This oil filter removal is turning into a real nightmare. Today I borrowed a Fram oil filter wrench from my RV-12 buddy.
This wasn't the strap kind, but the kind with the jaws and teeth, like so:
It didn't work; The teeth just skidded along the surface of the can. So I drilled a hole in the can and screwed in a sheet metal screw to act as a stop. Still no dice.
So I pounded a large screwdriver through the filter and it still wouldn't loosen. WTF?
At this point, all I could think to do was to use a chisel to peel away the can:
Then I pried out the pleated paper filter:
After using a chisel to remove the remainder of the can, there was really nothing left but the base of the filter, which was a 1/8" thick steel stamping. Beating on the the edge with a brass drift and ball pein hammer wouldn't loosen it. I tried grinding on it with my peanut whistle cutoff wheel, but it was too sturdy to break up. I didn't want to grind into the oil filter adapter, either.
At this point I drove to Harbor Freight and bought a set of 20" slip joint pliers. Would you believe that the base of the filter still wouldn't budge??? I plugged up the oil passage with a paper towel so as not to get anything in there.
At that point I ran out of ideas and went home to think about it. The only idea I have come up with is to remove the left mag so as to get a better purchase with those Big Azz pliers. You guys got any ideas?