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post #1 of 44 Old 04-17-2009, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone not tighten the oil filter 2 full turns past "first contact"?

I have never run into an oil filter that has to be this tight on any other motor. I have seen this type of gasket/O ring before too. It just seems like it is way too tight, and I was wondering if anyone has experimented to see if it can be less tight & still not leak? Bob...

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I tighten as tight as I can get it with my bare hands. No need to be tighter, that would just crush the o-ring. Never a problem for me on any vehicle I have ever owned.
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I'm with Tom on this one, why would you not just do the manufacturers procedure? It is not that difficult to put on or get off.

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I have a loose definition of "first contact".

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The debate continues . . .

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I tighten as tight as I can get it with my bare hands. No need to be tighter, that would just crush the o-ring. Never a problem for me on any vehicle I have ever owned.
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I use the a NAPA filter with good success. See this thread for options - thanks to Brian:
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2 turns past first contact is not really that tight. I noticed this last weeked when I did my oil change. With the suzuki wrench and a 3/8 rachet, it does not take much torque to get there. Best to go by the book on this one...

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You will note the Zook filter o-ring is round, it requires further tightening than your more common flat sided o-ring.

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Two turns past "Actual" contact is pretty tight and usually won't go further without breaking something. Too tight might make a clunk when you ride over smart bumps.

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The first time I change my oil I thought damn that's tight and just spun it on as tight as I could by hand since I didn't have an endcap type wrench. Well I had to go buy one so I could tighten the now dripping oil filter.

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