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Old 03-30-2013, 11:08 PM   #13
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I tried hammering on a 9/32 and a 7mm and they wouldn't go on. I can't really get any extractors in the bolt because it is too tucked away, and I don't feel like buying long drill bits that I might break. Also can't get any purchase on the clamp with bolt cutters :-(

So I started cutting the bracket with a hacksaw blade to it is too slow. My plan now is to put a little cut off wheel on a dremel at work and slowly cut through the bracket. Then once the filter is out of the way I'll be able to work on the bolt more easily. Or maybe I'll just leave it and hold the new filter with zip ties...

Whoever said changing the fuel filter is easier than changing the oil must have lived in Mexico or something
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