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    Oil Filter Stuck On

    I just bought a 2011 CTS 3L AWD with 30,000 miles about a week ago. Everything is great with the car so far except the oil filter, I tried to remove the oil filter and it is stuck, very stuck. What should I do in this situation. Right now my plan is to take it to the dealer and let them deal with it, but I have to drive about 30 miles and if I can avoid that it would be great.

    Typically I would use a torch to heat up the housing and hope it came loose. But I'm hesitant to attempt that with such a new car.

    What can I do myself?

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    Re: Oil Filter Stuck On

    I would let the dealer do it. It might be the best $40 you ever spent if something goes wrong.

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    Re: Oil Filter Stuck On

    Quote Originally Posted by calif phil View Post
    I would let the dealer do it. It might be the best $40 you ever spent if something goes wrong.
    I completely agree. Whoever did it before is a moron. Remember, once you get it back from the dealer make sure you can open it up yourself. When reinstalling the oil filter cap, use a torque wrench and tighten to 25 Nm / 18.44 pound feet. Obviously, the previous moron torqued it to wheel nut specs (140 ft. lbs.).

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    Re: Oil Filter Stuck On

    Quote Originally Posted by chris.gogreen View Post
    I just bought a 2011 CTS 3L AWD with 30,000 miles about a week ago. Everything is great with the car so far except the oil filter, I tried to remove the oil filter and it is stuck, very stuck. What should I do in this situation. Right now my plan is to take it to the dealer and let them deal with it, but I have to drive about 30 miles and if I can avoid that it would be great.

    Typically I would use a torch to heat up the housing and hope it came loose. But I'm hesitant to attempt that with such a new car.

    What can I do myself?
    Hello chris.gogreen,

    I am glad you are satisfied with your recent purchase of a 2011 CTS. I apologize you are experiencing a concern with your oil filter. If you would like my assistance while working with your dealer, please let me know. Send me a private message with your full contact information, VIN, current mileage and dealer name and location.

    Sincerely,

    Laura M.
    Cadillac Customer Care

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    Re: Oil Filter Stuck On

    Chris, be sure to use a 6point socket and nothing but a six point. Read the sticky on OilChange at top of forum page.

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    Re: Oil Filter Stuck On

    I just had an oil change at my local Chevy store, I asked the tech if he ever had a problem
    with the oil filters in CTS? He said he has a special tool that wraps the whole canister and makes
    it pretty foolproof. I didn't see the tool, so I can't offer any more. thanks, douglas

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    Re: Oil Filter Stuck On

    Quote Originally Posted by Douglas Rome View Post
    I just had an oil change at my local Chevy store, I asked the tech if he ever had a problem
    with the oil filters in CTS? He said he has a special tool that wraps the whole canister and makes
    it pretty foolproof. I didn't see the tool, so I can't offer any more. thanks, douglas
    He is probably referring to a strap-wrench.
    http://www.google.com/imgres?sa=X&es...0&tx=105&ty=99

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    Re: Oil Filter Stuck On

    I don't think so, he would have said strap wrench. He made a motion with his hand, like you
    would do to cover a cylinder, like you'd put your fingers to pick up a jar, or open a jar.
    I was surprised there was such a tool because I had never seen one, but there are some
    unique tools out there. thanks, douglas

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    Re: Oil Filter Stuck On

    Try cracking it loose when the engine is warm, then let cool a bit and finish oil change.

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    Re: Oil Filter Stuck On

    If filter is hard to loosen use two wrenches. One a 6 point and also a strap wrench.

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    Re: Oil Filter Stuck On

    Quote Originally Posted by C&C View Post
    He is probably referring to a strap-wrench.
    http://www.google.com/imgres?sa=X&es...0&tx=105&ty=99
    He's probably talking about a cup wrench. They make them in different sizes. The oil filter simply fits inside the cup and has the correct points to grab the filter.http://www.ebay.com/itm/23Pc-Aluminu...cacef3&vxp=mtr

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    Exclamation Another thread on this topic ...

    You're not alone, by a long shot ... go HERE to read another thread on this topic. Check out the photo of what can happen ... and why it would be wise to have the dealer remove it for you.

    The same experience happened to me the first time I changed my CTS oil and filter, a car I purchased used. I had purchased (which I suggest you purchase) the 24mm 6-point, 1/2" drive socket, but the filter cap still wouldn't budge using a my 1/2" drive ratchet. I almost used my breaker-bar, but decided otherwise and used my impact wrench. I gave it short, quick bursts ... and got lucky; it broke loose. From then on, I just snug it up gently ... lesson learned. FYI

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