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    Question Oil Filter Housing Cover Stuck

    Hello,

    I bought my Catera about 2 years ago. When I bought it I tried to change the oil but the cover for the filter housing was stuck. I even had my mechanic try and he felt he was gonna bust the whole housing. My thought up until now has been rather than bust the housing and making the car undrivable, ill just drive it and change the oil without changing the filter. Its been 15k and the pressure is starting to drop a little. I found some posts on this but mostly related to replacing the oil cooler. Has anyone else ran into this and fixed it? Any help or guidance is appreciated.

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    Re: Oil Filter Housing Cover Stuck

    Sounds like the last oil change, someone cross threaded it back on.

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    Re: Oil Filter Housing Cover Stuck

    If it takes breaking it then sooooo be it you must change the filter buy a new cover and housing its well worth the cost lets see 3000.00 motor 50.00 housing and cover boy thats hard to balance hu

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    Re: Oil Filter Housing Cover Stuck

    Kaustein sounds like he might be right track, I have a 2000 as well and it never got stuck. Does it budge at all? You could always get a 3/8 breaker bar and see what happens . Your about 3 oil changes due for a new filter anyways lol.

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    Pray that the pressure drop is due to a severely gunked up filter, and not blockages from disintegrated filter media.

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    Re: Oil Filter Housing Cover Stuck

    When you change oil if it dropped pressure lets say by 10 pounds go to 10w30 or 10w40 it will pick back up also i would recommend doing 5 quarts of oil and 1 quart of LUCAS OIL STABILIZER it does wonders for oil life and oil pressure along with a good oil filter dont use junk because thats what youll end up with

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    If oil pressure is low, it is either a bad pump or blockages. Switching to a thicker oil will increase pressure, but only because it's more difficult to pump through the oil passages, it isn't actually solving a problem. The same goes for adding Lucas, it raises oil pressure because it thickens the oil. And FWIW, oil does not need "stabilizing".

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    Re: Oil Filter Housing Cover Stuck

    No one said it would repair the problem but for many people that dont have money to rebuild motors and do not have the knowledge it helps to pass on a little help now and then and as far as the increase in pressure goes it sure doesnt hurt now does it please anyone out there this is a cure for older engines that you dont want to dump money itno it does nothing but help

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    But it isn't curing anything. The increased pressure is purely from the thickness of the oil. It doesn't indicate increased flow from a worn/damaged pump, it doesn't mean that sufficient oil is being delivered to where it needs to be. It WILL make the oil pressure gauge read higher, and keep low oil pressure lights/messages off, but that's an artificial result.

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    Re: Oil Filter Housing Cover Stuck

    I did not say its the fix again for people that dont have the money to fix the car it is the fix if the motor has oil pressure mproblems iam sure the person would know it the lifter noise alone would give them a hint iam not here to to hassle with you just give someone a little hand but as always someones always gonna find a problem with everthing so chat away with this big oil issue you have iam done and to whoever wanted to know use the thicker weigght oil its a cheap cure for a PROBLEM CAR SEE YA

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    Re: Oil Filter Housing Cover Stuck

    Tap the cartridge housing with a ball-peen hammer. Try using a blunt chisel to turn it. Break the housing if you have to and convert to a spin-on cartridge. It's easier than you think.

    See how2 (originally from Omega Owners Forum):

    http://cateraowners.forumotion.com/t...our-oil-filter

    NOTE: The part numbers are for the Omega and not valid in the USA.

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    Re: Oil Filter Housing Cover Stuck

    i bought a new cover from advance auto for 27 dollars and used a air chisle it came right off it was usable after i chisled it but since i bought a new one i put it on anyway

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