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Old 11-15-2013, 12:07 PM
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My Amsoil and filter are on the way, can you all help me out and let me know exactly what tools I need for the oil change. Socket size? Do i need a filter socket? Thanks.
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just remember you a draining 7 qts...takes a large drain pan. Its pretty simple.
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I have changed my own oil in my other vehicles before, just wondering what size socket i need and how hard it is to get the filter off by hand or if you need a special wrench/tool. I have not been under the Ram yet.
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I can't recall the exact socket size, but its a common one in most socket sets.
If this is your first change, I hope you have a filter wrench handy because they use Optimus Prime to screw the filters on at the factory. Even with my filter wrench I nearly needed a breaker bar to loosen it.
the large drain pan is not a joke, either. It's a lot of fluid to deal with.
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I had to pierce the filter with a screw driver to get the filter off. Didn't have a wrench that would budge it.
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Wow. No this is not the first change for the Ram, just for me doing it myself. Got it with 24k miles 4 months ago. Dealer did other few changes. Thanks for the replies. I have a nice size drain tub, since i have the clearance guess i'll get a bigger one just to be safe and make it easier to move when full.
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The factory puts the filters on when the motor and filter are cold.
Then when you warm the motor up to operating temps to do the first oil change,the gasket expands from the heat.
If you're doing the very first oil change on a new vechicle try cracking the filter loose first while the motors cold,then just barely re-snug it to warm the engine up.
It usually helps on that first ugly filter change
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I would recommend an oil filter wrench that fits to a socket wrench along with a socket wrench extension of at least 3", 6" I prefer.
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Sounds good Hermes1. Thanks all. This is not the factory filter so it might not be crazy tight but the break it loose then snug and then warm up engine idea still sounds good.
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usually a 13 mm socket for oil plug...look into the Amsoil bypass filters too and your oil change intervals could be once a year like mine...

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