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Old 08-01-2009, 08:33 PM
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Default Oil Change Fiasco!

Just let me start by saying I've been changing oil in my vehicles for 34 years and only had this happen one other time in 1977.

I picked up an oil filter and 7 quarts of Mobil 1 to change the oil in my Hemi. It all went very smoothly. The only odd thing was that the oil filter was torqued really tight, but I figured that was how the factory did it. I hand tightened the replacement.

I filled up the crankcase, and started it up, and as usual, went around to the front to make sure everything was fine. Oil shooting out everywhere! I shut 'er down and started cleaning up. I then used the oil filter wrench to tighten the filter some more, and the same thing happened!!

Besides the unbelievable mess in the driveway, I'm going to have to have it flat bedded to the dealer - with 850 miles!!

Any ideas??
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what kind of filter?
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did you check the old filter to make sure the old gasket was on the filter and not stuck to the block. ive seen them stick to the block when the filter was removed if it wasnt lubricated when put on , then when the new filter is installed it is literally double gasketed and oil blows outta there like no tomarrow. just take the filter off and double check that.
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yeah i bet it is a double gasket
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My guess is that you have the wrong filter. The 09 Hemi uses a different one than the past trucks. Depending on where you got it, they may not be aware.

What brand and part number are you trying to install? Could be that simple and would save you from towing it to the dealer.

The Mobil 1 filter should be M1-210 .
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The factory filter installed too tight on yours is not unique. I took mine to a shop and they ended up doing the poke the screwdriver through it trick to get it off. The mechanic commented that just about every new Dodge truck has been that way.

And yes I did stand there and watch them put in the 5W-20!
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I bought the Mopar from the dealer when I picked up the truck - and I compared part numbers before I installed it. BUT, I'm going to check right now on the double gasket possibility....
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I bought the Mopar from the dealer when I picked up the truck - and I compared part numbers before I installed it. BUT, I'm going to check right now on the double gasket possibility....
That's EXACTLY what it must be. The gasket is missing from the old filter. I give the whole mess a try again tomorrow. 7 more quarts of oil is still cheaper than a tow...

I just hope the new filter didn't get messed up...

And BTW, THANK YOU ALL FOR LEADING ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!! Now that I think back, when this happened on a Toyota Corona back in '77, it was the exact same issue. Keep your fingers crossed for me tomorrow!

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If it isn't on the filter then you probably found your problem. Like you said, more oil will be cheaper than the tow. Hopefully you'll get it all straightened out tomorrow. Good luck!
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Sorry, one more question. Can I just take the filter off and deal with the oil coming out of there, or do I need to drain the oil pan again with whatever's left over from my first try? I'm thinking since the filter isn't really near the pan, I can just do that. Save some $7 a quart oil too...
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