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I plan on changing my own oil soon and have the correct socket for the filter assembly but was wondering if a 3/8 swivel socket would make the job a little easier. Or, is just a 3/8 socket wrench are thats needed. It looks like a tight spot to get the socket and wrench at.
 

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I found the 2.4 is too tight for any socket (I have had 2- 2.2 engines with the same oil filter but had enough clearence to use a socket). I bought a special socket made for the filter cap Lisle 14700. Look on ebay or Amazon to find the cheapest price.
 

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hfdad said:
I plan on changing my own oil soon and have the correct socket for the filter assembly but was wondering if a 3/8 swivel socket would make the job a little easier. Or, is just a 3/8 socket wrench are thats needed. It looks like a tight spot to get the socket and wrench at.
I didn't find it necessary to use a swivel socket. My Craftsman 3/8" Drive worked fine.

(added later) I mis-understood his comment about having the correct socket. I thought he meant the Lisle Socket. I took an extra 1 1/4" standard socket and cut it down to a shorter height so that I can fit my ratchet in there. The standard 1 1/4" socket height would NOT allow me to fit in a standard or a swivel ratchet. I had an extra socket that I could sacrifice for the job.
 

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Yea, you have to have the shallow depth socket. I think I got mine for $7 with free shipping from Amazon.

For me, I use a 3" extension 3/8 drive. You dont need to have a swivel socket/extension though. You just mainly use the shallow socket to break it lose and tighten it down a little bit. Once its free, you can just turn it by hand easily enough. If the oil filter cap had a hand turn on it you could do it that way but they dont. :(
 

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bballr4567 said:
Yea, you have to have the shallow depth socket. I think I got mine for $7 with free shipping from Amazon.

For me, I use a 3" extension 3/8 drive. You dont need to have a swivel socket/extension though. You just mainly use the shallow socket to break it lose and tighten it down a little bit. Once its free, you can just turn it by hand easily enough. If the oil filter cap had a hand turn on it you could do it that way but they dont. :(
Thanks for the info, I tried the fit of the socket and wrench but did not need to remove it yet. It was just wondering if there was a better combination of socket accessories for an easier reach.
 

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You really need the 32mm Lisle socket from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009OMYAQ/ref=oss_product
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I used these tools when I replaced the filter recently:
3/8 torque wrench
(2) 3 inch extensions
6 inch extension
3/8 inch swivel joint

I found the swivel joint to be quite helpful, though you can get by without it. If you're going to splurge $7 for the 32mm socket to do the job yourself, spend the extra $10 and get the swivel.
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00904435000P?keyword=3%2F8+universal+socket+adaptor&mv=tr
 

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Since you use a torque wrench, what are the torque specs?
 
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