(raises hand sheepishly) I bought FRAM for my Alfa once or twice, they're marketed as though they are the best on the face of the earth. I knew they were crap, but not this badI cant beleive that all this time I've been using FRAM!
I guess I always got taken by the higher price and the bright orange color. Any one else willing to admit the same or am I the only gullable consumer on the BB?
I use that one - the 20020 IIRC and what a PITA to get off. I haven't gotten around yet oafter 2 years) to find a wrench that will fit its 4 1/4" diameter and for the last 2 changes, had to resort to the "poking holes in it with a screwdriver " method to get it off.I was using the Puralator oil filter for a while, it's real BIG which is a plus.
I've never found an oil filter that gave me any trouble when using a huge pair of channel locks to remove it. You just sorta crush it a bit in the process. I got a set at Harbor Freight some years ago for like $8. They are about 16 inches long with jaws that can open about 5-6 inches. They do fit in the Alfa engine bay. And you don't have to move them very far to loosen it. Heck, they even fit in the engine bay on my old '78 Saab 99 Turbo and that motor was shoe-horned in there.I use a Purolator L20020...available from my local Pep Boys. It's nice and big. Makes it a little harder to get off, but not undoable.