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Another stupid oil change question (filter angulation)...

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I neglected to make a mental note of the angle that the oil filter was at when I removed it. It took a bit of fiddling to get it to catch the threads to replace and only had a few turns before it started to snug up. It does not "hang" directly vertically, it sort of angles forward (up at the front), rather than "level" at the bottom when it's tightened up. Is this correct? The reason I'm asking is that it leaked a bit upon start-up and I had to tighten it more than I'm used to to seal it up. Now I'm second guessing myself, wondering if I cross threaded it. I think I would have recognized that, it spun freely, just not very many times! Anyone want to put my paranoia to rest? Or, make me go do it over, if that's what's necessary, LOL!
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The filter does angle to the front, and with only a few turns, maybe two before it starts to seal.
When I change mine, I add a little grease to the gasket so it comes off easier the next time. It will aid in sealing also.
Cross threading would not get you as far as you did. Also don't over tighten the filter and it will leak. I know, cause that happened to me once. I make it a point to use only one hand to tighten, and that seems to be the right torque.

If it spun freely, you probably didn't cross thread it. Yes it goes in at a slight angle. Did you make sure the rubber gasket was on the filter before you fitted it? It won't seal without the gasket. It's also a good idea to smear oil over the gasket before you fit the filter as well. It helps the seal and stops it from sticking when you next remove the filter.

Also, another problem is that the old gasket can get stuck in the hole when you remove the old filter. If you then screw in the new filter with IT'S gasket, you'll have 2 of them in there. This might explain why you it didn't take many turns to fit the new filter. I don't know if a filter with 2 rubber gaskets will seal properly.

When you remove the old filter, always make sure the rubber gasket is still on the old filter. If it isn't, reach into the hole and pull it out.
Thanks extrapilot and Turbo, more confident now!

I think I got it right. Thanks for the feedback! Patrick
Replacing my original oil filter, the rubber gasket stuck to the engine case. Good thing I check! ;) (In my experience with cars, two gaskets means a huge, oily mess all over the floor under the motor when the engine starts)

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