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    Oil filter install

    Dummy question I know....

    Should the filter be hand tightened or use a wrench? If using a wrench how to I keep from crushing it? I always mangle the filters when I remove them.

    do I need a another new filter?
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    Hand tight with 2 hands, if you use a wrench to put it on you will need a bigger one to take it off..
    I have no problem with the dents in that filter...


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    Smear a thin layer of fresh oil on the sealing rubber surface, then install the filter.

    Hand tighten until 1.5 grunts is about right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Smear a thin layer of fresh oil on the sealing rubber surface, then install the filter.

    Hand tighten until 1.5 grunts is about right.
    so at 2.0 grunts do you blow a load in your shorts ? lol just sayin. I use a small oil filter wrench and snug it a little tighter than hand tight but not Gorilla tight.

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    You get the filter Off??

    Everybody has stories and mine is inspect the old filter and confirm it still has its o-ring attached. When a filter is tight sometimes the don't come off together.

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    Lube the new filter seal with fresh oil turn it on till it contacts the surface. Then turn it another 1/2 to 3/4 turn. That's more than tight enough. Most times you won't need a wrench to remove later either.

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    Thanks guys! Yes...I used oil to lube the new filter.

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    If you have a several internal combustion engines in the house that you do maintenance on, or fuel/water separator filters, its a good practice always try to pre-fill the filter first w/ clean oil, gas etc before installing. If the filter is horizontal just get ready for spillage do the best you can and spin fast.

    (I used old drop ceiling tile when changing oil in the cars to capture the drips, now with 5000 miles between oil changes .... I use my debt card and no more 3 gallons of used oil to turn in...

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    my goto for filter tightening is just using a bit of sandpaper so I can get a good grip on the filter. tighten by hand, then a grunt 1/2 turn

    that's assuming of course I don't have a KN filter on the shelf with the nut on the end of it. ( I usually keep at least 6 on the shelf )

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    A K&N filter is by far the best option. Just be sure and check the box if you buy it at WalMart! Ask me how I know!!!!

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