Hold your phone calls, folks, we have a winner. If I could get my hand into
the intimate recesses of this beast, would I have written in with the
original question? A freaking 800 pound gorilla could only get at this with
his fingertips. But then, he couldn't get his hambone arms through the
small space between the tie rod, the stabilizer, and the steering dampener.
I'm interested. Just how much force can you exert with only your fingertips
and the rest of your arm straight? If you can get exert enough torque to
get a large oil filter off, you're a better man than I.
From your above post, it looks like you have never ever seen the model,
year, and vehicle in question, or you would not make such ridiculous
Therein lies your answer.
And yeah. Fram filters. Sorry, I use cheapo Fleet Guard that doesn't have
the coarse coating. When a Fram filter blows up, those fragments sure do
help you get it off with a screwdriver or channel locks. But by then, the
engine is blown, and you can do it on deck and not from a creeper dolly.
You ever worked on a real truck?
It's cheaper to apply that texture than to make a filter that's worth
putting on a good engine.
I always liked the 7/8" nut that Hastings welded to their filters -
which also had a much thicker steel case, and a coil-spring relief valve.
I use Wix exclusively now, though there are a lot of other quality
filters out there. Fram isn't one of them.
Been in the parts business 40 years, cut apart a lot of oil filters.
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