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07-19-2019 12:41 PM
Ltngdrvr
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Originally Posted by b.lee View Post
I haven't done an oil change on my new truck yet, (2012)
Is this oil filter harder to get to than my old 2006 5.9L ?

Usually on the old truck I'd loosen the filter from underneath using a oil filter wrench.
The wrench usually slides between the frame rail and fender liner.

Once its loose I just take it off by hand and pull it straight down so oil doesn't spill out.
2012 trucks are a totally different animal, their frames still allowed filter access from the bottom.
07-19-2019 10:26 AM
EricPeterson
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Originally Posted by 6401nohl View Post
Sometimes I jack it up from the passenger side, on the frame rail. Lifts the chassis up, drops the wheel assembly down giving you tons of room to get in there.
I should've thought of that. That should save me pulling the right front wheel... and the subsequent four or five re-torques of the flat dually wheel washer lug nuts....

Thank you.
07-19-2019 10:24 AM
EricPeterson
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Originally Posted by b.lee View Post
I haven't done an oil change on my new truck yet, (2012)
Is this oil filter harder to get to than my old 2006 5.9L ?

Usually on the old truck I'd loosen the filter from underneath using a oil filter wrench.
The wrench usually slides between the frame rail and fender liner.

Once its loose I just take it off by hand and pull it straight down so oil doesn't spill out.
The year the HD frame changed to radius arms in front and coil springs in the back ( for 2500s ) .... MY 2013? ....it became impossible to get to the filter from underneath. You can't even see it. There's an access port in the right fenderwell barely big enough to reach through, and access above with airbox removal/disassembly only.
07-19-2019 10:21 AM
6401nohl
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Originally Posted by EricPeterson View Post
There's another reason for getting the tool to cap the filter when going through the wheelwell hole. The t-handle makes pulling the filter out through the tight hole in amongst the hard lines a piece of cake... rather than trying to keep an oily grip on it with fingertips.
Exactly. Mine has an eye bolt. Stick your finger through it and pull through without spilling a drop. Way too easy.

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Do those of you who go through the fenderwell pull the right front wheel? I find that my lift/tire combination is just right to look like there's enough room when there really isn't...
Sometimes I jack it up from the passenger side, on the frame rail. Lifts the chassis up, drops the wheel assembly down giving you tons of room to get in there.
07-19-2019 10:16 AM
b.lee I haven't done an oil change on my new truck yet, (2012)
Is this oil filter harder to get to than my old 2006 5.9L ?

Usually on the old truck I'd loosen the filter from underneath using a oil filter wrench.
The wrench usually slides between the frame rail and fender liner.

Once its loose I just take it off by hand and pull it straight down so oil doesn't spill out.
07-19-2019 08:32 AM
pkwett94 I should because I rotate the tires at the sametime. However with 4X4 it is not an issue reaching the filter.
07-18-2019 08:18 PM
MoreTorque
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Originally Posted by EricPeterson View Post
. . . Do those of you who go through the fenderwell pull the right front wheel? . . .
I always rotate the tires when I change the oil. Much easier access to the filter with the wheel removed.
07-18-2019 07:20 PM
EricPeterson There's another reason for getting the tool to cap the filter when going through the wheelwell hole. The t-handle makes pulling the filter out through the tight hole in amongst the hard lines a piece of cake... rather than trying to keep an oily grip on it with fingertips.

I found it very difficult to align the first time. Thereafter, it just seems to slip into place. I guess it's just a question of getting the right feel for it.

Do those of you who go through the fenderwell pull the right front wheel? I find that my lift/tire combination is just right to look like there's enough room when there really isn't...
07-18-2019 07:04 PM
Highway 4x4 If that stupid gap in the wheel well for the filter was just 1/2 inch bigger there would be no problem. I use the wheel well exit.
07-18-2019 06:31 PM
lobsterbake HUGE thanks to everyone for the feedback! After reading all the posts and in particular Jared Herzog's post I am confident that I will have a better experience going through the wheel well for my next oil change. The advice to notice that the oil filter is tilted will make all the difference in the world as I had a heck of a time last time getting the filter to start threading as I must have been holding the filter straight up and down instead of angled. I found last time once the filter is off it is impossible for me to see the threads. I know people recommend trying to clean the base where the filter is attached, but it is a blind task and I would rather leave it alone instead of getting dirt or something on the base that could fall into the center of the filter and straight into the engine.

I appreciate all the advice, but after reviewing the comments I am not sure if I am comfortable going under the hood and taking things apart - the less things come apart the better in my experience.

Thanks everyone!!
07-18-2019 05:42 PM
rwheelz I didn't remove anything and can remove the filter through the wheel-well in about one minute.
07-18-2019 08:09 AM
Walker111
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Originally Posted by mjf6175 View Post
You do not even need that tool. Use a ZIPLOCK bag. Using a filter wrench loosen the old filter slightly so you can now spin it off by hand. STOP. Take filter wrench off and slide ziplock bag up over filter. Spin it so it drops in the ziplock. Close ziplock and pull out. If you have OCD condition like me and need to fill some oil in new filter just reverse the procedure using a second zip lock.
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Originally Posted by badunit View Post
I beg to differ. I used a ziplock the first few times. I snagged it on the way out the last time and got oil all over the place. I then bought the screw-on cap.

I have no problem going through the wheelwell except I don't much care for pushing a clean filter up into a spot I cannot see. Every time I do it I think there could be some debris/dirt that gets knocked off of something and it falls into the filter unknown and unseen.

I did the same thing. Ended up buying the filter cap thing, ripping that stupid plastic tray out of there and have been happy going thru the fender.
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