A Better Oil Filter Cap Wrench

Discussion in 'Gen III Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by The Critic, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. The Critic

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    http://image.snapon.com/international/pdf/ofwtoy3kt_npa.pdf

    I found this posted on GarageJournal. It appears that BluePoint/Snap-On has developed a pair of cartridge filter sockets for the newer Toyota vehicles that are equipped with a cartridge oil filter.

    Judging from the shape of the smaller one for the 4-cyl vehicles, I think this is a much better choice than the generic 64mm aluminum caps that one would otherwise use. From what I can see, the Bluepoint cap has greater surface area around the edge, which should grip the cap better to allow for a easier removal. A number of people have reported difficulty in removing the cartridge filter cap on the 1.8L if they are even the slightest bit overtightened, so this cap should help.

    I think I will pick one up for future oil changes on my 2011. The smaller one is $32.15, which is not cheap, but is probably one of the cheaper items that you can buy from Snap-On.

    Between this and a new inch-lb CDI torque wrench, doing a proper "by-the-book" oil change for this car is expensive!
     
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    I just looked at the one I have in the garage and it is completely identical to the OFWTOY4. I loaned that one to a friend and he broke off one of the ears trying to get the filter housing off of a Toyota truck. He then bought the Assenmacher one and that wouldn't remove the housing either. He had to use a big pair of Channel lock pliers and a hammer to remove it. He gave me the Assenmacher along with the broken tool.
     
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    I never have understood why they dont just incorporate a nut head or drive socket into the filter cap. Sure would make it easier and you wouldnt need another tool to change the oil.
     
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    VW did that with the early 2.0T engines, but if you used the 36mm nuts, it would cause the cap to flex a lot....it almost appeared as though you would crack the cap.
     
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    The 4cyl TDIs still have the hex on top of the filter cap.
     
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    So they can sell their special service tools. ;)
     
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    Correct answer!
     
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    How about a universal wrench. Once size fits, most all.

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    When the service department overtightened mine one time I tried a wrench like that and could not budge the filter. The rubber belt just slipped no matter how hard I tried. With normal tightness it should work fine.
     
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    The guy I know practically destroyed the housing to get it off. He used a torque wrench when he put the new housing on.
     
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    Honda's automotive filter is same socket shape/size. They sell a heavy duty, chromed steel socket. Not sure about the price.
     
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    Did my first oil change today. Used a 65/14 oil cap wrench that fit perfectly-snug and tight. I've read that others are loose using the 65mm but mine fits perfectly and no wooble. Had to use a screw driver to pry it out of the filter housing. Mine is metal with 65/14 inside of the oil cap wrench.