Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Elgin County SW Ontario
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
I learned my lesson on too tight oil filters back in the '70s. Had a car with not a lot of clearance underneath. I spent most of a day trying to remove oil filter, lying on my back in gravel. I ended up driving a screwdriver and then a tire iron through it before finally getting it off.
I couldn't afford to pay for an oil change back then, I did it myself. Today I let the garage handle vehicles, but nobody touches my motorcycles except me.
I use the contact plus 3/4 turn method, although I'm not too anal about it. If contact plus 1/2 turn feels right, that is fine too. Never had a filter leak.