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Old 04-10-2001, 07:01 PM
Ron Johnstone Ron Johnstone is offline
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It is not the use of your hand or the use of a wrench, but how much you tighten the filter past the point where the oiled gasket touches the filter housing. I always use a tool (to save my knuckles) and NEVER tighten more than 3/4 turn. With a tool, it is easier to keep track of the rotation. Never had a problem getting it off either.

However, having had a couple of terrible experiences with some greasemonkey over, way over tightening things, I always do it myself. MBZ oilpan drain access bolts are frequently nightmares to remove if some idiot tightened them too much.
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