Get a better grip on stuck oil filters by adding a strip of coarse sandpaper to your oil filter wrench...or buy a special high-grip wrench.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:November 2011
Slice a strip of adhesive-back sandpaper and slip it inside
a band-style filter wrench. Then remove the adhesive
liner and press it into place.
Slide a Swivel-Gripper filter
wrench toward the base
of the filter. Rotate the
handle to force the grit
into the metal. Then
swivel the handle and
twist off the filter.
We’ve all done it—overtightened an oil filter so much that
it’s a bear to remove. If you think you can remove it by jamming
a long screwdriver through the can and twisting, think
again. The screwdriver will just rip the can open and you’ll
be drenched in oil. When you’re done dealing with that
mess, the filter will still be stuck and you’ll be even more
To remove a stuck filter, use a band-type wrench that
you’ve lined with coarse-grit adhesive-back sandpaper
(top photo). Or spray adhesive on the back of conventional
sandpaper. Better yet, buy a filter wrench with
coarse grit welded to the inside of the band (bottom
photo). The Lisle Swivel-Gripper No-Slip filter wrenches
are available in five sizes and cost about $12. They are available at amazon.com. Slide the filter wrench band all the way down near
the base of the filter. Then tighten it and twist.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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