Super Seized oil filter

Monachopsis

Member
As the title says I have a super seized oil filter stuck. There are holes in it due to my lack of critical thinking skills and well i dont know what to do. I used a oil filter wrench, no dice. I have a kn filter and the top bolt isnt work either. Also how do you remove the alternator heat cover? I cant seem to get it off.

Long story short how would you recommend getting it off without conventional means. The bolt on the top is rounded now and well the normal oil wrench does seat right...
thank you
 
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Monachopsis

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there's a lot of this type of oil filter wrench out there. Are you using this style or the one with the metal band?
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this type, does that type work? It feels like there isnt enough space with the turbo and alternator...im def buying a relocation kit next oil change
 

Tippo

Well-known member
I use one of those 3 jaw oil wrenches that tighten onto the filter the harder you loosen it. It also has a magnet to keep the filter in place. However, if it's stuck it will crumple no matter what you do.


I have every type of oil filter wrench and this is the one i always go back to. personal preference though
 

grip-addict

Active member
Tippo, that's a nice piece of kit. Looks like it works really well.
Monachopsis, I use the style I linked, but it's a parts store variety. Works just fine, there isn't the most space in the world between the downpipe and the alternator, but all you need to do is just get it to move a 1/8 of a turn with a tool and then you should be able to hand unscrew it the rest of the way.
 

Monachopsis

Member
Thank you guys for the help. I got the wrench you recommended grip-addict and well it seems good, BUT it still won't move....I can't get it horizontal in order to really push. How do you remove the alternator cooler shield? Can seem to get it off.
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The metal heatwrapped piece.
 

underscore

Well-known member
there should be 3 nuts holding it onto 3 studs that space it up off the alternator. pull the duct off, remove the nuts, and it should come right off.
 

Monachopsis

Member
there should be 3 nuts holding it onto 3 studs that space it up off the alternator. pull the duct off, remove the nuts, and it should come right off.
I didn't think those studs where meant to come out....am dumb
Anyways still no dice, even with the extra space. thing looks like a frag grenade now and I'm just sad.(I'll grab a pict in the morning) I don't know how it got "welded" but at this point I'm out of steam with this whole car.

As such I plan to offload this problem on to my mechanic friend.
I think I might have him also do the driveline fluid (I have it and honestly I was waiting on him so I could borrow his pump) This oil stuff, a new washer pump (mine only work on the rear which is odd?) and the fender. quick side tangent the fender repair is probably more dishearting than this because it's $800...Anyways I'm gonna talk with him, he has always done me right and has also done a great job.

Thank you guys for responding quickly. I love the people here.
 

Monachopsis

Member
I had removed the alternator and still not dice, end result is below....put everything back together I'll see what my buddy qould like to play at.
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grip-addict

Active member
Have you been able to try with taking off the manifold heat shield and the O2 sensor so you have to direct access? The canisters shouldn't contort as much if you grip it towards the base.
 

Monachopsis

Member
Have you been able to try with taking off the manifold heat shield and the O2 sensor so you have to direct access? The canisters shouldn't contort as much if you grip it towards the base.
We'll have to try that, it just blizzards where I'm at so I check up on that when it's not cold and miserable
 

Gert

Active member
Very weird...
I had that once with an GM V8 oil filter.
I hammered an large screwdriver through the filter as close as possible to the thread as an lever, and started turning. The filter did collaps, or what ever you call it, but I kept turning and finally she got loose.
Pretty messy, but what counts are the results :)
 

Monachopsis

Member
Alrighty good news. It came off. The tool that Tippo recommended did the job however according to my mechanic who had done it he said it wasn't the hardest thing he has done however hands down the worse oil filter he had to deal with. Long story short I will be ordering one of those tools and hopefully this does not become a reoccurring situation.
Conclusion: Why has Toyota forsaken me?
 

Tippo

Well-known member
Alrighty good news. It came off. The tool that Tippo recommended did the job however according to my mechanic who had done it he said it wasn't the hardest thing he has done however hands down the worse oil filter he had to deal with. Long story short I will be ordering one of those tools and hopefully this does not become a reoccurring situation.
Conclusion: Why has Toyota forsaken me?
Get used to it, haha. Mine even broke my hand once. Glad it worked out this time, now you know how to deal with it.
 
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