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I'm on -100 for service at 44k. Am I really to drive 1 hr to either of the nearest dealerships just to get a filter. It's been two years. Does any auto parts place carry them yet???? Maybe I'll just hose the old one out. :p

update: found the filter, where's the 36mm sprocket??? see below for where i've tried.

btw: there's a chinese filter with the corrrect part number that doesn't fit. terry syther has photos of it on his site. i spent a portion of today sweatin the one i have as it looks very similar.

I'll find out when i find a shallow 36mm or 1 7/16" socket
 

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jeeze guys! 2 years the mini's been in the US. time for maintenance parts to be stocked by schmo auto parts stores.

my MINI's been serviced as perscribed.
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where the heck for the derned shallow 32mm 1 7/16" sprocket? That' s the question.
Not sears, home dept, auto zone, advance auto, napa or car quest.
 

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ah griot's. but is this going to work on our canister? have you tried it? It kind of makes sense that it would. Does this mean I can use any filter wrench i find today, instead of a 32mm for which i've looked high and low?
 

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You can spend a ton of money on the correct one (socket, not sprocket :). or cut a long one in half, for very little money.

I'll try and dig up the link to the correct one.

And you can easily buy the filters from a dealer like Classic that ship parts, though it seems you've already found a supplier.
 

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Here's the thread on either using the sears socket or buying the correct one:
http://www.mini2.com/forum/showthread.php?t=45323&highlight=36mm+socket

And its a 36mm socket, which is probably why you didn't find any info about it looking for 32.

Another thread said it cost $3 for a machine shop to cut down a standard 36mm, but then you still have to use the 1/2 ratchet. Though obehave aparently has used the normal depth 36mm craftsman one.
 

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Necessity is the mother of destruction

My favorite method to remove an old oil filter when the proper tool was not available was to stab it in the side with a large screw driver, which then became a convenient handle for removal.
 

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oldpaint1 said:
My favorite method to remove an old oil filter when the proper tool was not available was to stab it in the side with a large screw driver, which then became a convenient handle for removal.
Might not want to try that in this case though. Could be very expensive.

Done the screwdriver thing though :rolleyes:
 

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obehave said:
Might not want to try that in this case though. Could be very expensive.

Done the screwdriver thing though :rolleyes:
I have proper tools now.
 

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I now have a 1/2" deep 36mm socket to fit a 1/2" drive. Unshortened, the socket cleared just enough to loosen the cover a quarter turn before the opposing plastic wall reversed the rachet and prevented further access.
 

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I have great reservations about someone who does not know the difference between a 32 mm "sproket" and a 36mm socket working on mechanical devices that might be on the road when I drive by.

Order some replacement oil filters from the dealer in bulk, and take one with you to a quick oil change place. If they exist where you live.

The thought of you up under a car held up by god knows what honking on the drain plug with a sprocket scares me to death!
 

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I've read on this forum about a chain that did not have a tool to fit the filter housing. They changed the oil free of charge.

Nah. Now that I have the tools and a solid local source for filters (Classic MINI if I want bulk), I feel quite confident in my abilities over those of any Speedy Lube's teenage crew. I have a feeling my second change will not be nearly as frustrating as my first...

And Joe - I've edited the first post. I was wondering where i was getting all this 32mm razzing from. :)
 

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ah griot's. but is this going to work on our canister? have you tried it? It kind of makes sense that it would. Does this mean I can use any filter wrench i find today, instead of a 32mm for which i've looked high and low?
Yes I bought the the wrench from Griot's and it works perfectly.
 

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I found mine at Sears. For the longest time, it lived in the cup holder (quite a conversation starter for new passengers).
Word to that. Craftsman, 1/2" drive. I paid $7 for it, went home and worked like a charm. No extension needed! :cool:
 
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