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Old 06-19-2009, 12:31 PM   #1
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Changed My oil today. everything went normal until i cudnt fint my OIL FILTER WRENCH. i have the socket kind. so i oiled up the seal and hand tighten it. turned as hard as i cud.

IS THIS OK KUZ THE HEAT WILL SEAL IT UP ???

GOING TO BUY 1 NOW
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:33 PM   #2
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I only hand tighten my oil filters. I have never had an issue in the 10 years that I have been doing it. It makes getting them off easier too. No need for a wrench.
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:33 PM   #3
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I've always just hand-tightened. Just leave it be.
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:45 PM   #4
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i got oil all over my hedders and drove it around a saw spots but the filter and the block where BONE dry so No worries??
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:50 PM   #5
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Never, ever, EVER use a tool to tighten an oil filter.
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:55 PM   #6
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You are fine with the hand tightening. I have only done it that way with a wet seal and been fine.
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:58 PM   #7
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:02 PM   #8
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Never, ever, EVER use a tool to tighten an oil filter.
Why is that? I used a micro-torque wrench (you know, the ones that read in inch-lbs instead of ft-lbs?) with a metal filter wrench cap with 3/8" drive, and torqued it to Subaru specs (8.7 ft-lbs, which is 104 in-lbs as indicated on the torque wrench). Did I do something wrong? Should I drain and replace the filter with a new one and hand-tighten it?
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:53 PM   #9
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If you want to use a torque wrench, and its set to subaru specs, you should be OK. That's probably better than letting a Chimp hand tighten the thing.

I just flashed back to the Eastwood movie, where the Chimp opened the car door by tearing it off the hinges.
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:55 PM   #10
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Changed My oil today. everything went normal until i cudnt fint my OIL FILTER WRENCH. i have the socket kind. so i oiled up the seal and hand tighten it. turned as hard as i cud.

IS THIS OK KUZ THE HEAT WILL SEAL IT UP ???

GOING TO BUY 1 NOW


where DO these people come from????
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:56 PM   #11
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If you want to use a torque wrench, and its set to subaru specs, you should be OK. That's probably better than letting a Chimp hand tighten the thing.

I just flashed back to the Eastwood movie, where the Chimp opened the car door by tearing it off the hinges.
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:04 PM   #12
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as long as it doesnt leak its fine, hand tight just makes it easier to get if off next time around. the oil filter should have directions on it as well, something like 3/4 turn past touching or something like that.
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:34 PM   #13
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ive changed oil 1000x in other cars subie my 1st big bitch the hedders were screaming hot and my hands are huge
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:39 PM   #14
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ive never not hand tightened an oil filter. Don't want to risk over tightening it and crushing that seal and causing a leak .
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:06 PM   #15
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im not jacked or anything strenght wise so its on moderatly tight
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:04 PM   #16
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typicaly hand tight is good enough. unles other wise stated with instructions on the filter
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:26 PM   #17
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I just follow the instructions on the OEM filter.
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:27 PM   #18
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where DO these people come from????
He is probably from SCIC and now lives in NESIC.
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Old 06-20-2009, 01:17 AM   #19
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i hate the people do do their oil change one and would come into where i used to work because they couldnt get them off any more and "let" us take care of it for them.

usually those people we had to stab the filter through the side with a screw driver and use it as a lever and hope we didnt hit the stud when we stabbed it because stabbing it more than once causes it to weaken and possibly tear the top half of the filter off.

for some reason all of our filter wrenches were broken, dont know who kept doing that **** but it got old fast
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:53 PM   #20
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:12 PM   #21
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If you want to use a torque wrench, and its set to subaru specs, you should be OK. That's probably better than letting a Chimp hand tighten the thing.
So it IS okay to use a tool, if it's a proper tool and done to specifications. Got it.
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