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Everytime I go to change my oil filter it's extremely hard to remove. Any way I can make this easier for me in the future?

... and screw it in by hand, maybe a couple of twists with an oil filter strap wrench. Don't over-tighten it. Tighten it by hand then at most about a quarter turn with a strap wrench or by hand (...
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Everytime I go to change my oil filter it's extremely hard to remove. Any way I can make this easier for me in the future?

Oil filter strap wrenches are made to remove filters, not put them on. Oil filters should be made finger-tight, not hand-tight and certainly not wrench-tight. The filter will go through expansion-...
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Is it necessary to replace an oil filter every oil change?

You need to change the oil filter every oil change. In fact some of the longer lasting oils like Amsoil suggest you change your filter out at normal change intervals if you don't use their filters. ...
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Oil Change Steps? (check my list) 2014 Impreza

Here are the instructions per your owners manual. If all else fails, go back to the manual ... you can almost never go wrong by doing so, especially if you still have warranty left on your vehicle. ...
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Left oil filter o-ring behind during an oil change

Yes, this is a potential disaster! With sufficient oil pressure, it can blow the extra ring right out resulting in a massive fast oil leak. Trust me, this only has to happen once for you to make sure ...
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Oil filter on my motorcycle is not coming off

It must not be the correct size for the filter I'd advise buying something like the CTA-2507. This will grab the sides of the filter and works with a large number of different filters. I use one of ...
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Am I wasting my time priming the filter after an oil change?

There's nothing wrong with what you're doing, but it's not really needed. There will be enough residual oil at the bearings and wear points to keep everything in check until the oil pressure comes up. ...
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How important is it to use a Mobil 1 oil filter if you are using Mobil 1 engine oil?

No, but using a quality part for your engine is. Some “cheap” filters may not have the performance or longevity of a quality filter. Really, a “cheap” filter is poor economy considering the function ...
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Can I change the oil without changing the filter?

Either change oil and filter at 12,000 miles Or change oil and filter at 12,000 miles and change oil at 6,000 miles. I too have a car with a hard-to-reach oil filter and routinely go for the ...
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change oil filter after only 300 miles but 18 months?

It kind of depends if the 300 miles was 3 hundred-mile trips, or 150 two-mile trips. Moisture will condense into the oil, and if the trip is short enough, there won't be enough time at operating ...
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Where does this oil filter gasket go?

Found it... The small O-Ring goes where the oil filter bolt meets the oil-filter tray.
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Oil filter on my motorcycle is not coming off

Fits on every known oil filter. Cheap and simple. And never slips. As harder it is tensioned, as harder it will grip it.
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Are mutliple oil and filter changes necessary to 'clean' an engine?

The number of times the oil and filter are changed in the process of cleaning out an engine is not a fixed number. We keep changing it until it stays clean. Two changes is a common average. The change ...
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Is it safe to re-use common automotive oil filters?

Re-using the filter as you describe should not be an issue. Clean the rubber o-ring off (paper towel or clean shop rag should do the trick without injuring it), then reapply clean oil to it and it ...
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Changing oil filter after changing oil

Replacing the filter without draining the oil is almost guaranteed to be very, very messy no matter where the filter's placed. You can re-use the oil as it's fresh, just drain it into a clean ...
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Oil filter on my motorcycle is not coming off

If there's enough room around the filter and it's a cartridge type, you can actually stab it all the way through with a screwdriver or punch and use that as a lever to turn it. If you don't want to ...
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Is it necessary to replace an oil filter every oil change?

It is best to change every oil change, they are cheap and no good reason not to. If you use synthetic oil the oil change interval is longer (usually twice as long or longer) which would mean you don'...
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Toyota Matrix 2012 Oil Filter Cap becomes extremely tight and hard to open

I run into this a lot its a combination of the o-ring and the filter cap bing plastic/rounding off. If you have someone lightly pry against the cap and tap it with a hammer and chisel it usually ...
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Difference Between Oil Filters

Are there differences in oil filters? Absolutely. You need to understand what the function of the oil filter is. Oil carries contaminants away from the bearing surfaces in the engine and pump it ...
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Extending oil change intervals by changing oil filter frequently

The oil filters mostly get rid of particles larger than 20 microns. You will have particles smaller than this size, independent of how many times you change the filter. Therefore the answer is 'NO'. ...
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Could be a problem if I used a little bit different oil filter for my car?

The first type surely fits (I own the same car with the same engine). The second one could fit, I do not know. But I would definitely not use it since the oil circuit is a delicate one, you do not ...
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How can I clean an old oil filter for re-use? [no one makes 'em anymore]

If the filter fits, but is only 5mm shorter in length, you are better off using that than trying to clean the old filter. Reason being, the filter is what catches all the contaminates. In 5mm you ...
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How can I clean an old oil filter for re-use? [no one makes 'em anymore]

Practically speaking, cleaning a filter is impractical. The filter absorbs particles, generally to about 10 microns, which become embedded into the media. Even if one could "wash" it, much of the ...
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What engine oil should you not mix together?

In order to calculate the resultant viscosity you'd likely need to take into account any number of things. The numbers in oil ratings relate to their kinematic viscosity when cold (the number ...
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I accidentally installed the oil filter for the 2.5L version of my 2.0L engine. Will it still work?

You have like 1/2 overlap it most likely will work, however new filter is not that expensive, it's not worth the risk. Replace the filter to be safe.
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magnet on oil-filter- is it a good idea?

Borrowed from another forum: Some magnets are designed for and put on the end of the filter. Inside the filter near that area is the bypass valve, which is mechanical (a spring) and magnetic (steel). ...
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Oil Change Steps? (check my list) 2014 Impreza

It looks like you got most of the steps there but not all in the right order. Allow car to cool sufficiently so that the oil is not hot. This will make the rest of the job easier. Drive car onto low ...
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Which oil filter has the highest debris capacity?

Information provided courtesy of Purolator Filters via theSHOP Let’s face it. While performance engines represent the most fun in our businesses, it’s the everyday engines we build that pay the rent ...
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Is it necessary to replace an oil filter every oil change?

The other side of the argument holds more true: You can go without ever replacing your oil if you frequently replace your filter. Now, at which frequency is different and the oil must be drained ...
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Is it necessary to replace an oil filter every oil change?

tl;dr: The oil filter literally collects the solid waste of the engine. How long are you going to make this poor car "hold it"? I understand the oil filter's job is to remove contaminants from the ...
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