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what do you do
« on: 11 February 2018, 22:08:59 »

when installing the oil filter   ???
I oil the o-ring & then screw on the GM oil filter.

Talking to other ppl, some say they pre-fill the filter with oil & then screw it on.
One bloke even places strong magnets on the filter cartridge, good idea  :-\

Anyway we`re having this discussion at work, surrounded by my co-workers today & one of the girls  says something like; "when I serviced trucks we were taught not to pre-fill oil filters, but fuel filters we did pre-fill" well up to date she kept that one quiet  ;D

So what`s best practise  ???
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Re: what do you do
« Reply #1 on: 11 February 2018, 22:24:27 »

I've always put dab of old oil on the o-ring and fill new filter with fresh oil. Takes a few goes as it soaks it up, my view is if the oil filter is pre-soaked, makes it easier on engine start. As filter would take a few seconds to soak up, possibly leaving to a very brief oil starvation.
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Re: what do you do
« Reply #2 on: 12 February 2018, 01:20:39 »

I've never bothered to fill the oil filter on any car i've ever done and found no problems at all with oil starvation.
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Re: what do you do
« Reply #3 on: 12 February 2018, 06:43:15 »

Always filled filter and oiled the O-ring.
Just to be sure there is oil in the system at first start after change. Takes like 10 seconds, and can be filled while oil is draining from the engine, so why not.
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Re: what do you do
« Reply #4 on: 12 February 2018, 07:39:07 »

I start by wiping down the filter housing and around the base, remove housing and filter and clean round inside, change o rings with a wipe of fresh oil and put it all back together again. I have never ever pre-filled an oil filter and never found a problem but I always pre-fill fuel filters.

Only the Rover V8 is different where you should never change the oil filter with the sump empty unless you prime the oil pump with petroleum jelly - there may be others but that's the only one I know of.
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Re: what do you do
« Reply #5 on: 12 February 2018, 08:15:45 »

Filling a virtually horizontal oil filter with oil? No thanks.

It's worth a smeer oil on the O rings. What I was taught, was to start the car up, wait until the oil pressure light goes out and then stop it. Wait 5-10 mins and check the level - top up as needed.
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Re: what do you do
« Reply #6 on: 12 February 2018, 08:32:24 »

A wipe of oil on the O ring then fit and go, most of the Omega ones you cant pre-fill (unless you want it to go everywhere)
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Re: what do you do
« Reply #7 on: 12 February 2018, 09:51:00 »

A wipe of oil on the O ring, then screw on the filter, and only hand tighten. Half the used cars I buy have filters that have been over tightened, probably by a garage, and that I cannot get off. If the screw on type, banging a nail through the filter gives me enough grip to unscrew it; if canister type I end up breaking the canister and replacing it with the screw on adapter.
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Re: what do you do
« Reply #8 on: 12 February 2018, 11:23:12 »

On some engines the oil filter faces upwards so you have no chance of pre-filling it. Based on that, I just smear a bit of oil on the O Ring and fit it straight on.
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Re: what do you do
« Reply #9 on: 12 February 2018, 11:33:06 »

On some engines the oil filter faces upwards so you have no chance of pre-filling it. Based on that, I just smear a bit of oil on the O Ring and fit it straight on.

I tried on my old M3 once.. took a moment before I realised the oil I was pouring into the filter housing was just draining straight down into the sump  :-[ :-[ ;D
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Re: what do you do
« Reply #10 on: 12 February 2018, 13:42:55 »

 Smear the seal ring with fresh oil and fill at least half way if possible,then fit

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Re: what do you do
« Reply #11 on: 12 February 2018, 14:06:59 »

On some engines the oil filter faces upwards so you have no chance of pre-filling it. Based on that, I just smear a bit of oil on the O Ring and fit it straight on.

I tried on my old M3 once.. took a moment before I realised the oil I was pouring into the filter housing was just draining straight down into the sump  :-[ :-[ ;D

The filter faced upwards on my daughters old Peugeot 206 1.4 (or Vauxhall Corsa 1.4, can't remember which now), so when you changed the oil filter the old oil pissed all over the front of the engine. And what is at the front of this design of engine.... yep, an exhaust manifold.  ::) ;D
« Last Edit: 12 February 2018, 14:13:58 by YZ250 »
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Re: what do you do
« Reply #12 on: 12 February 2018, 14:10:25 »

That's clever, thoughtful engineering! Or is it just french?  ::)

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Re: what do you do
« Reply #13 on: 12 February 2018, 18:07:27 »

Oil the seal, and fill it to suitable level (3rd full for v6, K series and others with horizontal filter).
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Re: what do you do
« Reply #14 on: 12 February 2018, 20:53:45 »

Up until the Desmond i have be doing oil/filter changes since i was19 when i got my first "car", Reliant soft top with the old BMC 600cc side valve engine. ;D. Have never part filled the filter, just a smear round the "o" ring. Can,t get under this one, gettin too old, poor old sod. Now 73. ::) Never had a seize up, yet.
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