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    What size socket do I need to remove the oil filter cap, local diesel mechanic thinks its 27mm 6 point and not 12 point this mechanic only works on trucks, any help would be appreciated thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scarfjoin View Post
    What size socket do I need to remove the oil filter cap, local diesel mechanic thinks its 27mm 6 point and not 12 point this mechanic only works on trucks, any help would be appreciated thanks in advance.
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    The filter cap is indeed a 6 point 27mm size. You can use a 12 point socket on it, of course.

    It shouldn't be done up too tight. From memory, it's around 25Nm, but it is written on the cap.
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    Icon4 Get a six point socket

    A 12 point will run the risk of ripping the corners off it. I gave up on doing mine the first time because I only had a 12 point. Mechanic says they are fine with 6 point so I have made the big investment for next time.

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    Thanks Ken W, thats what the diesel mechanic said about the 12point socket, I have been quoted $6.90 exploit brand up to $119.00 for some unknown brand 6point the only info I got was that is a shallow 27 mm, local auto parts dont carry 6 point sockets, any other advice as to who sells 6 point 27mm would be appreciated.
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    Gee I remember doing one of these on a Series 2 C5 a few years ago and I think we carefully used a 27mm open ended spanner. The cover is not "apprentice tight" so should come off fairly easily.
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    airtools are 6 point

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC206 View Post
    The filter cap is indeed a 6 point 27mm size. You can use a 12 point socket on it, of course.

    It shouldn't be done up too tight. From memory, it's around 25Nm, but it is written on the cap.
    its plastic so absolutely no no way 12 point

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    My plastic oil filter cap has survived eight removals and eight refittings with a 12 point 27mm socket and it's still the same as the day I first bought the car.

    I find it weird that people on this forum actively advocate welding up dodgy tools to undo sump plugs but then get all prissy about a very low torque plastic filter housing

    Still, if one is going to be a butcher with tools, it won't matter which tool they use!
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    The one I tried and was not game to go on with using a 12 point socket was the diesel fuel filter housing. It was too tight for a 12 point socket. There is a ridge in the fuel filter cap that stops you getting the full purchase on the hex outline.

    I have now bought a 6 point half inch drive impact socket from trade tools for less than $20 that I am sure will do the job OK. I might even grind some slots in it so that the ridge is accommodated OK.

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