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Old 01-11-2011, 06:40 PM   #1
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Need sime urgent help!

I am changing my oil and it seems I can't get the filter to come off! I was twisting so hard that the filter started to bend so I stopped trying!

Does anyone have a remedy for this? Or f it and just add new oil. I'd hate to have to do that.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 01-11-2011, 06:42 PM   #2
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keep cranking away. that happened to me once, just keep turning it, the filter will cave in but it will eventually turn once there is no more room to collapse. Or you could take a long screwdriver and jab it through the side and turn it that way. Please Please Please dont leave it on and add new oil!

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Old 01-11-2011, 06:46 PM   #3
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:50 PM   #4
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I'm gonna keep cranking away...and I am using a filter wrench
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:55 PM   #5
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Let us know how it goes. Good luck!
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:56 PM   #6
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You might want to have either clamps or a chain wrench for that one. It might collapse to the point that you won't be able to use the filter wrench (had that ones). Screwdriver way works great also shows you what filter is there for
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:09 PM   #7
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I've used the old screwdriver through the filter trick also. When you replace the old filter, make sure you lube the threads and gasket with some oil, and don't overtighten. A simple thing but it can save you from this same aggravation down the road.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:19 PM   #8
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Dont use the screwdriver.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:20 PM   #9
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Yea still nothing...so what's the screw driver trick? And the m fer of it all is that I always lube the rim and gasket too! Idk. Thank god for wrangler forum and the app so I can be under the heep while posting!
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:22 PM   #10
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You've turned it to the point where it wont collapse anymore? it should come off with some force behind it. As for the screwdriver, i've taken a long screwdriver and jabbed it through the middle of the filter and out the other side and used it like a filter wrench. I'd keep trying with the wrench first before doing that. Righty tighty Lefty loosey
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:39 PM   #11
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I don think it will cave anymore and unfortunate I can't try anymore bc the wrench just broke. I guess I cranked too hard!

Screw driver? Anything else?
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:46 PM   #12
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Make sure the drain plug and cap are out. It is unlikely, but if they are in and old oil is still in, they can create air seal. Big channel locks??? Maybe tap lightly on the top of the filter with a hammer. If it is all dented in use a hammer and chisel to try to spin it. Good luck.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:51 PM   #13
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I guess your very last resort could be cutting it off if it comes to it but there are more problems to that than i can mention...
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:08 PM   #14
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This happened to me on my wife's XJ. I ended up getting a large pipe wrench and put the teeth around the base of it where it mounts to the motor. Added a long pipe to it for more leverage and it came right off. Good luck.

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Old 01-11-2011, 08:25 PM   #15
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Heavy duty chain wrench. Something tells me you're running out of time (if not already) to get to the store for new tool. If that's not an option I'd use a screwdriver with either a put-through method or with hammer to try spin it.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:10 PM   #16
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so i believe i am royal f'ed. after breaking the filter wrench i went with a pipe wrench but i guess because the filter was so bent up i must of snagged it wrong and as i was cranking with all my might it pierced! so after that i tried the screw driver still nothing...so i cut everything off now i am left with just the top attached. ill upload a pictures underneath...

thank you to all for the advice and anything else would be greatly appreciated...good thing is looks like i will have all day tomorrow to figure it out CT is getting hammered with snow, rather be out playing though!

thanks again!
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:11 PM   #17
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:15 PM   #18
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holy crap..I am sorry haha..I can always hand loosen mine
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:35 PM   #19
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do you have air tools in your garage by any chance? I'd think an air hammer would help to unscrew the leftovers.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:48 PM   #20
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i do have air tools just not a air hammer luckily home depot is only two minutes away. thanks for the advice im thinking that might work.

thanks.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:48 PM   #21
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Aww man I'm sorry to see that. I don't know of any other solution than whats been said. Best of luck to you. If you get it done tomorrow you can come out in our blizzard and play
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:39 AM   #22
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If you havent already gotten it off, try to put a screwdriver to the edge of one of the holes and hit the screwdriver with a hammer. It sounds like the filter may have been cross-threaded.
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It sounds like the filter may have been cross-threaded.
That would really suck.
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i do have air tools just not a air hammer luckily home depot is only two minutes away. thanks for the advice im thinking that might work.

thanks.

So how did it go, did you get it off yet?
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Old 01-12-2011, 04:19 PM   #25
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So after much hammering and swearing still nothing. I ended up getting an air hammer and split the top of the filter in half with a punch attachment and was able to get the gasket off. Then from there I was able to walk it off.

Thank you everyone for the advice! Trust me I did you all techniques mentioned. To be honest I think i used every freakin tool I own. All in all it took another 4 hours this morning. Not bad for a damn oil change!

well again thank you all!
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:02 PM   #26
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Holy crap man, that's one of the craziest things I've seen in awhile. Congrats on getting it off, hope you had a beer for celebration!!! Just out of curiosity, who put the filter on? Did you do the last change or have someone do it????
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:44 PM   #27
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This is one of those horror stories you hear about that you hope it never happens to you
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:00 PM   #28
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LIKE SOMEONE SAID use a centerpunch or sonething on the OD of what's left on about a 30degree angle and unscrew with taps from an old lead or dead blow hammer.
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:27 PM   #29
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Oh yea definitely one of those horror stories! The best part about it is that after all was said and done it would start... Dead battery. So I had to push it out of my garage through 15+ inches of snow to jump it. Okay jumped it but got my damn WJ stuck and had to shovel that out! Really makes me think about a 4in lift on the WJ as well . All in all its a yj and it can take one hell of a beating.

I have a picture of the punch I was using got jammed and the air hammer became useless, I had to use a 2 ft socket extended a my trusty hammer to get that out and bust the gasket! I'll try and post it later.
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:28 PM   #30
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Oh yea and the a-hole who did the previous oil change and change filter would be me...wish I could blame someone else but not this time.

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