I'm assuming you have a 2007, should be, if you are standing in front of the engine, on the bottom of the engine on you're right. Driver side front of engine angled at about 45 degrees. From what I gather, it can be a pain to change, something to learn a technique and remember it. How hard can it really be, millions sold with this so far. My old 2000 is easy, once you learn how to position yourself to replace it.
It looks like oil will spill all over the front diff and skid plate. Any ideas?
It does exactly that.
I use a thin piece of aluminum, I guess about 8" x 12" or so, bent to form a channel. I slip it under the filter and it's long enough to angle downward, over the cross member to the front of the truck. The oil drains from the filter and runs down the aluminum into my catch pan at the front. It's crude and simple, but it keeps the oil off the skid plate and diff. I'd love to see what others have come up with.
Watch out, nothing you can do about it really. ASAP, get the filter turned so it won't spill out, but that might not be the easiest thing to do. Mine has a plastic shield that directs the oil around the mentioned things, your's should too. I've never done the newer engines, just looked at them a bit, I wished I could offer more. My brother has an 08 Limited AWD and he's a sissy having the dealer change the oil so he's useless for info.
dude those 4x4 oil filters are a pain in the ***.at least with the factory flter they put them on way too tight.get a oil filter deal that goes on a 3/8 drive extension and ratchet and thats the best i have figured out,i dont know the name of it.i work at a dealer and it took me awhle to figure it out the first time.take the filter off slowly and most of the oil will run down the front little catch sheild peice that is under the filter.if any does get on the skid plate and front diff it isnt a big deal.just wipe it down and keep on trucking.btw if you have a 5.4 it takes 7 quarts of oil.hope this helps.it hard for me to explain it i just do it i guess.
Filter is very easy to change and you should not have any problem with spillage. There is a plastic "channel" on top the front axle that will allow the oil to drain BEHIND the axle. As long as you do not dump oil to the front when you take off the filter, everything will go behind the axle. Then just wipe off the plastic channel.
As already stated, use the cup style filter wrench made to fit the FL-820S, a 10" extension, and a ratchet. Very easy to get off.
As already stated, the original filter is tight. Tight enough that I let the dealer do the first, which was free from him anyway.
Let the dealer do the first oil change... Or, better yet, before you drive it off the lot, tell them you want the filter changed. The factory does not lubricate the rubber seal when they install the first one, and it darn near welds itself to the oil filter adapter housing... It's a royal pain to get off of there.
Subsequent filters should have a little bit of oil rubbed on the seal to prevent that from happening again. Do that, and you'll never have the issue again.
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