Stuck oil filter has reader stumped
RAY: No, you pretty much hit 'em all, Lasha!
TOM: The one other advantage we have at the shop is that we have some better wrenches to try. We have one that grabs around the bottom of the filter, and attaches to a ratchet. But sometimes even that doesn't work.
RAY: And then the only option is to grab the air chisel and break it off. And you're absolutely right to tow it to a professional to have that done. It's not something you want to try yourself, because if you screw it up and take a chunk out of that mating surface on the engine block, every filter from then on will leak.
TOM: And you want to be able to blame the SHOP for that, rather than your husband.
RAY: I can tell you why the filter stuck: You forgot to put oil on the filter gasket. The filter comes with a rubber O-ring on top that creates a seal between the filter and the engine. If you don't lubricate the seal with oil before tightening the new filter, it will "wed" to the engine block, and be extremely difficult to remove.
TOM: How does he know that? Personal experience!
RAY: Right. Nowadays, we prefer a nice, healthy dollop of Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil to lube the gasket, but the truth is, a fingertip full of motor oil will do just as well. You'll remember it next time, I'm sure, Lasha.