Originally Posted by amill
I did hand tighten the new one as hard as I could by hand. I rechecked it a few days later and noticed a bit of oil down the side of the filter. Oil level on the stick didn't move. I did put fresh oil on the new filter gasket and cleaned the area where the filter meets the motor. Maybe I didn't tighten it enough. I'm going to recheck it tonight. Also, is 20 ft/lbs the correct torque spec for the drain bolt?
I installed the oil filter on my V8 one turn as the instructions that came with the mopar oil filter stated after the filter gasket made contact with the oil filter boss. After a few days, it left a trickle down the side of filter, so I tightened it some more. It still likes to leave a drop at the end of the filter every couple of weeks. Next oil change I will use a Purolator Pure One oil filter. I doubt it, but maybe the Purolator will seal better. Although I believe the Mopar oil filter is made by Purolator.
I also had a similar sealing problem with my old 2000 WJ Limited that had the 4.7L V8. Maybe the Mopar engines have a porous oil filter mounting surface which makes it tough to get a proper seal?
I've never had this problem with any other make of vehicle or motorcycle.