2014 Hyundai Elantra GT. Still has factory filter (tight....duh). I DO
have a couple of those straight up filter wrenches but still can't
seem to get it off. Are there any tricks out there, or any specific
tools that should work? Thanks for any ideas.
For the record, I removed half of the plastic cowling to make it a
little easier, but it didn't help.
I have this:
As well as this one:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
The second one would work fine if the filter were not factory tight.
The socket type you speak of, I'm assuming you meant the cap kind
would work if I bought the one for the specific Hyundai original
filter....but then it wouldn't work on other brands because they have
to fit exact.
I have to check if there is enough room for the strap type, I have to
I probably will just let my mechanic do it for me, I'm sure I can do
it myself after it's done once. It's too bad there is just know way to
get a good sized pair of plyers around it, but no room.
I have the exact same issue with my wife's 2014 Accent so whatever
filter wrench works will get plenty of use.
These days I find it easier to extract $33 from my wallet than to crawl
under a car.
If you damage the filter housing so bad that it leaks you will also have
a tow cost to get the car to a shop. If it is that tight, let the pro
I have used them in the past, with a different car. My issue with them
is sometimes they fit differently depending on the brand of filter as
they sometimees differ in shape a bit....but for $6.99 it's probably
worth a shot, I do have a Harbor Freight nearby. I tend to buy
different brand filters over time.
WORKED LIKE A CHARM! Thanks for the suggestion, I have tried many
wrenches and even some of the cap types....but the Harbor Freight one
gripped much better and worked with two different shaped filters. Now
I can use it on my wife's car also, which uses the same filter. Hers
has never been changed either as we bought both cars in the same month
last year. Thanks again.
The best bet is to buy the exact size end wrench. If you are going to
do work yourself, you need to invest in quality tools that fit the job.
If you aren't willing to do that, then better to take your car to a
professional for service.
Having said that, I have a 3 jaw wrench somewhat like the second one you
show above. Mine looks a little beefier than yours and it will remove
anything. You have to hold the jaws in place until they get a good grip
on the filter, but once they do they will crush into the metal filter
and the more torque you apply the tighter they will get.
LOL Yeah, pretty sure I did. I've been doing this for forty years.
First change is always a problem, but normally I just use a large pair
of pliers the first change....but there is no room to do that
On Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 3:18:36 AM UTC-10, jtees4 wrote:
I feel your pain. I hate when filters get stuck. I'll only tighten it a lit
tle more than half a turn but the dang thing won't budge. This blows all my
plans to shit. That happened to me a couple of weeks ago so I had to go to
plan B - add three quarts of oil and change it in a couple of months. Next
time, I'll have a filter wrench ready. ;)
Exactly what I did....I changed the oil in June....haven't put much
miles on it....but it bothers me that I didn't change the filter. I
knew I needed to get an inspection in Septemeber so I figured I'd let
the mechanic do it....but I want to try once more to ease my mind.
Actually my wife and I bought two cars the same month (Elantra GT and
Accent 5 door)....and both have the exact same issue. So any tool I
buy will be used for both cars. It's like a defeat if I let the
mechanic do it, because these days there is so little I can do on
cars....basically oil and disc brakes....that's about it.
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