I got the oil filter off but it won't clear the frame bracket

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Feb 11, 2023
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What engine do you have?
V6 engine
What year is your Sport Trac?
What Generation is your Sport Trac?
2n Gen Owner
Has this happened to anyone before? On my 07 4x4 V6, I got the filter loose but it is bumping into a frame bracket and it needs about another 1/8 inch or so to clear the threads and come out. I changed it once before, but then my mechanic changed it when he did some major valve work and such, and now I cannot get the filter to clear the bracket. I'm attaching a picture.


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Update...by forcing it to turn and scrape along the frame bracket, and then by hitting it with a hammer, it finally cleared the threads and popped out. Now I've got the new filter going (and I noticed that it is a few millimeters shorter or maybe has a shorter "crown") and now it's stuck at the same place. I really don't want to bang on the new filter. Could my engine have "dropped" in its mounts?
Update No. 2...I got the new filter on by taking a Dremel and grinding away about 1/16-inch of the motor mount bracket. Then it went right on. I guess my motor mount has shifted and blocked the filter. Let me know if this has happened to anyone else.

The funny thing is today I was showing my son how to change his own oil. "Ten minutes!" I boasted. I quit looking at the clock after two hours. :confused:
Look at this way, if youve had a shop change your oil+filter, youd likely never been aware of the motor mount problem until some real damage had happened.

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