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Old 09-20-2011, 11:21 AM   #1
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Oil level relative to filter

I want to pull and inspect my oil filter without draining the oil. Clearly it mounts above the lowest level of the sump, but, if I remove it without draining any oil, how much will I be seeing when the filter is pulled? (Not sure this makes a difference, but I have a spin-on oil filter adapter.)

Also---anyone know of an "easy" way to open up the metal casing on an oil filter?
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No oil from the sump will drain. Only what's in the filter and some oil from the pipes that feed the filter.
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I want to pull and inspect my oil filter without draining the oil. Clearly it mounts above the lowest level of the sump, but, if I remove it without draining any oil, how much will I be seeing when the filter is pulled? (Not sure this makes a difference, but I have a spin-on oil filter adapter.)

Also---anyone know of an "easy" way to open up the metal casing on an oil filter?

You will only lose oil volume equivalent to the filter itself and a couple tablespoons from the adaptor; less than a quart total.

As for the filter, you will need a good filter cutting tool:



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Well here I was thinking of using a good old fashioned can opener for this.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:36 AM   #5
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Swiss Army Knife can opener might work, but it would probaly take a while.
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It can be done with a very large tubing cutter, which would be somewhat “agricultural”. Good filter cutters don’t cost that much and last just about forever.
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I used a hammer and an old, expendable wood chisel. It was not pretty...



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I rest my case....................
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Hey, what can I say? I was in a hurry, it worked, and I managed not to lacerate myself on any of those jagged edges. Those things are some kinda sharp!
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How do you differentiate between the metal debris created during your “man invents tool” experiment, and the stuff you are actually looking for?
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Oh, a wood chisel (even this old one) is pretty darned sharp---it cuts about like a can opener, albeit leaving an edge that's a bit jagged. No debris created in the process.
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Oh, a wood chisel (even this old one) is pretty darned sharp---it cuts about like a can opener, albeit leaving an edge that's a bit jagged. No debris created in the process.
I love creativity and ingenuity in action…….. Good job!
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IMO just use the stock filter....
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A good set of sheet metal shears work just fine and don't leave any metal filings...it will leave a sharp edge . I have a one that cuts straight and one that cuts in a circle, I even cut paper with them. Great investment to keep in your toolbox.
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