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Old 08-29-2013, 09:19 PM
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They need to do what they did on the new chargers. The oil filter is on the top of the engine and is the cartridge type. Easy to change and no spilling.
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We should count ourselves lucky. Some cars require removing components [skid plates with Torx bolts] just to access the engine oil filter and some will have your hand/arms looking like you just walked out of a bar brawl. Read: 1999 Honda Civic, 1985 Honda Accord and 1998 Toyota Supra come to immediate mind.

The top mounted engine oil filter is a common Subaru thing of late and older BMW's did it too, but I have NFC why.... ? I'm sure there are others.

Must be a ground clearance issue or maybe just an ease of access thing.... dunno'.



Personally - and as long as they're not a major PITA and you don't need the arm/hand width of a 5YR old - I'm a fan of bottom mounted oil filters for the most part. You're killing two birds with a single stone while changing your oil too whilst under there. I also like the pre-fill feature of bottom mounted oil filters with a top-facing mouth. Trying doing that with a top mounted oil filter with a bottom-facing mouth.

Not gonna' be pretty....
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We should count ourselves lucky. Some cars require removing components [skid plates with Torx bolts] just to access the engine oil filter and some will have your hand/arms looking like you just walked out of a bar brawl. Read: 1999 Honda Civic, 1985 Honda Accord and 1998 Toyota Supra come to immediate mind.

The top mounted engine oil filter is a common Subaru thing of late and older BMW's did it too, but I have NFC why.... ? I'm sure there are others.

Must be a ground clearance issue or maybe just an ease of access thing.... dunno'.



Personally - and as long as they're not a major PITA and you don't need the arm/hand width of a 5YR old - I'm a fan of bottom mounted oil filters for the most part. You're killing two birds with a single stone while changing your oil too whilst under there. I also like the pre-fill feature of bottom mounted oil filters with a top-facing mouth. Trying doing that with a top mounted oil filter with a bottom-facing mouth.

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Paper plate with high ridges. Put some tape on the underside to stick it in place, then unscrew the filter and place it on the paper. After a minute or so put the new filter in place and carefully remove the old filter and paper plate.

I change my oil without spilling a drop.

**I have also changed my oil and forgot to put the oil catch under the pan when I got the drain plug out - so ya know, it's a learning experience through life
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**I have also changed my oil and forgot to put the oil catch under the pan when I got the drain plug out - so ya know, it's a learning experience through life
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A Kroger ice cream 1/2 gallon bucket works perfect. Put a couple paper towels in bottom of bucket to keep splashing down, let filter sit in bucket as the rest of oil drains from oil filter housing. Bucket sits on top of rack and leans against frame rail.
Works perfect with no mess or oil on your hands.
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I go to Jiffy Lube. With their coupons it doesn't cost much more than buying 7 quarts and a filter myself and dealing with the hassle. I used to change the oil on all my vehicles but it go to be a PITA. I did have a car with the filter in the hood so I used a MityVac to suck the oil out through the dip stick. That might work on a Ram to avoid such a mess when removing the filter. It comes in handy when changing the oil on my lawnmower, snowblower, etc so might be worth the investment. I think they're like 50 bucks.
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Punch a hole in the bottom with an awl use an old coffee cup stick it on the filter and spin it off
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You could also punch a small hole in the bottom of the filter first with a punch or screwdriver, just be ready for it, then you can bag it after most of the oil flows out.
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+1 on the baggie deal. I learned it changing the oil on my Cummins. Double gallon sized for that filter. For the Hemi a standard sized, freezer thickness ziplock will do. But be sure the oil has cooled a bit. I have had it leak right out of the bottom when I removed the filter immediately following shut down. (Yes, I laughed at the time because it was so stupid of me ) It's not really the heat alone, but the heat combined with the weight of the filter.
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