Date registered: Sep 2006
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The curse of the oil filter..
Recently picked up a 1975 300D.. Runs pretty good.. Replaced the alternator (by removing the Radiator to make room to remove the alternator)..
The cars been sitting for a while so I decide in brilliant fashion that I should change the oil.. I've been changing oil on my cars since I was 15.. no sweat, right? WRONG!
I need help or a tow truck..
The config on this rig is canister filter in a housing removed from under the vehicle with a center bolt. I'm not entirely sure but I think I am missing the 'pre-filter' or whatever it is called. When I opened it up (it wasn't leaking before I started) inside the housing was the metal canister filter. There wasn't a doughnut-esk thing on top of the canister that seems to be described in some posting and available for about $15 on some of the parts sites. My local parts store (NAPA) had a canister filter in stock and since there was just the canister in the housing when I opened it I did what comes natural: cleaned the housing put in the new canister and put it back on the car.
I will say it took me a minute to determine the best way to line the housing back up, but it wasn't that difficult. Lined it up and bolted it in (yes with a new gasket that came with the filter)..
Well.. here I am.. I've gone through the remounting procedure 4 times (the first time resulting in a nice puddle of oil that I wasn't expecting and the other 3 time with a puddle of oil (that I was expecting) in a bucket.
What the #$*&#(*$&(*%#(& (...
I would have sworn the housing was lined up and cinched down appropriately.. Before the last try I even spent some time just mounting the housing without a filter in it just for practice.. When I mounted it, I had my wife start the car while I lied under it and sure enough, when the car started out came the oil from some hidden gap between the housing and the lid/cover.
I checked and double-checked to make sure they were lined up all the way around but as soon as that oil pressure built up... drip drip drop..stream, glug glug glug..
$100.. shoot $200 bucks to change the oil at the dealer (30 miles away) is sounding better by the minute.