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Old 11-05-2008, 01:31 PM   #1
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Oil change

for changing oil,
Is it necessary to torque the oil filter to 25 NM?
Or can you just tighten it until tight?
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:33 PM   #2
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depends on if you want to chance it leaking or not. torqueing to spec is always the safe/smart move.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:02 PM   #3
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alright, whats the chance it leaking if I tighten it a little past hand tight?
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:20 PM   #4
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You'll most likely be okay, but it is always advisable to use a torque spec when available. I do understand that not everyone has a torque wrench handy.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:56 PM   #5
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Well I can get one. I work at a Dodge dealership and next to all the mechanics. I was just wondering if it was necessary, but thanks for the responses!
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:42 AM   #6
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Before getting my torque wrench, I would mark on the plastic oil filter cap a reference mark related to the metal housing.

Then when tightening it back on, I would tighten it until the marks matched. Not as accurate, but works in a pinch.
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Old 11-07-2008, 05:50 PM   #7
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Before getting my torque wrench, I would mark on the plastic oil filter cap a reference mark related to the metal housing.

Then when tightening it back on, I would tighten it until the marks matched. Not as accurate, but works in a pinch.
Assuming that who ever changed the oil last torqued it to proper specs.
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:03 PM   #8
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If you have access to a torque wrench, its always the way to go. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone shearing off a bolt or stripping a thread using a proper torque wrench, it's a worthwhile investment for the toolbox.
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:43 AM   #9
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Assuming that who ever changed the oil last torqued it to proper specs.
The first oil change was when the car was new (it's first oil change), so I had hoped and assumed that "Franz or Klaus" over in Germany had torqued it right, preferably before going to the BeirHauz.

Did end up getting a tq wrench after that change...best $ ever spent.
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