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I typically change my own oil and fluids. Do you guys hand tighten your oil filter on the Viper? On my vette, hand tight was not good enough - it was loosen after a hard drive and required tightening with wrench.

Also which brand do you recommend? I am currently use Mopar.

Thanks in advance.
 

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I hand tighten my filters. Never had any problems after hard drives or track days.

I never had to tighten filters on my C4 Vette either. Is wrench tightening recommended by the service manual?

Brad
 

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Ok - hand tighten it is. Do you guys also fill the filter with oil and line it the gasket with oil?
 

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I add oil to the filter before installing, however, once in a while I don't, just to make sure the oil pressure gauge works. When you first fire the engine up, you should see no oil pressure for about 2 to 5 seconds.
 

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Why would you do that? The oil pressure gauge will move around during different driving conditions. Why purposely run low/no presuure during one of the most critical times - start up?????
 

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sbkim said:
Ok - hand tighten it is. Do you guys also fill the filter with oil and line it the gasket with oil?
Not trying to be a smart ass, but have you ever changed any engine oil & filter before??? :rolleyes:
 

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Yes, been doing this for about 8yrs now. I agree I prob didn't need to ask the last question... however, wasn't sure if there was a special procedure for just hand tightening - ie. not using any lubrication on the seal so it wouldn't come loose. I just had a bad expereince with filter coming loose on the C5. Sorry for asking...
 

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Uncle Jed said:
sbkim said:
Ok - hand tighten it is. Do you guys also fill the filter with oil and line it the gasket with oil?
Not trying to be a smart ass, but have you ever changed any engine oil & filter before??? :rolleyes:
Jeez, don't get on him for this, it's important for people to get this right!

To sbkim, I am no expert, but I:
1. hand tighten - and have had no problems
2. use Mobil 1 oil and filter
3. fill the filter before installing it
4. line the gasket on the filter with new oil with my finger before installing the filter
 

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slaughterj said:
Uncle Jed said:
sbkim said:
Ok - hand tighten it is. Do you guys also fill the filter with oil and line it the gasket with oil?
Not trying to be a smart ass, but have you ever changed any engine oil & filter before??? :rolleyes:
Jeez, don't get on him for this, it's important for people to get this right!

To sbkim, I am no expert, but I:
1. hand tighten - and have had no problems
2. use Mobil 1 oil and filter
3. fill the filter before installing it
4. line the gasket on the filter with new oil with my finger before installing the filter
I wasn't ragging on him, just checking.

Just for the record, I changed the oil in one of my old beaters (back in the days of my youth) & when I piulled the filter off, I didn't realize that the old rubber gasket had stuck to the block.....until I started the engine. I noticed the oil light didn't go out after a couple seconds of the engine running & shut it off. It was then that I looked under the car to see all the fresh oil pouring out into the street. /images/graemlins/shocked

Keep that in mind when changing your filter....make sure the old gasket came off with the filter. :nod:
 

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slaughterj - thank you. I don't want to ask stupid questions but I guess you can't be too careful with our cars. Again, thanks for reconfirming.

uncle jed - great advice!
 

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I have always tightened 3/4 with a wrench after hand tight on every model I have owned over 24 yrs. I would be afraid that with heat cycles the filter would work its way loose. (My own experience not to say it is right or wrong)
It definately will not hurt as long as you do not go much past 3/4 of a turn with a wrench.

Andy
 
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