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Old 08-29-2013, 10:06 AM
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Is it possible?
I tried the search but found nothing related. I changed oil on my 2010 5.7 hemi this morning and slopped oil out of the filter when I removed it. Between short ground clearance and trying to reach up between engine parts to get at the filter I ended up with oil running down my arm and onto the driveway. Is there a better way of getting the filter off? I'd prefer to do my own changes, but not if I'm gonna be spilling oil all over the place each time.

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Old 08-29-2013, 10:38 AM
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We all feel your pain and this is a common complaint and there are several threads on various solutions. One of the popular solutions is to loosen the oil filter then place a plastic bag up and around the filter, which you will grasp at the same time un-screwing the filter. Other solutions involve placing cardboard, rubber mats etc. over the suspension components so the errant oil drains into your pan. Personally, I have found yes there is a mess, but not enough I cannot wipe it clean fairly quickly. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:44 AM
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another solution would be to get an oil filter relocation kit and mount it somewhere easy to get to and flat, i dont know what kind of kits they make for the ram pickups but i did just that when i did the 350 swap to my s10
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I usually lay a tarp down with my oil pan on top of it. You can't escape oil being in your filter lol
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:08 AM
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Thanks all.
Next time I'll wrap the filter in a plastic bag. That sounds simple enough. I don't mind oil being in the filter, but I do mind it spilling onto the ground/driveway. Somebody needs to invent a flexible silicone funnel with a long tube that can be used for this. Isolate the warm oil and filter from hands and drains right into the drain pan. Could be bigger than the iphone!

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The plastic bag and oil filter combo works very well.
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I'm a few thousand miles away from it, but that's my plan for next oil change.

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Yes the plastic bag seems to be the way to go. Amazing how the simplest products can do the best job
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Plastic bag it is, then. Yes, it does work well.
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I made a tray out of tin, 12" long, 6" wide & 1" tall end & sides. it fits in just under filter & drains into drain pan. I also have a can of brakleen handy to clean up any mess I make.
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