Seems like this has been a problem for lots of people. Guess the factory mechanics are trained to worry more about liability than customer satisfaction - what a concept.
I'm doing a late first oil change. Only 75 hr in 3 years, but don't want to wait for 100 even though the oil is almost as clear as new. (On my previous tractor, the oil would be black a few hours after a change, even after 300 hours - loose rings?) I have some old Rotella T, which should help complete the break-in.
Now - how to remove the old filter? I have the kind of filter wrench that has a strip of spring steel and a self-locking handle about 8" long. Took the side panel off for access, and it's just possible to reach in with the loader bucket on the floor. There are two angles around the filter were I can get about a 2" swing on the wrench. But though pretty strong, I can't budge the filter.
Would it be easier with the engine hot? My previous experience is that heat swells o-rings, making removal harder - so I would loosen the filter slightly before warming the tractor for an oil change.
Any other tricks? Stick a small crowbar through the filter and twist on that? There doesn't seem to be room for a pipe wrench, and I have no other obvious tool choices here. Is there some kind of filter wrench that drops in on top and takes a 1/2" breaker bar? Will I have to pay for a dealer service this time?
Thanks for any help!