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oil filter did kick my a*s

So I thought hey I will save a few bucks and change my own oil and filter...
Got my rotella T and new motorcraft oil filter and some crush washers shouldn't be that hard of a task.....

Did I tell ya I owned this truck for a month now, so it is the first time I have done this??

Well looks like a Ford dealership did it last and somehow that oil filter was on there!!! I drained the oil and even slammed a screwdriver into it and used my 2 inch ball hitch has a breaker bar on my huge screwdriver that I slammed into the filter.... after making the screwdriver hole into a long oval I was done... Oh yes and I am turning this POS counterclockwise!! I even double checked you tube videos to ensure I was going the right way... Off to autozone..

I got a filter remover, steel band and handle and I was ready to tackle this task that is turning into an hour project.... I turn the filter remover, moves the filter slightly and....snap!!! I broke that stupid filter remover and luckly I had gloves on or I would be missing some skin......

So I finally just got pissed off, slammed the screwdriver higher toward the top used my whole body to turn that some bi*ch and kept making holes, ended up I had to do 3 holes to keep it turning. What a nightmare!!!

The new motorcraft filter screwed right on and I filled it with rotella T before I slapped it on and made sure to lube the rubber grommet....This time it is as snug as my hands with groves can get it on so hopefully in 5k it wont be a pain in the arse to get off??

Maybe I should of took it to walmart for $56....But what fun is that, I can officially say my powerstroke oil filter kicked my a*s. I don't even know why I workout...can't even get an oil filter off..... thats my story of the day...
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Take it to walmart?
When you used the band wrench, did you have it at the VERY top of the filter, where there is a rolled seam?
Also, when you tightened it, did you tighten it as hard as you could be hand? I wouldn't have if you did. Just snug, but not as much as you can.


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yeah

I used it at the very top of the filter since that should be the strongest part.. Glad it moved the filter a half inch before the steel band broke!! That filter was on there!!

The filter wrench did break it free enough to do the screwdriver through the filter so I could muscle it a few inches before making a new hole. I had to make 3 holes into the filter to rotate it enough to finally break free.

Yeah I would never take it to walmart, but a few guys here were telling me they use Rotella T and only charge 56.... I just don't trust it...I rather bust my hands up...

I got it on hand tight and just turned it snug to clarify....I plan on doing everything myself on this truck..... My next hand buster will be MBRP exhaust turbo back.....
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I only buy Lisle filter wrenches. They are much stronger than the cheapo units. You can also double-up two wrenches on a single filter to get more traction.
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Maybe I should of took it to walmart for $56....But what fun is that, I can officially say my powerstroke oil filter kicked my a*s. I don't even know why I workout...can't even get an oil filter off..... thats my story of the day...
$56.00 for a 15 quart oil change? Seriously?? Where do you live?

To get an oil change done around here with Rotella you're looking at $100.00 easy.
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Oh man, been there done that too. Definitely a lesson learned best when you have to go through that. Been doing my own oil changes for years on all my vehicles and lemme tell you, once you deal with that once you never make the mistake again.

I just did my oil and fuel filters today and was able to get the oil filter off with just 2 hands,


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Thats why I bring my oil and filter to my local shop and pay $25 for labor and disposal. It's just not worth doing it myself.

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$56.00 for a 15 quart oil change? Seriously?? Where do you live?

To get an oil change done around here with Rotella you're looking at $100.00 easy.
Go check wally world next time your in there you will be surprised....I have 3 now within a 10 mile radius in Arizona.... Cheaper to have them do it then myself....I think it comes to $11 a gallon for Rotella T if they do it....I paid about 13 a gallon inside...

Also the local chevy dealership by my house will let me bring my own oil and filter and charge me tax/labor/disposal for 13.50 and wash my car....I have then do it on my wife's infiniti since it has a damn plastic pan across the entire bottom. I just bring in a $26 jug of mobil 1 full syn and a 8 dollar wix filter... Infiniti dealer wants $86 to do a full syn change....
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I only buy Lisle filter wrenches. They are much stronger than the cheapo units. You can also double-up two wrenches on a single filter to get more traction.
Is that the stainless steel band one? I found item number 53100? Its a 1/2 inch drive and adjustable? Looks like it is solid compared to the OEM brand I snapped today.
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