Oil Filter Life Hack




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I was working on my car had drained the oil and couldn't get my oil filter off. I looked for my oil filter wrench but could not find it anywhere. So I improvised. Some of you may have done this before but this worked so well I thought I would share it with everyone.

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Step 1: What You Need

So this is a pretty simple solution so all you need is a ratchet strap. First take the long end completely off the ratchet and fold the long end of the strap over and feed the folded end about a foot out the other side. Then crank the ratchet a few times to hold the loop slightly bigger than the oil filter. That is it, you are ready to use your ratchet strap as a oil filter wrench.

Step 2: Using the Strap As a Wrench

There is a one direction that works better than the other, similar to an actual oil filter wrench. So if it doesn't seem like it's working you may need to flip the whole thing over and try again. I'll try to show you the direction in the photos.

First put the loop you made over the oil filter and ratchet the strap almost all the way down. You should have tight enough that when you pull on the ratchet it gets tighter in one direction and loosen in the other direction.

This worked very well for me and saved me some time and money having to run to the autoparts store to get another oil filter wrench.

I hope you find this helpful.

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    3 years ago

    Good idea, on my car the oil filter has only about 3mm clearance from the sump and all three of my filter removers would not fit, as the strap or chain won't go through such a small gap. I purchased a oil filter tool that uses a thin metal band. I will give your idea a go next oil change.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    I would love to hear if it works out for you.


    3 years ago

    another neat trick i've used in a pinch (and have made a absolute mess by doing) is to hammer a screwdriver thru the oil filter, and use that as a lever to remove it...

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    Reply 3 years ago

    That is the trick I was trying to avoid. I have done that before and like you said it makes a mess. I'm just glad the strap worked so I didn't have to resort to the hammer and screwdriver.