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How tight for the oil filter?


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How tight do you do up your oil filter?

For me, I snug it up and then back it off slightly, so I know it's made contact with the gasket but not so tight that I won't be able to get it off. I know you are supposed to tighten it until it makes contact then go around again 3/4 but to me that's over doing it.

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I put clean oil on the top surface of the seal area, spin it on until it makes initial contact with the cleaned block ( yes, I wipe it down with my last clean rag) tighten it with just my fingers and then snug it another 1/2 turn with my wrist.... which works out to tight-enough-to remove-with-difficulty when you change it..... unless you're using Mobil1 filters.... in which case 1 full turn after initial contact, no more than that.

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I put clean oil on the top surface of the seal area, spin it on until it makes initial contact with the cleaned block ( yes, I wipe it down with my last clean rag) tighten it with just my fingers and then snug it another 1/2 turn with my wrist.... which works out to tight-enough-to remove-with-difficulty when you change it..... unless you're using Mobil1 filters.... in which case 1 full turn after initial contact, no more than that.

I do pretty much the same thing.

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I put clean oil on the top surface of the seal area, spin it on until it makes initial contact with the cleaned block ( yes, I wipe it down with my last clean rag) tighten it with just my fingers and then snug it another 1/2 turn with my wrist.... which works out to tight-enough-to remove-with-difficulty when you change it..... unless you're using Mobil1 filters.... in which case 1 full turn after initial contact, no more than that.

 

Yup, same here as well

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I just did my second oil change on my wd21. I pull the new gasket off and lube it up and put it back on the filter, clean the mating surface with a rag, fill the filter about 1/3 with oil then just hand tighten it on.

When I did my first oil change on it I didn't clean the surface at all, just removed the old and slapped the new on. It didn't leak even though it was probably a pretty dirty seal(I couldn't see what the hell I was doing).

 

 

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I lube the gasket with a drop or two of oil then tighten it until it makes good contact (starts to snug) then I crank it another 1/4 turn

 

THIS

Has been the standard since the dawn of time.

 

I always check and make sure the old gasket came off with the filter and that's it. Mounting surface should never have been dirty to start with.

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You clean it for the same reason you clean any sealing surface, to ensure a good seal. There should be no reason a head gasket surface is dirty, but I still clean it.

 

I also spray off anywhere the oil dripped, like cross members, with brake cleaner, and starters with contact cleaner. It's a habit I got in to prevent cars from coming back. Otherwise people complain that it leaks after you worked on it, when it's really the fluid dripping off of things. I do the same with all the fluids.

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According to whoever was the jackass that put mine on; turn the damn thing so tight nobody else can get the damn thing off.

 

That's when you need the screwdriver removal technique

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I thought you meant the screwdriver technique like on a diesel. Puncture the filter to let the oil drain out, since there is about a quart in there. That way when you tilt the filter to pull it out, oil doesn't spill everywhere.

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