Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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It's designed to be a very tight fit, otherwise in high-pressure/volume situations oil could leak by instead of being forced through the filter media.
That said, I've never had it not seat when you push it on (it does take some work, make sure you're pushing as close to the center of the filter as you can, if you just grab the outside of the filter it will definitely hang) but I can't imagine that there is anything wrong with having it most of the way and then using the re-installation process to complete the job. I guess the problem with that would be you then have to unscrew it again just to ensure it seated all the way.
Take care and enjoy the ride,
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