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    Access hard to reach oil filters

    On many new/late-model vehicles, it can be difficult - even seemingly impossible - to get enough access to the oil filter to get a wrench on it, in order to remove it.

    One trick that may help is to use a floor jack to raise the body of the vehicle up enough so that you can get at the filter through the fender wells.

    Don't put the jack under the front suspension (such as a lower control arm). What you want is for the body to raise while the wheel/tire on the side of the vehicle you're working on drops down. This will give you a "line of sight" through the opening in the fenderwell and (hopefully) access to that hard-to-reach oil filter.

    Be sure to use a jackstand in addition to the floor jack to support the weight of the car as you work. Hydraulic jacks can have leaks or fail suddenly - which could be catastrophic if you happen to have your hand/arm in the fenderwell when that happens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    On many new/late-model vehicles, it can be difficult - even seemingly impossible - to get enough access to the oil filter to get a wrench on it, in order to remove it.

    One trick that may help is to use a floor jack to raise the body of the vehicle up enough so that you can get at the filter through the fender wells.

    Don't put the jack under the front suspension (such as a lower control arm). What you want is for the body to raise while the wheel/tire on the side of the vehicle you're working on drops down. This will give you a "line of sight" through the opening in the fenderwell and (hopefully) access to that hard-to-reach oil filter.

    Be sure to use a jackstand in addition to the floor jack to support the weight of the car as you work. Hydraulic jacks can have leaks or fail suddenly - which could be catastrophic if you happen to have your hand/arm in the fenderwell when that happens!
    IMAO, driving the car up ramps is safer and just easier, after you get used to doing it a couple of times.

    -Don-

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonTom View Post
    IMAO, driving the car up ramps is safer and just easier, after you get used to doing it a couple of times.

    -Don-
    Yes, but that won't let the suspension hang free and give you more access through the fender well, which on some cars is pretty much the only way to get at the filter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    Yes, but that won't let the suspension hang free and give you more access through the fender well, which on some cars is pretty much the only way to get at the filter!
    You haven't lived 'till you change a "SOCK" filter on an old V-8 Mopar of the Fifties....

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    Quote Originally Posted by J. ZIMM View Post
    You haven't lived 'till you change a "SOCK" filter on an old V-8 Mopar of the Fifties....
    I haven't yet experienced that!

    But I have dealt with '90s-era Caddys that have their filter mounted upside down, on top of the engine - which makes for a deeee-lightful mess if you aren't extra careful.

    If I were Fuhrer of Cars, I would issue an edict that all engines be designed so that things like oil filters are easily accessible and mounted in such a way as to not drool/flood oil all over when removed!

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