40600 5d9760c1e8ad9

Tool Review: Lisle 7-pc Offset Filter Wrench Set

Feb. 6, 2020
The reviewer was impressed by the simple usability and convenient storage case of this tool set.

When performing an oil change on a vehicle with a cartridge-style oil filter, a specialty socket or wrench is required to remove the oil filter cover and gain access to the filter itself. When that cover is tucked away in an area of the engine that is difficult to reach, however, the process becomes more challenging. The Lisle 7-pc Offset Filter Wrench Set was designed to eliminate that challenge.

“On certain cars, it's a lifesaver,” says Matt Fanslow, shop manager at Riverside Automotive in Red Wing, Minnesota. “[The Lisle Offset Filter Wrench Set] saves a tremendous amount of time.”

Fanslow says the technicians at Riverside were skeptical when they first received the set, not knowing if they would find it useful. But after performing oil changes on several Mini Coopers, notorious for their difficult-to-reach oil filter position, they were sold.

“We've got a shared toolbox the shop owns, and all the stuff inside it is specialty tools, and this is in the top drawer because they use it a lot,” Fanslow says. “We have other kits that have a couple of the offset wrenches, but the [Riverside technicians] grab [the Lisle set]. They're not grabbing the other ones.”

The offset filter wrench set comes in a blow molded case with a nice latch to hold it closed, Fanslow notes, adding that both the wrenches and the slots in the case are marked with sizes so each one has a designated spot. The outside of the case features a picture of what the wrenches are used for, as well as a list of vehicles they can be used on.

“It's little stuff like that that we probably take for granted, but every little bit saves a little bit of time and keeps things organized,” he says.

Riverside Automotive is laid out in separate sections, Fanslow explains, and should another section of the shop have the need, he would gladly purchase another set of Lisle offset filter wrenches.

“We like that they're not overly-complicated, but they're built to do the task,” he says. “It's enough to do the job, it's not overkill. It does what it needs to do, and the price point is great ... if one of our other sections is starting to do more and more oil changes, we'll just buy another [set], we won't even hesitate.”

Fanslow had only positive things to say about the Lisle 7-pc Offset Filter Wrench Set, and the same can be said for the other technicians at Riverside Automotive.

“I grab [the set] and I see that it's got oily handprints all over it and it's been used,” he says. “I went around and asked everybody about it, and they say, ‘oh, that thing's great.’”

About the Author

David Brierley | Editor | Fleet Maintenance

David Brierley is a former editor of Fleet Maintenance magazine.

Brierley’s education and career have been based in the publishing industry. He is an award-winning writer and comes from a background in automotive, trucking, and heavy equipment. Brierley joined the Endeavor Business Media vehicle repair group in 2017 as managing editor for Fleet Maintenance, PTEN, and Professional Distributor magazines, as well as VehicleServicePros.com. In his current role, he writes for and oversees production of Fleet Maintenance magazine. He has worked in the publishing industry since 2011.

Sponsored Recommendations

The Technician’s Guide for Mastering DPF Regens

Become a regen expert today! Equip yourself with the skills necessary to recognize when a forced regen is the correct procedure to maximize the lifespan of your filter and keep...

Report: The 2024 State of Heavy-Duty Repair

From capitalizing on the latest revenue trends to implementing strategic financial planning—this report serves as a roadmap for navigating the challenges and opportunities of ...

Fleet Industry Benchmarks: How does your fleet stack up?

Discover how your fleet compares to industry benchmarks and gain insights from a 2024 Benchmarking Report on maintenance spend, turnaround time, and more. Join us to identify ...

Reducing CSA Violations & Increasing Safety With Advanced Trailer Telematics

Keep the roads safer with advanced trailer telematics. In this whitepaper, see how you can gain insights that lead to increased safety and reduced roadside incidents—keeping drivers...