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How to make a homemade oil filter wrench

Updated February 21, 2017

Changing the oil in your car regularly will increase its lifespan. One way to save money on this project is to do the job yourself. The process is very simple and can be done in your driveway with some common tools. The only specialised tool you require is an oil filter wrench. This is used to loosen the oil filter from its housing. Making your own oil filter wrench is easy with an old leather belt.

Clean the dirt and oil from the filter housing with a spray degreaser and a rag.

Hold the belt latch on the filter and wrap the leather strap around the filter going right to left.

Thread the leather strap through the latch and tighten around the oil filter.

Pull the strap to remove the filter. Remember the old saying "Lefty loosy, righty tighty."

Things You'll Need

  • Leather belt
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Bob White began his writing career in 2006. Working in sales, he was a technical writer tasked with responding to requests for proposal. White has a Bachelor of Arts in computer science and a diploma in home inspection. He has also worked in construction, landscaping and the pool industry for more than 15 years.