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Fuel filter stuck

Good evening, all!

I bought a used '96 Ram a little while ago, and figured I had better change the fuel filter before committing to any extremely long trips. I drained the fuel out of it, and unhooked the wires.

I tried removing the old filter using a strap wrench, but got in a hurry and put a little torque into tightening it, first. (I'm assuming it's not reverse threaded, here) After getting my head put back on straight, I set about applying torque to it in the right direction. After struggling with it for a while, I got an assistant and a bunch of 1/2" extensions. We managed to put enough force into it from below the truck to tear the belt on the strap wrench. The canister is nicely dented, but didn't move. I'm sort of guessing I'll need a new housing assembly, at this point.

I'm probably missing something the various instructions I read took for granted, here. I'm hoping you all can help me out!

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My 95 was the same way. Wouldn't budge. Nylon strap wrench would just slip, folded sandpaper and put it between the strap and the filter. It slipped and shredded the sandpaper. Even Channellock filter pliers slipped. Finally got a metal band filter wrench with attached handle on (with sandpaper in between). Found a way to get both hands on the handle from the topside. After nearly a minute of pulling as hard as I could with both hands, it slowly started to turn, and 1 1/2 strenuous turns later it broke free. I made sure the gasket on the new filter was lubricated and tightened 3/4 turn after contact. Hopefully it comes off much easier next time. Worst case scenario for you: you might have to take the filter mount off so you can clamp it in a vise. Good luck, patience and perseverance!!!

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The metal filter wrench works the best like said above, someone must have over tightened it.

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The redneck fix is to take a screw driver and punch it through the side of the filter and use it as a handle. Works every time for me when someone has gorilla tightened a filter on.
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Thank you all for the helpful suggestions! I borrowed a chain wrench from someone at work, so I'll start there and buy a metal strap wrench if need be.
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The chain wrench won't be much different unless you can grab at the very top of the filter where the lip is.

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Victory! Getting the chain wrench near the lip of the filter worked like a charm. Thank you all for your advice!
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Victory! Getting the chain wrench near the lip of the filter worked like a charm. Thank you all for your advice!
Glad to hear it, that's the strongest part of the filter. Thanks for updating us.

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Victory! Getting the chain wrench near the lip of the filter worked like a charm. Thank you all for your advice!
I always grab at either end of the filter. Same with any spin on. It's the strongest part of the filter and it won't distort as you tighten the strap around it.

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