View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 49.5 mpg (US) ... 21.0 km/L ... 4.8 L/100 km ... 59.4 mpg (Imp)
I always remove them from the top with my left hand, but if you are useless with your left hand this might be pretty hard to do.
I would not even try it with my right hand. Too much in the way, and I would have to twist the filter the 'wrong' way.
I can honestly say that I have been changing oil filters for over 40 years, & I have never taken one off with just my bare hands alone. Even on my simple riding lawnmower, I use a wrench. I must be doing it wrong all these years.
As far as mess goes, I just make sure I have some type of pan is under the filter. Sometimes, I use two if the oil pan is still draining. I can reach down from the top and wipe off the small plate under the filter. I also take a rag & wipe the top of the plastic from underneath (when I go back under to close my Fumoto valve).
Removing all that stuff seems like a lot of extra work. I like to do my oil changes on a cement slab outside my garage. If I drip some oil on the cement, I just throw some kitty litter on it & sweep it up later. The rain takes care of the rest.
A couple times I know I had to punch a screwdriver through the filter to use as a lever so I could twist it off, and I almost certainly used Channellocks a couple times. But I have never had much use for cap wrenches or strap wrenches. The few I have I inherited from my father and grandfather.
As a general rule if you don't put filters on with tools you won't need tools to take them off. No need for either of us to change what works, right?
I haven't changed oil for 100 years. But probably change more oil in a month than some have in 15 years. But who's counting...
The longer mz filters(and most aftermarket filters) are relatively easy to get off compared to the stubby 123a0105 filters that come from factory. As I mentioned before our local dealer won't sell us the Mz690072(i think) filters anymore cause they claim the filter is to blame. Normally I use wix filters on the fleet units but I think our cost must be a few cents cheaper for the mitsu one so...I now have to use a filter socket(from the bottom) to get the short filters off these turds 80% of the time.
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage SE wussie cvt edition. 1.2 automatic: 37.7 mpg (US) ... 16.0 km/L ... 6.2 L/100 km ... 45.3 mpg (Imp)