the hard way. 8 bucks at Kragens...

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Old 06-17-2010, 04:21 PM   #10
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Read these instructions if you haven't already.
All you need for the oil/filter change is detailled tyher.
http://www.pedrosgarage.com/Site_3/Change_the_Oil_%26_Filter.html
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:23 PM   #11
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+1 for the strap wrench - that's what I use for mine. Mine has a rubber strap, but same principle.

Nothing wrong with buying the correct tool - but I already owned a couple of strap wrenches, so it was "free".
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I think Pedro uses iWeb - I have had problems in the past viewing the site with IE, but it works fine with Safari.

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Buy the $5 metal one (can also be used on a 944) and spend the rest of the money on a 3/8" torque wrench so you can tighten it properly.
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Thanks for the useful tips and leads.
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:03 AM   #15
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If you want to torque it, you'll need a cap/socket type tool that connects to your 3/8" drive torque wrench. These are readily available at most parts stores (see above) and should work fine at this very minimal torque setting. If you overtighten it, you may go through hell the next time 9wrench slip) getting it off unless you have the Porsche wrench.
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:01 PM   #16
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What is the torque for the filter housing and drain plug ?
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I use the Autozone Type B for the filter.
As far a torque specs:
I tighen up to about .... that. In other words, bottom out the filter can or drain plug, then about 1/4 to 1/2 turn.
Or drag out the book, dig thru the pages, then find the torque wrench, adjust it and crawl back under the car.

I know that answer will "fire up" some members.
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What is the torque for the filter housing and drain plug ?

19 ft-lbs for housing, 37 ft-lbs for the plug
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:38 AM   #19
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Thanks for the torque information. I'm getting ready to do my first oil change; however, I kinda ran into a dilemma.

The last oil change done used Mobil 1 according to the sellers last receipt. When I called the garage that did the oil change, they now recommend using Swepco 306 because of its better cleaning properties...

Mobil 1 is easier to locate from most FLAPS, but, should I stay with it ? The car is a '98 with 41K mles.
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Be sure to replace the Filter Cannister 'O' ring and use a new crush washer for the drain plug.

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