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Oil filter wrench

Ok I am about to explode. I have 3 oil filter wrenches and NONE WORK. The jaws one puts dents in the filter, the wrap around one just slips and the cap wrench only fits one manufacturer's oil filter.

Which one does everyone here use?

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P.S. Aha - I use the wrap-around wrench and use a thick rubber band type thingy.

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What's wrong with denting the filter?

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What's wrong with denting the filter?

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Looks like crap, mainly. But it can also punch a hole in it, too. I don't think I got that bad so I kept the filter for another time and bought a new one.

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You only need a wrench to take the filter off, so denting it is no big deal.
90% of the time I can screw a filter off a car or pickup truck with my bare hand. Once in a while I need a heavy duty rubber glove for more grip or insulation from heat.

I have used metal strap wrenchs and rubber strap wrenches on occasion, when I can`t get a good grip on the filter with my hand.

I once had a filter that resisted all the above mentioned methods. I drove a long punch through both sides of the filter can and used it like a lever to twist and get the filter started to unscrew. It was messy, but it worked.

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Not this bike. Both times I have changed the oil they were very tight to take off and screw on. The Purolater filter wouldn't tighten all the way down and it got dented up real bad. I even thought I stripped the threads!!! I removed it and put on a Mobil 1 and it was ALMOST like you say, Hoss. But without a wrench on this bike, the filter won't go on all the way. I used a rubber band around the filter and used the wrap-around wrench and it didn't slip - but I am going to find a thicker piece of rubber from now on. Crisis averted, but I was getting very peeved. Thanks for the input.

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Wow. I have never had trouble putting an oil filter on. Hand tight then a little more with both hands.
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I saw that when I was looking for another alternative. I almost went out and got it when the idea of the rubber band hit me. Thanks for letting me know you use it.

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I like strap wrenches myself.
Do you need a rubber band around the filter or does the strap not slip? I had no luck before the idea of a rubber band hit me.

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