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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-07-2004, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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all I can say...

taking the oil filter off of a 2nd Gen Trep is torture. :mad:

For whatever reason, what usually takes me 30 minutes to do, my oil change today took almost 2 hours. It was like the damn oil filter was welded on. I ended up doing the ol' stab the oil filter with a screwdriver, make a complete mess, and slowly twist it off.

Man, what a biotch!!! :mad:

From here on out, I am only using K&N oil filters. That bolt-gimmick on the end of the filter makes it soooo easy to take off.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-07-2004, 07:31 PM
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I use the oil filter wrench that is a cup which fits over the entire filter and then you can use a ratchet on it
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-07-2004, 10:59 PM
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I just changed my oil today too, and I didn't have any problem. I use the end cap thingie that grabs the recesses in the end of the filter. Are you tightening the filter too tight?? All you need to do is to oil the rubber gasket and put on hand tight only. Do not use a wrench to tighten. If you are worried about leaks, then take a clean rag to the metal surface to clean off any contaminents, and oil the gasket to help it seal.
The nice thing about changing your own oil is that you can let it drain for a few hours to get all the "gook" out. Unfortunately for me, it was sunny when I started, but two hours later when I went out it was raining... Better rain than snow!
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2004, 08:27 AM
 
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I've only changed the oil once on my intrepid, pain in the a$$!!

Didn't have a special filter wrench, just an old one, nearly impossible to get onto the filter to take it off.

Its going to Mr. Lube from now on. :crazy:
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2004, 08:29 AM
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I've never had a problem with a second gen.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2004, 09:53 AM
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you can find the multi-fit oil filter wrench at walmart or k-mart they are about $4.99 and they fit 6 different sizes this is the item joeKD & bongobonby are talking about good luck
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I use the Fram filters with the grip on the end.. i get mine off by hand everytime...

was the car hot?? Its easier to get off when the car cools down. And dont tighten it to much.,, hand tight is all you need.
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Definately a good point. You should let the car set for as long as possible, like overnight, so that all the old oil drains down from the upper engine area.

You realize you just opened yourself up for some "Fram bashing?" I personally have never had any problems with them but I use other brands also...
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