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Old 04-20-2006, 08:48 PM   #1
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Just got my car back up and running after 8+ weeks for a tranny fix. Installed an oil cooler/adapter sandwich for future mods(I autox).

After priming the motor for 30 seconds, I went out and checked under the car. Oil was dripping from inbetween the filter/adapter. I THEN remembered I had only hand tightened it when I put fresh oil in couple days before. I used an oil filter strap to snug it up.

Unfortunately I may have damaged the seal when I crushed the oil filter can a little while tightening it as oil was still leaking when I restarted the car.

Now, my problem could be 2 things.
1. I did damage the seal when I tightened it. Which case I'm asking anyone if they know of a brand that does not crush when tightened by a strap.

2. The oil-bypass hole in my sandwich adapter is to small, thus causing oil to be squirted out thru the oil filter seal. I'm not inclined to believe that it is the adapter as the oil should flow to the cooler, preventing any kind of flow restriction. Sandwich adapter is an HAYDEN Automotive #243.
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Old 04-21-2006, 03:08 PM   #2
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As for damaging the seal, this could have happened if you tightened the filter on with a wrench. Every filter I have used only requires 3/4 of a turn past the point where the gasket makes contact. This can almost always be achived using your hands alone. Every once in a while the filter may need a little help getting started when removing it, but never going on.
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Old 04-22-2006, 01:25 AM   #3
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Probably just overtightened. You only need to hand tighten an oil filter (make it nice and tight, but you don't need a wrench). Overtighten and the gasket gets all smooshed and leaks.
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Old 04-22-2006, 08:33 AM   #4
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I have seen people try to use the sensor holes in the adapters and over tighten and crack the adapter.

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Old 04-22-2006, 10:16 AM   #5
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also, if you were to use a strap wrench to tighten the filter (which you shouldn't need to unless you have like little girly arms or something ), you would want the strap around the filter as near to the end as possible, to avoid crushing it, not around the middle.
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Old 04-22-2006, 11:47 AM   #6
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Turns out my leaking problem wasn't the filter, it was the sandwich adapter. It just wasn't creating a good enough seal. I found this out by removing the adapter and installing the filter, then there were no leaks.
Now to wait till thursday for my greddy adapter.
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Old 04-22-2006, 11:56 PM   #7
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oil filters are cheap, certainly get a new one rather than using a crushed one.
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