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    Dolores first oil change filter will not budge

    Springtime I go through our cars A to Z. I drain the oil, try to remove the oil filter wonít budge I have every proper sized oil filter removal tool in my armory (thanks to my dad) nothing works. Yes, I was moving the filter in the correct direction (lefty loosely) even refilled with new oil and tried heating the engine nope. My dad was a heavy duty mechanic Iíve been around all kinds of equipment from a simple 1 ton car to 60 ton equipment. Recalling my experiences with dad I was thinking of going the messy route via the screw driver in the filter but decided to set an appointment with our family mechanic who does inspections, tire balancing, etc.

    Never had this happen but helped others via the screwdriver method. I hope Dott is not the same. I admit my manly personality was bruised but Iím more of a man allowing someone to help.



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    The original filter is really on tight from the factory. I had to practically destroy mine with a strap wrench to get it off. I can now remove it with my bare hands when I do my own oil changes, but I bought one of THESE just in case I ever get into another situation where the filter just doesn't want to come off.
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    For changing the original (extra tight!) oil filter, I used a 65-14 filter cap. 65 is the size in mm, and it has 14 "teeth", hence 65-14.
    I fully agree with Top_Fuel. After you have changed the original factory-mounted oil filter, you will find it is fully sufficient to tighten or remove it simply and very easily by hand. Just stick to the tightening instructions printed on the box.

    PS: On thes cars, you need to have small tools! A little quarter-inch ratchet box is big enough for almost everything.
    Last edited by foama; 04-25-2017 at 06:01 PM.

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    Thanks for the input. I have the exact cap 65-14. Thinking back I've done hundreds of filter changes on all types of equipment while helping my dad or DIY family cars, trucks, small engines. I literally was moving the engine with the force I applied that's when I gave up I didn't want to break anything.

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    Yeah...that sucks. I didn't get my original one off with that 65-14 cap. I used a strap wrench and probably had to mess with it for 10 minutes to get the right angle with enough leverage to make it budge. Once I broke it loose, it was downhill from there. But...I was literally crushing the filter before it started turning. You aren't left with a lot of options if you crush the filter and it still doesn't move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Fuel View Post
    You aren't left with a lot of options if you crush the filter and it still doesn't move.
    At that point, you're looking at jamming a big screwdriver through what's left of the filter, in order to get better leverage. Not ideal.

    Having read on this forum about how tight the filters are from the factory, I gladly let Mitsubishi do the first oil/filter change, especially since the first change was free. Since then, no problems.

    I just changed my oil last week. I found it was easier to loosen the filter from underneath, and then reach down from the top to finish unscrewing it from the block. Keeps you from getting hot oil dumped down your hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wellswebdesign View Post
    Having read on this forum about how tight the filters are from the factory, I gladly let Mitsubishi do the first oil/filter change, especially since the first change was free. Since then, no problems.
    Me too.

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    Be sure to apply oil to the filter gasket when putting the new one in. This probably didn't happen at the factory, so the rubber gasket essentially bakes itself onto the block. This is usually what makes them hard to remove...it's not that they are over-torqued.

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    I remember removing my first Mirage oil filter....like DotandDolores all the proper tools and know how,it just wouldn't budge.
    I managed to get a pair of big Channelocks up there and got enough leverage to break it free 1/4 inch....wow!

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    I use the same kind of cap that topfuel posted for the first oil changes. The factory filter is small and way too tight. The filters I get from the dealer are longer and I don't need any tools to remove them.



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