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Old 04-27-2015, 09:25 PM   #1
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Oil Change Gone Wrong

I attempted to change my oil again and broke off the top of the oil filter housing cap. I tried using a strap wrench to remove it but it's a really tight space and I can get much leverage.

I did some web searching and found the cap/cup filter wrench that's shaped like a bowl (which makes me think it's exactly what I need to remove the broken housing cap) but can't find the proper size (86mm and 93mm was too small). Any suggestions on the right size...or other ideas on how to remove it?Click image for larger version

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Old 04-28-2015, 01:15 AM   #2
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Bust into the plastic with a screwdriver and tap it with a hammer near the edges to loosen it
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:23 AM   #3
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Man, that really sucks.

You can also screw two screws into the housing cap across the broken section, fit a pair of vice grips on the screws and twist it off. But vacuum the top of the filter and be careful to extract any plastic debris that may have fallen into the filter housing.

FYI: 25Nm (18 ft-lbs) is the proper torque for the OFH cap.
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:03 PM   #4
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Don't places like ECS and Turner sell the really large one that works? I had one similiar for my wifes Minivan.
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:38 PM   #5
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Don't places like ECS and Turner sell the really large one that works? I had one similiar for my wifes Minivan.
If I read the thread correctly it appears he was unscrewing the oil filter cover and the top broke off. So he needed a strategy to be able to remove it so he could install a new one. They're just plastic so if it was over torqued I could see it breaking off the bolt top.

I had to special order my 36mm socket as well.

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Bust into the plastic with a screwdriver and tap it with a hammer near the edges to loosen it
x2. This is the easy way to remove screw on oil filters, should work for the plastic cap too.
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:08 PM   #7
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The tool you're thinking of is a 36mm 6 point socket (3/8" drive), once the head is removed from the housing this tool isn't going to help. The bowl shaped one is for the E9X, and doesn't work with the M54 oil filter housing. Since the caps trashed might as well use the screwdriver and hammer to break the seal then spin it off by hand.

We've had too many customers have exactly this happen, this is why we've come up with the ECS billet aluminum oil filter cap housing (LINK).

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Old 04-30-2015, 08:55 PM   #8
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Old 05-01-2015, 11:01 AM   #9
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Hope you got it sorted out by now but wouldn't any of the regular OF wrenches work since the top is now broken off? I know Autozone or Advancedauto have different sizes.

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that is a great looking and functional replacement top
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Looks great.. But not worth $90 (plus shipping)!!
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