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#4503756 - 08/31/17 07:31 PM Would you ever put an oil filter back after you
ford46guy Offline


Registered: 06/01/13
Posts: 525
Loc: Albany, NY
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.
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#4503768 - 08/31/17 07:39 PM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy]
philipp10 Offline


Registered: 05/09/14
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Loc: Minnesota
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.


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#4503769 - 08/31/17 07:39 PM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy]
CR94 Offline


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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.
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#4503775 - 08/31/17 07:42 PM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy]
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
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Loc: The Midwest
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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#4503788 - 08/31/17 07:51 PM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy]
jeepman3071 Offline


Registered: 04/15/10
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Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
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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#4503807 - 08/31/17 08:04 PM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy]
bbhero Offline


Registered: 03/20/15
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Loc: Virginia
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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#4503811 - 08/31/17 08:07 PM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: jeepman3071]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
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Loc: USA
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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#4503858 - 08/31/17 09:00 PM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy]
Dave9 Offline


Registered: 08/28/17
Posts: 176
Loc: Cincinnati, USA
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.


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#4503866 - 08/31/17 09:09 PM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy]
ATex7239 Offline


Registered: 01/19/17
Posts: 331
Loc: Texas,USA
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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#4503935 - 08/31/17 11:31 PM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy]
zorobabel Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 478
Loc: Anaheim, CA
I would have no problem either putting the filter back on or draining the oil cold.
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#4503945 - 08/31/17 11:56 PM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 6148
Loc: Waco, TX
I have never had an oil filter leak after putting it back on. Ever.
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#4503953 - 09/01/17 12:09 AM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4737
Loc: MTL, CANADA
To save what, a few bucks? Id go new but thats me. Im sure ur fine to put it back tho.
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#4503964 - 09/01/17 12:47 AM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy]
sir1900 Offline


Registered: 03/12/09
Posts: 1589
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan
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.
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#4504011 - 09/01/17 05:01 AM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: ford46guy]
L_Sludger Offline


Registered: 10/04/09
Posts: 3947
Loc: Ohio
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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#4504074 - 09/01/17 06:57 AM Re: Would you ever put an oil filter back after you [Re: L_Sludger]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5240
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
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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