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post #1 of 15 Old 11-23-2012, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Do you pre-fill your oil filter?

One thing that I have always done, or at least tried to do, was pre-fill my oil filters with oil when doing an oil change. The fact that the oil filter is almost straight on the K24 in my '09 and was almost straight on the 3500 in my '07 Impala makes it so easy.

Wasn't as easy in my Taurus (very much so slanted) and wasn't as easy on my '95 Civic (side of block) -- but I still managed to put some oil in them/at least let the paper soak some up.

Makes me feel better seeing that oil light go out super quick instead of waiting a few seconds!

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post #2 of 15 Old 11-23-2012, 08:24 AM
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I always thought you had to pre-fill the oil filter until filter saturation and lubricate the top seal of said filter before installing. Who installs oil filters dry?

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I don't think its required as most engines will pump up rather quickly, I'd think it's common knowledge to oil the seal. But I won't go w/o filling one up.

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post #4 of 15 Old 11-26-2012, 04:53 AM
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I oil the seal but have never filled the filter. Honestly this is the first time I've even heard of anyone doing that.
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50 years ago this was a good practice but I don't think so any more.

There is enough oil on the base to lubricate the seal when you put the new one on. I always check to see if the old seal came off before I replace.

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I oil the seal and fill the filter about halfway. I've only been able to do that on my ms3 and accord though. My focus zx3 had a horizontal oil filter, needless to say woulda been messy.

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Never done it before? I've heard of people doing this but is it needed? My oil changes so far have gone well without doing it.

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I always prefill my filters. I dont know if it really does any good, but I feel better knowing its moving oil sooner when the engine starts and the oil light goes off immediately. Prefilled horizontal filters are a little more challanging to install, but with practice its doable with minimal spillage.

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No, I don't. And the owner's manual doesn't mention anything of that sort unlike applying oil to the filter's rubber seal.

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I do it, even though I don't think it does anything to help. lol

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I don't bother. The car usually pumps the oil fast enough that I'm not too nervous about getting the filter on dry. I do oil the seal though.

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I have in the past, but only when I've had a vehicle that had an oil filter that was totally vertical. It get's too messy when the filter is mounted at an angle.

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I've never heard of anyone doing that, but I'm only 27. Sounds like it may have been something that was common practice in the past, but no longer?

At any rate, maybe I'll start doing it on the Accord. I would never bother on my Camry because the filter sits on top at a 45 degree angle. Judging from how much of a mess it makes when I take it off, pre-filling the filter would be a waste of perfectly good oil.


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It takes 30 seconds to fill the filter, let it soak and dump the oil back into the container. I doubt it has any measurable benefits because there is residual oil on everything in the engine but it's a habit and it doesn't hurt to do it.


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