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Old 02-07-2012, 12:10 PM   #1
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1973 R75/5 oil filter o-ring still in engine?

FIXED!!!!!!!!! THANKS.....AL

I'm changing oil filter for first time in my wife's new(to us) 1973 R75/5.

I took out the filter and the o-rings on the filter looked crushed.

I looked inside and I see what looks to be an o-ring in the back around the tube.

Is that supposed to be there?

Is it worth trying to fish it out?

It looks to be a real PITA to get it out.

I did some research and found that the older filters did not come with o-ring attached like the one i'm putting in.

Could someone have left an old o-ring in?

The filter I took out also had them on both ends.

Both filters are OX35.

Thanks...Al

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Old 02-07-2012, 12:21 PM   #2
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The filters once came with out the O-rings attached, you had to add them. Now the filters all come with the O-rings as part of the element but they often come off and get left behind when you remove one. Good for you, noticing that the O-ring is inside. This is common. You can get the O-ring out by reaching inside with a wire that you bend a hook in the end of. Something thinner than coat hanger wire if you have it but the coat hanger will also work, might sharpen the hook end a tiny bit. Hook the O-ring and withdraw. It'll slip off a couple times but you will get it out.

Add new wire tool to your tool collection.

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Old 02-07-2012, 12:23 PM   #3
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yes. get it out. it's worthwhile.
also somewhat challenging.

I used safety wire, doubled & twisted, bent a hook on the end.
easier if you have two otherwise you'll be 'walking' it out.

you could use a metal coathanger to fashion something similar.


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Old 02-07-2012, 01:53 PM   #4
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I took a flat barbeque skewer, bent the end @ 90 degrees to grab the o-ring....no problemo...
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:35 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone for taking the time to answer my question.

I took some baling wire and fashioned a hook and walked it out!!! ......Al

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Old 02-07-2012, 04:55 PM   #6
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:05 PM   #7
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:29 PM   #8
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Those small narrow forceps, medical kind, can sometimes work but they are usually too wide at the finger grip end. I found a different kind of those at the surplus store one day. The finger end slides instead of working like pliers. They were just long enough to fit inside. They worked. But the sliding joint end started coming apart and now I have to be careful with them. They will not last much longer. I carry them in my on board tool kit.

Good thing you noticed the O-ring. I hear this can cause oil problems.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:13 PM   #9
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Back when we'd make an oil filter tool from a coathanger. 6" long, put a 3/16" hook on one end and a ring (to grab on to) on the other. When changing the oil filter, use the hook to grab the filter out of the cannister and also to snag the o-ring left behind. That separate o-ring hasn't been used for, what, 30 years now?

Secondary use was to use as a dipstick for checking the driveshaft oil level (back when we checked it).

Still got mine in the toolkit...
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Those small narrow forceps, medical kind, can sometimes work but they are usually too wide at the finger grip end. I found a different kind of those at the surplus store one day. The finger end slides instead of working like pliers. They were just long enough to fit inside. They worked. But the sliding joint end started coming apart and now I have to be careful with them. They will not last much longer. I carry them in my on board tool kit.

Good thing you noticed the O-ring. I hear this can cause oil problems.

I had an assortment of them for a different use way back when in my dope smok'in days.......now they're part of my tool kit instead of hidden away...
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