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 frustrated.
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.