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    I am soooooooo damn pissed off...

    ...Decided to save money and do an oil change myself, instead of having the Dinan shop do it. I've broken 2 filter wrenches trying to get the damn cap off. Tighten to 27nm, bullšhit!! The tech at the shop either can't read torque specs or probably overtightened it so I would have to bring it back to them for the oil change.


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    Did you try it with the engine stone cold?

    If not, that might help.
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    Do you have the factory filter socket?

    The BMW socket is made out of metal and is much easier to use than plastic autoparts store specials.
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    I used a coupla strap wrenches, Fred...

    ...I'll try a cup wrench next, do you happen to know what size wrench the 1.9L takes?

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    I think its a......

    76mm w/ 14 flats.
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    I'll send you the 1 I bought.. It's a pile of [Oops!]

    as far as I'm concerned... I've done my own for a while now, hand tighten and it's a whiz to take off..... Don't understand why a strap wrench ain't doin it for ya....

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    Lefty loosey, righty tighty?



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    Right. I got mine (stampedmetal) at Advance Auto.

    I think PepBoys has them too.
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    Re: Lefty loosey, righty tighty?

    I don't know the answer but when I read that I had to laugh. A million years ago I had a Plymouth. Tried to take a wheel off and struggled with the lug nuts for hours. Then a friend came over and said 'try turning the wrench the other way'. Sure enough, they were reverse threads!!Read "Through The Esses" on RaceFansTV.com

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    IIRC, LL and RT turn tricks at...

    ...the B'ham bus station. Anywho, I ripped a cloth strap wrench, and snapped the metal version. My car's oil cap has the torque specs w/directional arrow cast on it. Maybe the tech couldn't read numbers. I'll run to the parts store and get a cup style wrench, per Fred's specifications. I was joking with the woman at the parts counter that I was on vacation and had 10 days to do the oil change... It might end up taking 10 days=8^(

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    An hour later...

    ...Amelia has a new oil filter and some Royal Purple in her veins. It took a cup wrench, 1/2" ratchet with 3/8 adapter, and some choice expletives to get the cap broke free. I thought I was gonna have to get a cheater pipe after it, ditto the oil drain plug. At least the service light reset was a non-issue. The belts are gonna have to be replaced, of course I drive the car less than 4 miles a week, so that can wait a while.

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    Hmmm, interesting I do the opposite when the eng

    is warm I loosen the cap by hand...next day I change the filter.[IMG]

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