Scotty, on my '99 Durango (5.2L 138K miles) I was doing the first oil change (since I purchased it 3 weeks ago) on it myself. Draining the oil from the drain pan was a piece of cake. The filter on the other hand was in EXTREMELY tight. I ended up having to use a pry bar and hammer to get it off (yes, I punched a hole through the filter and hammered it counterclockwise to loosen it). Putting on the new filter I coated the gasket with some used oil and spun it on until it made contact with the mating surface, then gave it an extra 1/4 turn. After filling with oil and started it up. Checked the filter and it had a constant drip. I shut off the engine off and tightened the filter as tight as I could by hand and it slowed it down to a bare drip. I don't want to over tighten the oil filter. Any suggestions?
I checked that with my hand (filter seal), had it not taken me almost an hour to pull the stupid filter, I'd probably have checked the face of the seal better. I didn't get the crowbar anywhere near that area, (I know better than that), but that doesn't mean that someone else didn't in the past. I did purchase the filter tool, but it was too late for me to use it before I mangled the filter, but I will have it for the next one.
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