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Would you ever put an oil filter back after you #4503756
08/31/17 07:31 PM
08/31/17 07:31 PM
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Albany, NY
ford46guy Offline OP
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took it off?
I took off the FL1A from the explorer to do the trans lines (they run behind it). The filter is perfectly vertical.

There was some crud on the outer edge that I took out but nothing in the oil. I put a bag over it.

The oil is close to its OCI (getting to 5K miles) and I'm thinking of putting it back. I don't like to drain cold oil.


95 Tbird V8 240K PP SYNTH ULTRA 5W30
98 MGM 160K M1 HM 5W20
96 Explorer EB V6 159K PP SYNTH HM 5W30
95 Conti 155K MC 5W20
11 GS350 90K PP HM 5W30
Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy] #4503768
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I just did it last week. Changed my oil but didn't want to change the filter (Fram Ultra) I change every other oil change. I took it off and dumped the old oil. Wouldn't do it again, too much of a mess. Why over think it? It's got threads and a gasket, put it back on.

Last edited by philipp10; 08/31/17 07:40 PM.
Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy] #4503769
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Not a problem, as long as there's no dirt in it and it wasn't due to be replaced for some other reason.


2011 Toyota Prius now at 92K
1981 Mazda GLC (323) retired at 606K
1972 Subaru DL retired at 190K
1954 Chevrolet retired at 121K
Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy] #4503775
08/31/17 07:42 PM
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It wont hurt a thing to put it back on if the gasket isn't deformed, which is most likely the case.


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Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy] #4503788
08/31/17 07:51 PM
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Nope. If I go through the trouble of taking it off, a new one is going on. Not worth the possibility of a gasket leak (even though it may be small).


2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (181k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
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Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy] #4503807
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I have done this as well. I would not do it again either. Might as well just replace the doggone thing at that point. I just leave the filter on and let it be if I use it more than once.


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Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: jeepman3071] #4503811
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Originally Posted By: jeepman3071
Nope. If I go through the trouble of taking it off, a new one is going on. Not worth the possibility of a gasket leak (even though it may be small).


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Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy] #4503858
08/31/17 09:00 PM
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Replacing things that aren't worn out is silly, unless you're in some special situation where you feel this is your Last Chance before some Big Event.

There is no going to trouble to take one off on an Explorer. It's putting on a rubber glove for grip and 20 seconds to do. You spend more time reading my post and writing one than that. Maybe you'll need to grab a filter wrench if you made the mistake of letting someone else change the oil and over-torque the filter last time.

Last edited by Dave9; 08/31/17 09:05 PM.
Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy] #4503866
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I'd more worried about the old gasket than the cold drain...

All I do is cold drains, because handling hot oil isn't high up on my "like to do" list.

Haven't lost an engine yet.


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ACDelco PF63E

'17 Ford Fusion (Company Lease) 42,xxx
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Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy] #4503935
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I would have no problem either putting the filter back on or draining the oil cold.


1997 Maxima 181k, Edge 10w30, K&N HP-1003
2004 Corolla 191k, VWB 5w20 + SSS 10w40, MGL4967
Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy] #4503945
08/31/17 11:56 PM
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I have never had an oil filter leak after putting it back on. Ever.


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Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy] #4503953
09/01/17 12:09 AM
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To save what, a few bucks? Id go new but thats me. Im sure ur fine to put it back tho.


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy] #4503964
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I've put a premium oil filter back on before. Haven't had any issues. Dumping a 15k oil filter at 5k is just crazy.


2015 Infiniti Q50
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2015 Nissan Murano
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Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy] #4504011
09/01/17 05:01 AM
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I have a beautiful Bosch Distance Plus filter I ran for less than one tank of gas and one week of miles through, that I took off and stored when my Avalon started knocking. Knock turned out to be merely the timing belt slapping the timing cover when the tensioner failed. It was going to be used as a cut open specimen but will now be used for a quick 20 minutes deSludge cycle at the end of my current oil run... maybe?


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Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: L_Sludger] #4504074
09/01/17 06:57 AM
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I'm in the "Terrified of Creating an Oil Leak by Reusing a Crushed, Heat Deformed Rubber Gasket" camp.

If the filter was fitted with some sort of premium O-ring, perhaps.

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