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Old 08-10-2013, 10:01 PM
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Default 3.6L engine cover removal?

Just did an oil change on my 2013 ram 1500 4x4 3.6l engine. Removing the oil filter would have been a bit easier if I could remove the plastic engine cover says( has 3.6L on it).

How do you remove it? I tried puling up firmly ion various locations, no luck.
Also I noticed a vacuum line near the oil filter with a plastic fitting which was not connected to anything. It looked like a black plastic connector that usually goes to a PVC valve. Anyone else notice this?

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Just went through the same thing.........

Thought I broke my truck.......

I couldn't see an easy way to pull the cover, so I left it on. Doable, but tight.

When I got finished, I saw that plastic fitting. I figured I obviously pulled it out, while messing with the filter.

I spent a bit of time trying to find out where it went. There are absolutely no open plugs, within the reach of that hose fitting. Plus mine had a clip that held it to another hose... that minimized it's reach, again, nothing within reach to plug it in.

If it pulled out of somewhere, I couldn't find it... and I looked hard! I left it where I found it and the truck's been running fine, no codes....

I want to buy a shop manual, I just can't find a printed version and I don't like the digital manuals...


OP, you are not alone

I too would love to know the trick to pulling the cover......

If someone can confirm that fitting goes no where, I'd love to hear that too...
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:25 PM
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Thanks Hattitude

anyone else?
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:17 AM
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So, I assume the filter can will clear the cover without removal but I see like you guys have said that it is awfully tight. We have a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the same motor and there is a access door which makes removal and installation easy. Now finding it when one doesn't know the filter is on top of the engine is a whole different monster.
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I haven't actually seem the Pentastar in the Ram but if it is anything like the Wrangler one, there are two mounting points in the middle/front and two "hinge" clips on the back. Lift up to disengage the front part of the cover and then pull forward to disengage the back.

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thanks for the replies, but it is not like the Wrangler cover. I do not see hinges. I even looked under the cover using a mirror and cannot see any attachment points. I guess there there but I pulled it up very hard in numerous locations with no success.

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Just did an oil change on my 2013 ram 1500 4x4 3.6l engine. Removing the oil filter would have been a bit easier if I could remove the plastic engine cover says( has 3.6L on it).

How do you remove it? I tried puling up firmly ion various locations, no luck.
Also I noticed a vacuum line near the oil filter with a plastic fitting which was not connected to anything. It looked like a black plastic connector that usually goes to a PVC valve. Anyone else notice this?

The cover is actually part and parcel with the air intake system going from the air filter box to the intake manifold.

First remove the 2 large hose clamps on either end. Then unplug the electric fitting and the hose fitting. Next, reach to the back of the cover and, pulling up, dislodge the cover from the 2 rubber-mounted pins that hold it in place. Then from the front of the truck pull the whole operation forward, removing it from the intake manifold and at the same time it will dislodge itself from the air filter connection. Take it to the bench, turn it upside down and you'll see how the whole thing is made.

I've attached several pics to show you what this looks like.

It's fairly simple to remove this cover once you see how it works but it's much more difficult to replace. I needed to get one leg right inside the engine compartment and with some effort got it back into position. I'm sure the next time it will be easier. However, if I can possibly get the oil filter replaced without having to take the cover off that's the simpler way to go.

I haven't had to replace the filter yet as the unit has only 800 km to date. It came with the 3.21 rear end and at present is delivering 8.9L/100km
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You beat me to it. Just checked my truck out today and came the conclusion that it was one piece with the air hat thing. Sure is ugly. I know the engine isnt much to look at but that plastic junk is icing on the cake. Thanks for taking the time to snap some pics!
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The cover is actually part and parcel with the air intake system going from the air filter box to the intake manifold.

First remove the 2 large hose clamps on either end. Then unplug the electric fitting and the hose fitting. Next, reach to the back of the cover and, pulling up, dislodge the cover from the 2 rubber-mounted pins that hold it in place. Then from the front of the truck pull the whole operation forward, removing it from the intake manifold and at the same time it will dislodge itself from the air filter connection. Take it to the bench, turn it upside down and you'll see how the whole thing is made.

I've attached several pics to show you what this looks like.

It's fairly simple to remove this cover once you see how it works but it's much more difficult to replace. I needed to get one leg right inside the engine compartment and with some effort got it back into position. I'm sure the next time it will be easier. However, if I can possibly get the oil filter replaced without having to take the cover off that's the simpler way to go.

I haven't had to replace the filter yet as the unit has only 800 km to date. It came with the 3.21 rear end and at present is delivering 8.9L/100km


Thanks for the info..... been dying to figure this out and it had me stumped. I just wouldn't believe it was part of the air intake system, even thought that is what it looked like....

Thanks again!
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The oil filter comes out fine without removing the cover. It is a snug fit but not difficult. Pics Here
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