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Need help removing Wix fuel filter...

I was trying to remove the fuel filter today to make sure it was clean and replace it if needed. It currently has a Wix 33818 with the 1" bolt head style cap. Problem is... the seal was way too tight and the top is now stripped. Tried using a vice grips too and it just cracked part of the bolt part off.



Any ideas on how I can remove this fuel filter?
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If theres enough lip to get a strap wrench or your oil filter wrench on it. Then go to an oem cap and filter!

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Carefully drill two small holes and insert screwdrivers or bolts into the drilled holes. Take a bar or something and place between the bolts or screwdrivers and turn cap out. Had to do this to my 05 Ex. Was a little nervous doing this but it worked just take your time drilling and make sure your just drilling into cap and filter only. Good Luck


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Ha that's the filter I just bought because it has a real gasket not some stupid thin o ring

I like the oil filter wrench method, failing that drilling won't be bad, that filter has plastics instead of metal end caps anyway. If its that tight I would drill a fairly big hole, at least 3/8's

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You could try an xl set of channel locks on the lip of the lid.


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Or buy the filter with the funky holes on top and buy the right filter socket from a tool dealer. Worse comes to worse a hammer and chisel will get it to come off. Just tap in the direction to loosen it.
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Try beating a 15/16" socket on it and try again


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