Do you want to detach your car’s oil filter by yourself? Have you ever had the thought of making an oil filter wrench by yourself? Oil filters are the essential part of your car’s engine system. Their function is more akin to the human lungs.
If we talk about the blood of the car, then it is the best diesel engine oil or adding oil in AC compressor or lubricating oil for the maintenance of your car’s body parts, and oil filters aid to purify all the types of oils, which are used in your car.
What is an Oil Filter Wrench?
An oil filter wrench is a piece of equipment, which is used to detach the spin-on oil filters, which are most commonly used in the automobile industries. The spin-on filters are the oil containers, which have a cylindrical shape and smooth surface. Hence, the grip of oil filter wrench must be efficient to make process of removing oil filter easier.
These filters eliminate the impurities from the all types of oils, which are used for various purposes such as engine oil, lubricating oil or transmission oil.
Types of Oil-Filter Wrench
There are many types of oil filter wrenches available in the automotive industry. However, by material used in grip, the oil filter wrenches can be classified as below:
1. Chain type oil filter wrench
The chain type oil filter wrench is most commonly used for the removal of spin on filters. The chain loop is used as a grip, and it is put on the filter. The grip of this wrench is excellent, since it has better tractive teeth, which clenches the oil canister tightly without slipping. The chain starts covering the filter as you start turning the anti-bar clockwise.
When using a socket wrench, the excessive tension produced by the chain is more than by turning the bar. Hence, the canister material can be clenched efficiently without any slipping.
2. Metal band type oil filter wrench
Metal band type oil filter wrench comprises of two loops, which are fixed at any end of the handle. It is used to tighten up the bands surrounding the oil filter. It also rotates the filter from its rigid place. Without any shadow of a doubt, the anti-clockwise twisting motion of handle is good enough to produce an adequate tension for the removal of the oil filter.
3. Plastic or metallic cup type oil filter wrench
The profile of plastic or metallic cup type oil filter is more akin to the socket. The grip of any wrench is highly affected by the knurling given at the bottom of the filter. Hence, the cup, which is fixed at the either filter’s end is directly linked with the knurling.
The socket extension is used to remove the filter. The luxurious cars such a BMW and Volkswagen cars entail such type of oil filter wrenches.
4. Claw type oil filter wrench
Claw type oil filter wrench comprises of three metal legs or claws and a ratchet driver. When you put the wrench on the filter and turn up the driver anti-clockwise, the metallic prongs start detaching the oil filter.
These types of wrenches are used when the filters are fixed into the narrow spaces. Moreover, it is also handy for the removal of tight filters.
How to Make an Oil Filter Wrench?
There are numerous ways to make an oil filter wrench. Well, if you want to make a wrench, which can be used for multi-purpose jobs, then the given procedure is an apt according to your needs. Follow the below steps by using required equipment, which is mentioned as below:
- Seat belt material
- Square tubing
- Socket extensions
- Drill bit
- Sewing awl
- Lighter or fire starter
- Socket wrench
- Welding machine
Below is the procedure to make strap type oil filter wrench:
1. Take a seat belt material and square tubing
Seat belt material is quite flexible and compatible during the tightening and losing process oil filter. It's good elasticity, and durability makes it an apt option for the strap type oil filter wrench. Hence, take a seat belt strap of 24 inches. Moreover, choose ½ inch square tubing, which elongates up to 6 inches.
2. Make a cut on either side of the tubing
To slide down the seat belt strap, you have to make a cut on the either side of the tubing. Make a mark at the distance of two and a half inch. Start cutting the side of tubing from the middle point of either edge up to the mark using a circular saw. Clean out the left metal at the end of the cut using a drill bit.
3. Drill a hole on the cutting edge of tubing
Drill a hole on the other side of the cutting edge of tubing to get the screwdriver in using driller. The screwdriver acts as a handle for turning the oil filter wrench. Make sure the hole should be made in a suitable size of the screwdriver.
4. Make a few loops of belt
Melt the frayed ends of the belt together using a lighter or a fire starter. Take up the belt and fold it in a way that both the ends get overlapped each other. Before sliding the belt into the cutting portion, make a few loops so that the belt cannot pull out during the turning of wrench, since the loops enable some bulk.
5. Stich the loops
Now, stitch the loops using a sew-awl. Hence, the belt strap will clench the tubing tightly so that the concern of pull out of strap will be avoided during the job.
6. Cut the socket extension into two pieces
If you want to make multi-tasking oil filter wrench, the idea of welding two fragments of socket extension is relevant. Cut your socket extension in two pieces. The upper portion of the socket extension is welded into the tubing on the contrary side of the stitched strap portion. The lower portion is welded at the right angle of upper portion on the upright side of the tubing.
7. Fix the socket wrench at the end of tubing
Fix your socket wrench with the welded upper portion at the end of the tubing. Hence, the upper welded portion of a socket extension is used for the turning of the wrench, whereas the lower welded portion is used to take out the plug of the oil paint. You can also dress up the homemade oil filter wrench using different colors of paints on the tubing.
There are many types of oil filter wrenches, which are used for the different type of filters. According to the toughness level of the removal of the oil filter, you should pick an apt filter wrench. However, you can also choose another option called DIY technique for the making of oil filter wrench.
First and foremost, take the material of grip into consideration during the making of filter wrench. The seat belt strap is used as a grip material in the above procedure. All in all, follow the above procedure and feel privileged by detaching your own car’s filter by yourself.