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Old 01-31-2012, 07:46 PM
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Oil Filter Tightness

My last GC was a 2000 WJ with the 4.7L V8. Now I have the 5.7L V8. I know on the side of the oil filter, it says to tighten filter 1 turn after gasket makes contact with the filter mounting base. But when I did that on the 2000 and now on the 5.7 V8, the filter always has some seepage which will eventually drip onto the pavement.

I know the original oil filter must have been tightened to 70 ft lbs.

So just how tight does everyone tighten the oil filter on their 5.7L V8?
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:51 PM
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Re: Oil Filter Tightness

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My last GC was a 2000 WJ with the 4.7L V8. Now I have the 5.7L V8. I know on the side of the oil filter, it says to tighten filter 1 turn after gasket makes contact with the filter mounting base. But when I did that on the 2000 and now on the 5.7 V8, the filter always has some seepage which will eventually drip onto the pavement.

I know the original oil filter must have been tightened to 70 ft lbs.

So just how tight does everyone tighten the oil filter on their 5.7L V8?
I always tighten the filter as tight as I can by hand. Never had a problem. Usually between 3/4 to 1 1/2 turns after gasket contact.
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Re: Oil Filter Tightness

I've always tightened about 3/4 a turn after the gasket makes contact on all my vehicles. Never had a leaking issue.

Not to state the obvious, but are you sure the old gasket is still not stuck to the block? Also, do you put any oil on the gasket before screwing onto the block? This usually helps seal things up.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:59 PM
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I've always tightened about 3/4 a turn after the gasket makes contact on all my vehicles. Never had a leaking issue.

Not to state the obvious, but are you sure the old gasket is still not stuck to the block? Also, do you put any oil on the gasket before screwing onto the block? This usually helps seal things up.

Yes I did have to remove the old gasket from the block from the original filter like many others mentioned. And yes I did put oil on the gasket.
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Re: Oil Filter Tightness

1/2 -3/4 upon gasket contact for me.
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Re: Oil Filter Tightness

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I always tighten the filter as tight as I can by hand. Never had a problem. Usually between 3/4 to 1 1/2 turns after gasket contact.
Same here. 40 years of doing it that way proves I'm weak enough that it has always kept the filter from leaking, and not caused any problems with removal later.
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Re: Oil Filter Tightness

I had the same problem. I had to tighten the ever living sh!t out of mine too get it to stop leaking. I have never had a vehicle like this. Kinda strange
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Re: Oil Filter Tightness

Changed mine tonight-- Using K&N filter though, and tightened by hand probably 1/2-1 turn after contact.. Will have to check tomorrow to make sure its not dripping as i did it late this evening but seemed okay after install.
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I had the same problem. I had to tighten the ever living sh!t out of mine too get it to stop leaking. I have never had a vehicle like this. Kinda strange
It does seem strange that the only 2 Chrysler products I've ever owned (2000 WJ V8 and 2012 WK2 V8) and they both do the same thing. Never had this problem on any other make of vehicles/motorcycles/tractors/generator. I tightened it a bit more. Will check it tomorrow, but if it's like the WJ, I'm sure I'll have to really tighten that filter on there like the original one from the factory. No wonder it was on so tight.
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Re: Oil Filter Tightness

I always 2-hand tighten all, and have never had leaks. I hand tight on my previous Hemi w/o issues. The factory gorilla often thinks they are supposed to be as tight as lug nuts. Chrysler hasn't been bad. Ford is way worse. I demolished one Ford OE filter (crushed it) before it finally broke lose. Once it was broke (and leaking), I had to get the thing off.
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