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Metal filter cap with a 3/8 drive ratchet did the trick on my first oil change. The cap was effective in not slipping while ""encouraging" the filter to loosen. I think they put the filters on dry hence the first removal problem. I learned to use a little USED oil to wet the new filter seal and it will come off much easier next time. And yes, the original filter did leave the rubber seal behind on the filter mount. Glad I checked before putting the new filter on.

I like the idea of using the gallon ziplock bag for the next change. That will save most of the mess. The hardest part of the oil change was cleaning up the spilled oil so it wouldn't drip all over the driveway and shop
Still trying to understand how to use the gallon ziplock bag
I'll be doing my own oil change for the first time on my ram. So reading this is giving me the chills of what to expect
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If you don't like the current oil filter location get you an oil filter relocation kit. Then you can put the oil filter in a convenient location. If you are worried about your warranty check out the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
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I had my oil changed for the first time at the dealer the other day. $82. Ouch. Think I'll do them myself after that. I asked the dealership if they recommended Synthetic and they said no, Dodge recommends conventional oil.
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Still trying to understand how to use the gallon ziplock bag
I'll be doing my own oil change for the first time on my ram. So reading this is giving me the chills of what to expect
Can someone help me understand this?
Or what's the best way to get the oil from making a mess on my garage floor as I'll be doing it this weekend?
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Can someone help me understand this?
Or what's the best way to get the oil from making a mess on my garage floor as I'll be doing it this weekend?
What I do is to get a 1-gallon zip lock bag and a piece of duct tape.. Tape one side to the oil pan a couple inches from the top of the filter. This is important because you want to have room to get your hand up there to spin the filter off and still get it into the bag. Then break the filter loose. Once it is loose, I turn it until the oil starts to ooze from the filter. Then I grab the loose end of the bag and spin the filter off with the bag positioned around the filter loosely. Be a little careful that you don't drop the filter too fast, or it'll splash oil around.
I'll take pics on my next oil change but I'm not due until next month.
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What I do is to get a 1-gallon zip lock bag and a piece of duct tape.. Tape one side to the oil pan a couple inches from the top of the filter. This is important because you want to have room to get your hand up there to spin the filter off and still get it into the bag. Then break the filter loose. Once it is loose, I turn it until the oil starts to ooze from the filter. Then I grab the loose end of the bag and spin the filter off with the bag positioned around the filter loosely. Be a little careful that you don't drop the filter too fast, or it'll splash oil around.
I'll take pics on my next oil change but I'm not due until next month.
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You're using it as a splash guard and to redirect the oil down to the oil pan, right?

If that is the case, I have one of those funnels with a tube thats about 1.5 feet long that I can direct to the oil pan.
Im guessing this will work, unless the amount of oil dripping down is greater than what can actually pass through the 1.5" tube....

Am I correct in my statement or solution above?
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This helps!
You're using it as a splash guard and to redirect the oil down to the oil pan, right?

If that is the case, I have one of those funnels with a tube thats about 1.5 feet long that I can direct to the oil pan.
Im guessing this will work, unless the amount of oil dripping down is greater than what can actually pass through the 1.5" tube....

Am I correct in my statement or solution above?
I don't use it as a splash guard. I catch the oil and filter in the bag. Then I dump it in the oil container. I hate making a mess in the garage, as well so I also have a fumoto valve in the oil pan so I can drain it without removing the drain bolt. I just attach a hose, flip the valve and drain. No mess. You can get one of those at qwikvalve.com

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I don't use it as a splash guard. I catch the oil and filter in the bag. Then I dump it in the oil container. I hate making a mess in the garage, as well so I also have a fumoto valve in the oil pan so I can drain it without removing the drain bolt. I just attach a hose, flip the valve and drain. No mess. You can get one of those at qwikvalve.com
Gotcha....Now it makes perfect sense.
1 gallon zip lock can catch all the oil?
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Gotcha....Now it makes perfect sense.
1 gallon zip lock can catch all the oil?
It does. Just be careful getting it out. Hot oil can make a mess if you don't pay attention. Trust me. LOL
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