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Question Properly torquing an oil filter

Has anyone come across a procedure for properly torquing down an oil filter? I'm sure most of us are familiar with the pictorial depictions on the side of the oil filter showing how the can must be spun on before it gets an additional 1/3 or 1/4 turn once it's seated.
But, other than doing it by feel, is anyone aware of a proper torquing technique or a gadget that would help with that? I know that the dealer has no idea. I once spent nearly half an hour trying to remove the filter off my HEMI. The dealer had torqued the filter on so tight that I almost had to use a hammer and chisel to get the thing to spin off. Inversely, my father-in-law lost an engine when one of his contractor trucks ground to a halt due to the filter spinning off after a tech at a Jiffy Lube left the filter on too loose.
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I tighten by hand with a rubber glove on, and then another 1/2 turn or so with the wrench.


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I tighten by hand with a rubber glove on, and then another 1/2 turn or so with the wrench.
Half turn from what point? When you first sense resistance; from when the filter is fully seated? If you wanted to, could you torque the filter further from the point where you usually leave it?

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Hand tight plus a half turn. Some ppl even say a quarter turn. Maybe that's just with v6's though, this has been my first v8.


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I tighten by hand till tight and do a half turn with wrench.

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I hand tighten only - as tight as I can get it, been doing it for 30 years - no problems.

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I hand tighten only - as tight as I can get it, been doing it for 30 years - no problems.
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So, it seems as if it's a feel thing. I can't find a definitive answer from manufacturers or users, but I believe I've a solution.

I came up with a way of knowing exactly when to stop torquing down the oil filter. I hired a professional patent researcher to do a domestic and international patent search and he turned-up nothing like I came up with, so it's all ahead with the filing.

It is a simple modification and I'm in talks with a firm to file for a patent in the very near future. I can't disclose more right now, but I'll let you all know more just as soon as I have legal protection for my idea. I hope it it'll be available for purchase in 24 to 36 months.

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