How to Loosen Stuck Oil Filter - Easy Steps -How to Loosen

How to Loosen Stuck Oil Filter

Lucy Lüse
Lucy Lüse

What is an Oil Filter?

  • Why Do Oil Filters Get Stuck?
  • Over-tightening of the oil filter
  • Insufficient Lubrication for Rubber Seal
  • Extreme Weather
  • Deformation of the oil filter

Tools and Techniques for Removing Stuck Oil Filters

  • Engine-Specific Wrenches
  • Adjustable Oil Wrench Pliers
  • Strap Wrenches
  • Chain Wrenches
  • Band Wrenches
  • Jaw Wrenches
  • Screwdriver Method

Tips for Removing a Stuck Oil Filter

  • Always warm the engine before starting
  • Soak the base of the oil filter with penetrant spray
  • Use some coarse sandpaper to help grip the oil filter
  • Use an exact fit cap wrench filter tool
  • Don’t over-tighten the new oil filter

Fitting Your New Oil Filter

Precautions to Avoid Getting Your Car Filter Stuck

Key Takeaways


  • Which way should an oil filter unscrew?
  • Can you replace engine oil without replacing the oil filter?
  • What should I do if I can’t remove the oil filter?

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