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800 Pound Gorilla, Fired?

Just did the first oil change on my SPS, fully expecting to wrestle with the filter, and the thing was barely hand tight. It actually dripped onto the splash pan a little at some point. Either the filter-installing gorilla got fired or he took a sick day.

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Maybe they're lubricating the gaskets before installing.

My '16 SPS wasn't too awful, but I did borrow a friends old-fashioned metal strap wrench to remove mine.
-my filter had nice big dent in the bottom, so when the engine was being moved from plant [Mexico] / train rack / k-member, someone smacked into the filter pretty good with something.

Looked like a good hard whack with the ball-peen end of the hammer.

My friend's '14 R/T - that filter was on tight! Almost bent the strap wrench getting that thing loose.

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He was still there when they did mine.

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Either the filter-installing gorilla got fired or he took a sick day.
I'm still here and didn't get fired. I am a UAW worker! You got lucky- I was on a smoke break.




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I will do my first oil change soon, and I'm anxious if the filter was done by a filter-installing gorilla or not!
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I had bought a socket style filter wrench solely based on this forum back when my car was new and feel that stopped me from having to struggle to get it off.
Of those of you who had to wrestle that gorilla which type of wrench did you use?

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I had bought a socket style filter wrench solely based on this forum back when my car was new and feel that stopped me from having to struggle to get it off.
Of those of you who had to wrestle that gorilla which type of wrench did you use?
This is not just a Dodge problem. They all have that Gorilla. After years of trying every type and method on my new cars, I finally found a fool proof device. I bought an extendable lug wrench from Walmart, put on the proper size 1/2' to 3/8" reducer to add a short socket extension and the topped it off with a high quality STEEL oil filter cap. Extend that lug wrench and no problemo. And the extendable wrench works great and saves my back for it's intended purpose on lug nuts as well.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/195211676...wrench&veh=sem
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Just did the first oil change on my SPS, fully expecting to wrestle with the filter, and the thing was barely hand tight. It actually dripped onto the splash pan a little at some point. Either the filter-installing gorilla got fired or he took a sick day.
That's good news!...next they have to address that drunk paint robot
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