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Old 08-17-2013, 10:11 AM
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Default Loose oil filter

About 2 months after my first oil change i found a little oil on my garage floor. Went under the truck to find that my oil filter was loose. Mad as all heck i hand tightened then a little pull with the oil wrench. I thought i had it but now 3000 miles later, it's leaking again. Is the oem filter not that good? Anybody else have this problem and is there a fix or alternate filter.

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Could be the gasket was not properly seated, possibly the previous gasket came off and the new filter was placed over it or just a bad gasket. I would do an oil and filter change or just the filter if you do not mind the mess.
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If it's a repeat issue, as you described, I would point the finger at the filter and replace it ASAP before it fails completely.
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check for a double rubber gasket, some Techs just make the oil filter change without looking to see if the old one stuck onto the engine block
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if you decide to check it out for yourself, use a quart Baggie over the oil filter to catch most of the oil that will overflow from inside of the filter
I would also use a plastic grocery bag to lay over the metal bars under the filter, just to keep things cleaner

of coarse have a new filter handy, personally I use anything BUT a FRAM, my preference is a WIX, NAPA Gold, or CARQUEST.

when removing the oil filter, check for where it screws on to see if there is a rubber gasket still on the engine, it should be just metal
when you put the new filter on, put some oil into the new filter before screwing it on, it doesn't have to be full, I just like to have some in there, so the engine is not run dry for even a little bit, also put a light coat of oil onto the rubber gasket, I use my finger to do that

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Everybody badmouths Fram cause of the way a certain review was handled. You might want to read this also.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ea...-ohio-1261517/
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Default How to tighten an oil filter

Over tightening an oil filter is just as improper as inadequately tight.

Using hand strength (assuming you aren't a power lifter ) - just SNUG the filter to the baseplate. Firmly SNUG is all. Over tightened filters can make the oil filter rubber gasket "squirm" out of position from the top of the filter.

THEN, the filter is loose all of a sudden and you have a drip or leak or catastrophe.

The first part of an oil change is to remove the FILTER and verify the rubber gasket is still on the used filter. Then proceed making sure the NEW filter has a gasket intact.

Certainly it's true FRAM has upped the ante with some quality improvements, but those ORANGE Fram filters are worthless.
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Mine leaked after the first dealer oil change. Was a bad rubber gasket on the filter.
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Mine leaked after the first dealer oil change. Was a bad rubber gasket on the filter.
Having shown many many people how (and why) to change their own oil - the first thing is GASKET OFF, new gasket ON.

When removing the used filter, FIRST check that the gasket came off.

Then lightly lube the new oil filter gasket making sure the gasket is seated radially in it's groove.

Then with hand pressure firm SNUG tighten only. An improperly over-tightened filter can make the rubber gasket "squirm" out of position.

Then, you have a leak, drips, loose filter and a potential catastrophe.
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after doing my first change on the truck, not to mention how tight the orig. filter was on, i found you have to make these filters a little more snug than we are used to, or it will leak.
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