I've always hated working on cars. Bolts always get stuck, I lose important screws, everything always seems to be in stupidly awkward places and I end up with cuts, grazes and burns.
But as with so many of us, I have no choice as my local mechanics (who seem to have very little business so apparently try to get their money by charging what customers do go to them ridiculous prices) wanted an arm and a leg ($220) to do an oil change on my TT.
As Autobarn had a sale on this week I grabbed some Nulon 10w 40 Synthetic (as recommended on this site) and one of those oil filter wrenches that have a sort of webbing attached to a socket. The idea being that as you tighten up the socket, the webbing grabs the oil filter tightly and with a bit of a grunt, the filter politely obliges and comes loose.
No chance! I spent ages desperately trying to get at the filter both from the top (I have relatively skinny arms) and also from underneath.
Eventually I did manage to get the filter wrench around the filter but even though I'd thoroughly cleaned the filter body an hour earlier using meths, the webbing of the wrench simply slipped on the filter's shiny paintwork.It was also a Devil of a job getting the socket handle in such a tight space so that it could be turned even a few degrees.
I looked longingly at a large screwdriver I had nearby and was sorely tempted to do the old trick of sticking it in and turning (as I imagined it was really the Japanese bloke who 'designed' the filter's position all those years ago) but I somehow fought the temptation because once the filters punctured there's no going back if the filter still won't come off.
I ended up gluing on some sandpaper with the course side outwards on Saturday night. On Sunday I tried once again with my bare hands but although I could get more of a grip on the filter, I still couldn't get it to budge.
I cut several inches off the an old socket handle and tried again with the filter wrench but again, even though it was obvious the webbing wouldn't slip this time,the angle that I needed to turn the handle at was near impossible due to all sorts of bits and pieces that were in the way.
Swearing madly and cursing everything I spent even more time on Soarer Central and read up about a tool some others have used. I nipped down to Autobarn and grabbed one. It's called a 3 leg reversible oil filter wrench and it's made by Stanley. (number 997654 on the packaging) and it cost me $26.
This morning I positioned this tool (which as you may have seen in other threads on oil filter removal) which has three arms that go in and out and also a female socket so that all you have to do is slip it over the filter, attach the socket handle, gently click the ratchet until the arms grip the filter and then give the handle a twist (I used the handle I'd shortened the day before).
There was a glorious satisfaction as I felt the filter 'give' and then slowly spin open.Success!!
It shows me something I've always known (but sometimes ignore due to lack of funds) that excellent tools can make all the difference to a job.
I even resisted the temptation to hurl the old filter way way into the bush at the bottom of my block! Nah I'll kill it a more environmentally friendly way.
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 01:09 pm, by: Mike Triggs(Mikeandimah)
David Henderson wrote on Monday, June 11, 2012 - 11:30 am:
they don't need to be really tight
I agree, don't do them up too tight. I got two K&N filters (quite cheap) from UK last year, they have a nut on the bottom which isn't as useful as it sounds, it's quite rounded, it's an inch so 25mm socket won't fit and 26mm loose, and it's a bugger of a spot to get at at the best of times.
It is much cheaper and more satisfying to changes one's own oil though, even if it results in burned/skinned knuckles and a mess on the garage/carport floor. You get to use the oil of your choice, too.
So next time you will put down some newspaper or the big sheet of cardboard I have for that purpose. Good on ya Trev, at least you are having a go, and gaining knowledge along the way. After you have done it 4-5 times you will get it all down pat, even the clean up. And like Mike said, doing things yourself can be quite rewarding.
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 02:04 pm, by: Katsuji Ueda(Senrioka8)
Did you know this ? Toyota made a small modification on Jan. '94 for oil filter bracket so that you can replace the oil filter more easily. As you can see with the pics, they tilted the oil filter bracket. The modified oil filter bracket part number is 15670-46080. It will cost ￥8,600. I don't do any of those works myself but I'm thinking of replacing the bracket in the near future.
guess i'm lazy i just do it with the screw driver and bash the bastard off, just kind tap a dint into it and then tap the dint around till it works loose enough to turn by hand. this normally ends up with oil everywhere as all the stuff in the filter it self normally pours out the hole you end up bashing into it
The reason I didn't go that way Shane, is it's my only means of transport and I live a fair few k's out of town and with no buses etc available.
I've done the 'poke and twist' bit many moons ago on other cars and although it usually worked out ok, on THIS occasion if I'd done the same but after doing so (and usually ripping the hell out of the filter itself) I found myself with less and less metal to turn, there would be no 'plan B' and without wheels I'm stuffed.
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 11:22 pm, by: David Grima(Maltezr)
I agree doing oil changes yourself is better as you can choose the brand of oil you wish to..not what the workshop uses... I've personally always done my own oil changes on all my cars as its a pretty straight forward exercise...its a pity the filter location on the 1jz is in such a bastard of a spot, but you get used to it after a few oil changes lol... didn't know that they changed the angle of the filter bracket in 94 models Katsuji-san.. thanks for sharing, would make it a bit easier to take off I guess...
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 09:42 am, by: Mike Triggs(Mikeandimah)
Daniel Clarke wrote on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 08:20 am:
I use the k&n filters and they have a 1inch nut .
So unlike mike , I use a 1 inch socket , not an incorrect mm one ;)
I have a large collection of sockets, Daniel, but not 1", and I'm not going to pay for one now that I'm nearly 60... It's not so much the 26mm socket that was the problem, but actually fitting the ratchet in there!
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 01:13 pm, by: Mike Triggs(Mikeandimah)
Daniel Clarke wrote on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 12:36 pm:
Bit of tongue in cheek mike :-)
Yeah, I figured you were being jocular
Seriously, I have a large collection of Imperial/SAE stuff but rarely use it, the last car that needed them was a piece of sh!t Commode 15 years ago- that was a mix of all sorts of stuff, including Metric (this country having Metricated about a decade before the Commode was made- GM obviously had a lot of SAE stuff to use up).
Use a tool called "Oil Filter Pliers" to remove the oil filter, you can reach it from the side of the inlet manifold from the top, grip the filter and spin it loose, they grip it well. That's all you need :
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 12:16 pm, by: Darren Bauer(Dazmon)
I wish I would have read this thread last weekend, I actually had that Stanley remover tool in my hand and the kind young salesguy talked me into getting the cheaper Stanley tool with the belt, haven't tried it yet, but hopefully I don't have to buy a 4th tool (I broke the first 2 metal ring ones).