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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-13-2016, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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HD Oil Filter stuck

Went to replace the oil filter (chrome) tonight after the top end rebuild by Blackjack HD here in Florence and the SOB won't budge one bit. I have two of the HD wrenches, tried both and they both slip without budging the filter. Engine was at operating temperature when I tried this. Before sticking a screwdriver into the filter - what other suggestions are there out there???
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-13-2016, 08:47 PM
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Take it back to the dumbf&*k that put it on that tight.
When he gets it off, take it from him and put it in his front pants pocket open side down.

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stab the sum bitch with a big screwdriver.
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Originally Posted by fwbkent View Post
stab the sum bitch with a big screwdriver.
Are you talking about the filter or the guy that put it on????
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Angry Been there!

The first time I changed my own oil I found the "tech" at the dealer that did my 1K service had not lubed the rubber seal on the oil filter and he over tightened it.
Took me forever to get the damn thing off.
I didn't skewer it with a screwdriver but I did get primitive with a big pair of channel lock pliers and finally got it off.
Good luck!
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I second stab both those SOBs with a large screwdriver. Then switch to a K&N oil filter because they have a nut welded on so you can use a ratchet with a regular socket so no clearance issues.
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FYI, The welded on nut on K&N filters doesn't always work. It's just formed sheet metal and if the filter is really stuck on there isn't enough for a socket to get a decent grip.

You can't always blame the tech. I do my own maintenance and have managed to get filters jammed on a couple of times. I'm pretty careful about not over tightening them.

Also, I'd try a lot of things before resorting to jamming a screwdriver through it. The filter is just thin metal. The screwdriver can tear through it without budging it and then you'll be left with nothing to get a grip on if it doesn't work. I picked up a filter removal tool at advanced auto that has three finger that tighten down the harder you turn it. The fingers fit over the end but still clear the cylinder base. You can find them at Wally mart or wherever

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Get the filter strap that has a socket on it. Harbor Freight

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I was able to sneak a HF strap wrench in from the front of the bike. Works.
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