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Old 03-25-2016, 11:11 AM   #1
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Oil filter wrench

I'm going to perform my own oil change, but wondering if the filter wrench is a special part number, or anything I can get at autozone. I already know it's on too tight to remove by hand.

Also, any oil filter preferences.. or filters to stay away from? Would Fram be a problem? Thanks.

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Old 03-25-2016, 11:57 AM   #2
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You can find them at local auto parts stores, but bathe bare not as good as the cast aluminum ones you can find on Amazon or eBay. The one I bought was $18 IIRC

I would get one of the German filters. They run around 1
$10 on line. Also get the drain plug washer.

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A regular strap wrench has always worked well for me. If you go with a standard wrench, the stock oil filter housing has 14 flutes and is 74 mm. From what I've read, it can be tough to find one that actually fits right.
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I got a plastic one from a local auto parts store and it works fine. Later I got a nice metal one for the same $. You need a 74mm 14 Flute Oil Filter Wrench.

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Would Fram be a problem?
Aside from the Fram shelf being refered to as "the Orange Wall of Death" on most automotive forums, sure go ahead.

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I'm going to perform my own oil change, but wondering if the filter wrench is a special part number, or anything I can get at autozone. I already know it's on too tight to remove by hand.

Also, any oil filter preferences.. or filters to stay away from? Would Fram be a problem? Thanks.
Take a look at the WIX/NAPA Gold filter for your car (57211), which is available at almost any parts store; way better made then the OEM, finer filter media, and less than half the price.

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Aside from the Fram shelf being refered to as "the Orange Wall of Death" on most automotive forums, sure go ahead.

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At one time, Fram were indeed junk. I recently read something interesting about Fram, and how they have drastically improved their quality. It is from a Wrangler forum (I'm sure there must be a lot of crossover between that forum and this one ), but it does talk about how Fram admitted that their filters weren't very good, but they've improved their quality dramatically in the past five or six years. Anyway, after reading that, I wouldn't hesitate to use Fram filters now. Here is the link -

Eating crow, Fram oil filters, and my visit to Fram's R&D facility in Dayton Ohio - Jeep Wrangler Forum

Just something to consider. It wouldn't surprise me if the Fram isn't at least as good as the OEM filter.
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Here's the oil filter wrench I bought.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000Q6UEW2/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?qid=1458936973&sr=8-4&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=oil+filter+wrench+porsche&dpPl=1&dpID=41jK4lGKUJL&ref=plSrch

It works great. Even works on my other cars as an added bonus.
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This one works perfect.

https://www.pepboys.com/product/details/293978/00156
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A regular strap wrench has always worked well for me. If you go with a standard wrench, the stock oil filter housing has 14 flutes and is 74 mm. From what I've read, it can be tough to find one that actually fits right.
How are you getting 25 nm tightness, then?
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How are you getting 25 nm tightness, then?
Just for removing. For installation, tighten by hand. No need for a torque wrench

18.5 ft/lbs is a very small number. The seal is created by the o-ring, so the torque of the canister is just to keep it from working loose.
All that aside, I use a spin-on now.


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