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Old 03-17-2007, 02:12 AM   #1
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Default I am stronger than Gojira!

Or at least I am with a 12 inch wrench...

Just got done doing the first oil change on my wagon. The oil filter was tightened by Gojira's cousin (meaning that with a filter strap wrench I was able to undo it within a couple minutes). The drain plug however was visited by Gojira himself. I was slidin around on the floor trying to put enough leverage into that thing. Finally won when I angled the wrench so that I was pushing myself into the floor instead of across the floor.

Words of advice for those wanting to do the first ever oil change on their own as well:
- Careful as to the length of your filter wrench. There is very limited space in which to try and swing the wrench. This was more of a problem with the strap wrench version as you need to rotate in order to tighten... I ended up having to "cheat" and use a rag to force the strap portion closed while holding the handle in the only orientation that it would fit betweem various parts. This problem is compounded by the rather hot pipes nearby. This gave me just enough room to loosen the filter by the tiniest amount.
-The owners manual recommendation of 4.2 quarts is a bit off. About 4.6 put me at halfway between low and full. This includes pre-filling the filter.

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Old 03-17-2007, 09:24 AM   #2
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the first time was horrible for me too.

the oil filter felt like it was torqued to 150 lbs/ft
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Old 03-17-2007, 11:51 AM   #3
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There isn't any reason other than insuring problems with stripped threads to have the filter or drain plug that tight. The filter only needs to be snugged up with your weakhand. The drain plug shouldn't need anything over 15ft/lb.
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Old 03-17-2007, 01:24 PM   #4
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There isn't any reason other than insuring problems with stripped threads to have the filter or drain plug that tight. The filter only needs to be snugged up with your weakhand. The drain plug shouldn't need anything over 15ft/lb.
I wish someone at FHI would tell Gojira and his cousin that! I am really surprised that the OEM filter threads weren't stripped at the factory.

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Old 03-17-2007, 05:01 PM   #5
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yeah i've done over a hundred oil changes and if its that hard to get off there was definitely something done wrong. You should only need to tighten it w/ your hand alone and if you are strong enough you should be able to take it off w/ two hands but of course a strap wrench works the best.
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Old 03-17-2007, 07:41 PM   #6
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It is well documented that from the factory both drain plug and filter are torqued on way above spec. There are some rather funny discussions theorizing whether or not they hire a family of gorillas, Gojira himself, or perhaps some sumo wrestlers.

About the only thing I didn't find in my searches was a warning as to the filter wrench length, and hence my post.

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Old 03-17-2007, 08:19 PM   #7
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All your filter are belong to us....

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Old 03-17-2007, 11:12 PM   #8
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All your filter are belong to us....

Word.
I have one of these. I can't imagine how a strap wrench can be better than it. NEVER had an issue removing an oil filter with one of these.
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