Re: Factory oil filters
Alan E. Seelbach wrote:
> Got a question: I've purchased 4 new Explorers (2 in 2002, and 2 in 2005)
> and each time getting the factory oil filter off has been a fight. I have a
> oil ratchet(?) tool that fits the FL-820S perfectly, but slips on the
> factory installed filters. The factory installed oil filters also have no
> markings upon removal...which usually takes about a half hour and many
> chewed up knuckles.
> Has anyone else had this experience with the factory filters?
> Al S.
> Poughkeepsie, NY
Do you smear a small film of oil on the filters neoprene gasket during
installation? If not, try it next time, as it helps create a good seal
and aids in disassembly. When I do my own oil changes I also pre-charge
the filter with oil, at which time I run a film around the gasket with
my finger. Most skip this step these days, but It's something an old
timer taught me and I've always done it this way.
In addition, you should only hand tighten the filter. No fancy