Leaky oil filter

Discussion in 'Oil' started by Tadaaa, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. Tadaaa

    Tadaaa Member

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    Are the HD oil filters prone to leak around the gasket? The original filter was on really (I think over)tight. I oiled up the new one and tightened it up about half a turn past tight by hand. It was leaking so I used the wrench and gave it another quarter of a turn. Now there is a little film of oil on the filter but not enough to drip. Is this about normal?
     
  2. threesteps

    threesteps Junior Member

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    I haven't had any problems with HD filters leaking. I don't do anything special when putting the filter on. A little oil on the gasket, hand tighten to snug contact and then about another 1/4 to 1/2 turn. Did the filter mount's surface look smooth, no dings or significant scratches?
     
  3. dangerdan

    dangerdan Junior Member

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    Remove the oil filter and check the mating surface with your finger for any foriegn debris on both surfaces.
     
  4. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    no its no normal .. the one from the factory is usually uber tight .. I normal tighten my about 1/4 th turn
     
  5. Tadaaa

    Tadaaa Member

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    The surface on the motor was fine, I cleaned it with my finger. Oiled the oring, put a little oil in the filter and snugged it up. I think it's fine but I was surprised that I needed to use a wrench to get it tight enough not to leak. I've never had to use one on a car or truck before. Thanks for the input.