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Old 02-02-2018
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Fred. I use the Hose clamp trick on my Honda motorcycle.
I can get a flat punch in there through an opening near the foot peg. Tap on it a little and it will spin off after getting it started. After doing that a couple of times I gave up and bought the special cap for that size filter and it works much better

And I agree with not over tightening an oil filter. You don’t want to risk wrinkling the gasket up if it doesn’t slide smoothly that last little bit.

My brother owns three oil change places. He constantly reminds his pit guys to be sure the o ring seal comes off with the filter. If it sticks to the block and you put another filter in on top of it, a bad leak will occur That could easily cost him an engine Or it could ruin your engine also.

They use a Sharpie to write info like date, miles etc on the filters. They also check the oil before draining to guard against fraud, claims of engine damage etc. This info will be noted on the invoice to alert driver if the car is starting to use oil.

He has had people bring cars in before with the check engine light on and very little oil in the crankcase. Never been changed and just drove it till the light came on. ???

Be careful out there.
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great idea on the hose clamp guys!
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Thanks to everyone for pitching in your ideas here and especially for posting pictures and links.

I finally screwed a strap to a pipe and used that to tighten the filter a little more. I was trying to follow the instructions which say to tighten it 3/4 of a turn after making contact. If I could have gotten both hands on it well, I probably could have tightened it by hand. Indeed, I have never used a wrench to install a spin on oil filter until now. I had started the engine and the filter was leaking a little, so I had to tighten it some more. After driving 200 miles, everything looks good.

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https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...h?cm_vc=-10005
Tractor Supply has a chain wrench for $9.99 that looks like it would be perfect for a big oil filter. I haven’t used it or even held one, just saw it online, but I do use a chain wrench my neighbor gave me. I always had a expensive chain wrench on my boats but I left it on my last boat when I sold it. I didn’t think I’d ever need it again.
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I use one like this on my BMC: https://www.tooltopia.com/kd-tools-2...gaAngJEALw_wcB

I use ratchet extensions to get out of the way of the clutter.

Not sure if this is the right size but you could measure the diameter to be sure. Works good for on and off.
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This is the chain wrench my neighbor gave me. There is no name on it and I’ve never seen one like it. It works great, so far.
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I have heard this hand tight all my life, and it is not for me. If you don't have oil on your hands or the filter, and if you can get a good hand hold on the filter, no doubt you can tighten it properly. But that is not always the case. I have found too many loose and leaking filters. I want mine tight. I use a big pair of Channel locks. No need to over do it. But easy to know you have it tight enough to seal properly and a little extra for safety.
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CaptPegLeg: I have one (chain wrench) I used to install metal conduit on a job using 4" & 6" conduit. I still have it.
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I have heard this hand tight all my life, and it is not for me. If you don't have oil on your hands or the filter, and if you can get a good hand hold on the filter, no doubt you can tighten it properly. But that is not always the case. I have found too many loose and leaking filters. I want mine tight. I use a big pair of Channel locks. No need to over do it. But easy to know you have it tight enough to seal properly and a little extra for safety.
I suspect we both had a stronger grip when we were younger Mallie!
But i never trust hand tight either.
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