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okay, Im getting ready to do my first oil and fuel filter change on my 6.0. I looked at my water separator and the cap looked pretty rounded off. I went ahead and ordered a new one so I wouldnt be stranded if I couldnt make the old one work. Anyways while Im at the store I pick up a "lisle" fuel/oil socket. I think ford makes one too. Why in the hell do they even sell these things? Im guessing I will have a bunch of people chime in and tell me they work fine, but I just cant see how. The water separator is a 35mm and the oil cap is 36mm. That being said, the socket obviously has to be a 36mm. It doesnt fit the 35mm one very snug at all and on a piece of plastic, I can see how they get stripped out. I know its any easy solution, buy a 36mm socket and a 35mm one. Its just the fact they sell them knowing they are plastic and they will strip with the first spin of the ratchet. oh well, ill get off my soapbox.
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I've never used the Lisle socket but I've used the snap-on socket a bunch and never had an issue. This is the one I use....

S3624, Socket, Filter Flip, 24 and 36mm, 3/8" square drive

It's nice because you can do all the filters with it. You just have to use a short extension with it. Now if you want to complain about something, why do the put the 1/2 cutout in the small fuel filter cap? This will break the cap pretty much every time. I think they do it to sell more filter caps......
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Working at my last job, the lower fuel filter on a 6.0 and 6.4, oil filter on a 6.0, 6.4, and Eseries 6.0, we used the same socket for all and never had problems.
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Yea...I broke my small fuel filter cap last weekend. Didn't crack the whole cap but the nut is toast. Ford wants $57 for a new one....can get a nice billet alum. for $42. No brainer what I am going to do!

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I dont know, mines a 36mm too so maybe Im just overreacting. I guess since there is such a low torque spec they think using the 36mm on the 35mm will be fine. I'm not chancing it though, damn cap was 28 bucks. It may be because it is dorman part instead of a ford part. I mean I would think it would be exactly the same, but I tried it on the brand new cap and it was pretty dang loose. Loose enough that I woudnt want to chance messing it up. Ill put a caliper on it sometime and see what the actual difference is, just for my own curiosity.

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I've never used the Lisle socket but I've used the snap-on socket a bunch and never had an issue. This is the one I use....

S3624, Socket, Filter Flip, 24 and 36mm, 3/8" square drive

It's nice because you can do all the filters with it. You just have to use a short extension with it. Now if you want to complain about something, why do the put the 1/2 cutout in the small fuel filter cap? This will break the cap pretty much every time. I think they do it to sell more filter caps......
well you said every single thing I was going to say

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I use a matco version of the lisle socket. Never had an issue. I've bought the lisle socket for a few of my friends who own 6.0's. Never heard of any issues from them either. I was under the impression that both caps where the same. I've held them side by side and can't tell the difference.

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maybe Im just a puss? lol Seriously the socket fits nice and snug on the oil filter, but its fairly loose on the fuel filter. Maybe its the cheap china made one I bought instead of the ford part. Oh well Ill just buy a cheap socket to go with my cheap cap.
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