How I keep my Fram oil filter o-ring flat during an oil change.


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How I keep my Fram oil filter o-ring flat during an oil change.

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I've been buying Fram oil filters for a while, and the big o-ring that is included is always folded and twisted into the box. This o-ring sets into this shape in the box and it won't sit flat in the groove while screwing on the oil filter housing during an oil change. It wants to pop out and go elsewhere. So I made my own solution.

1. Get your new filter properly in the housing and lube up the o-ring with fresh oil
2. Cut a half-circle hole in the bottom of a 1-quart ziplock bag (see photo #1).
3. Put the bag over the housing so that the threaded center fitting sticks through the hole while the o-ring is held in place (see photo #2).
4. Hold the bag tight as you screw it in.
5. When the housing is close enough that the o-ring can't move out of place (see photo #3), pull the bag straight back and it should rip at the seams and come off cleanly.
6. Continue to screw it in and torque to 20-24 ft-lbs.
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Re: How I keep my Fram oil filter o-ring flat during an oil change.

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Put a dab of grease on the o-ring so it stays in place

Put a dab of RTV in a couple of spots to hold the o-ring in place if you don't have grease handy

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Re: How I keep my Fram oil filter o-ring flat during an oil change.

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LAB3 wrote: Sun May 16, 2021 10:03 pm Put a dab of grease on the o-ring so it stays in place

Put a dab of RTV in a couple of spots to hold the o-ring in place if you don't have grease handy

Avoid overly complex fixes for problems that don't exist (anathema in today's culture)
It doesn't seem like you know the situation I'm talking about, and neither of your "fixes" would work. Even though they wouldn't work, they would take a lot more time than what I did.
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Re: How I keep my Fram oil filter o-ring flat during an oil change.

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It would seem to me that the simplest solution would be to exercise your rights as a consumer and purchase a different brand of filter that doesn't fold the O-ring up in the box. :)
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WingAdmin wrote: Mon May 17, 2021 10:25 am It would seem to me that the simplest solution would be to exercise your rights as a consumer and purchase a different brand of filter that doesn't fold the O-ring up in the box. :)
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Re: How I keep my Fram oil filter o-ring flat during an oil change.

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You might also excercise you right to use some other filter other than Fram, which consistantly has one of the worst ratings of all oil filters. Your engine will thank you.
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Re: How I keep my Fram oil filter o-ring flat during an oil change.

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dingdong wrote: Tue May 18, 2021 8:39 am You might also excercise you right to use some other filter other than Fram, which consistantly has one of the worst ratings of all oil filters. Your engine will thank you.
Yeah, I was going to mention that as well.... you might have a look at MikeB's post where he shows pictures of the filters disassembled: viewtopic.php?p=360412#p360412


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