When I started changing my own oil again, the prior shop had the filter on so tight I couldn't get it to budge. Tried a socket/wrenches/pliers, nothing worked. Stopped shy of the screwdriver trick - filled it up with oil and drove it the 1/2 mile back to that shop and made them change the stupid thing.
Still, even with being mindful of installation torque I swear they sometimes try to weld themselves on over time.
I always liked the sockets, but they fit better on some filter brands than others. Can be tricky if you switch brands. The one I had worked really well on the old Pure Ones with the grippy yellow paint, but those filters went away and it didn't work so well with others. I switched to one of those spring-loaded types which automatically adjust to the size of the filter and crank down on the filter harder as you turn it. Currently have the Lisle 63600,
it works great. Of course with that design, you can't use it to install the filter.
Neat tip on the bag over the filter!
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