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Old 03-26-2010, 12:34 AM
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Oil filter stuck

I have a stuck oil filter on a pontiac 400. The filter's tin has ripped off up to where the filter meets the oil pad on the block. The "guts" of the filter came out as well as a plate but the plate with holes is still screwed onto the block. I have tried using vice grips to twist off remains of filter with no luck and I have no idea why the filter is stuck. I bent one side of the plate down thinking it would release the seal and loosen. I replaced the filter last time and i dont think it was cross threaded. The filter never leaked. I'm thinking about cutting the plate with a dremmel. Any thoughts? joe
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Hmmm?

Well if anything you can always replace the oil filter piece from another 400 block. I think it should have 3 or 2 bolts holding it.

Did you over heat the engine?
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I would take a hammer and a wide dull chisel and try to spin the filter base off.
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What RICRACER said...about the only way to get it off at this point, is to drive it off...
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unbolt the attachment from the block and put it in a vice and then try to take it off , be careful as its a casting and will crack .
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I believe the threads are covered up by the remains of the filter...
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Farmer fix

try the two pin wrench that came with your side grinder - if you are lucky it might fit , if not make one with a piece of metal and a couple of bolts.
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I would take a hammer and a wide dull chisel and try to spin the filter base off.
That's what worked for me. A 2-lb drilling hammer and a somewhat dull 1" cold chisel.
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caution, Will Robins!!!!

Just be VERY careful not to be banging on the cast fitting. It could very well break on ya.

good luck.
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Are you SURE you're turning it the right way? Just kidding!. Last time I was in Harbor Freight, I saw an oil filter wrench with vice grip "locking", and large, curved, "gripper", jaws; pretty mean looking tool. It looked like it would remove any part, of any, stuck on oil filter; or could be used in a midieval dungeon. Butch/junior stocker.
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