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Old 06-27-2013, 02:21 PM
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One of my pet peeves is changing the oil filter the first time.

I've owned the following vehicles that the filters were badly over tightened from the factory. 1986 Dodge Charger, 1996 Concord, 2000 300M, 2005 300C, 1994 Dodge Ram, 1998 Dodge Ram, 2007 Dodge Ram, and last but not least, a 2010 Dodge Challenger.

When I did the 2005 300C I finally lost it and quit in the middle of the change before I drained the oil, fired off one pi$$ed of e-mail to Chrysler, and demanded a free oil change, which they did. You would have thought I would have learned, but I did the filter on my Challenger and I ended up having to use a giant pair of channel locks working through the wheel well with the front tire removed to get it off.

When we bought a 2011 300C I took it to a quicke lube place and watched the guy do it. He had to add a piece of pipe to the end of the wrench to get it off. After the first oil change its almost always easy.

A couple words of caution, once you drive a screwdriver through the filter, your commited, you have to get the filter off since you can't drive it anymore. I have had this method work and I've had it fail. They make a filter wrench that has some jaws that clamp tighter as you turn it. It fits on the end of a 3/8 drive ratchet. This is the best style. The next best is the ones that fit over the end of the filter like a socket.
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