I just changed the oil in my 2018 Charger 392 for the first time (at 3000 mi). All went well until I got to installing the new oil filter, which was an OEM Mopar replacement. I somehow got confused with the picture-symbols on the filter can trying to tell how to do it, and mistook the pic for screwing on the filter as telling to tighten it 1 turn (after the gasket contacts the base). When I got to 1/2 turn the filter felt plenty tight, but wanting to follow instructions, I proceeded to tighten to a full turn + . I had to use a wrench with considerable torque to do this. Having had past experience and seen plenty of readings about the hazards to too-tight oil filters (they are impossible to get off w/o extraordinary measures ... I once had to cut off the can and use a pipe wrench around the base plate to get off) I began contemplating on what wrong I might have done? But I decided that if that's what the instructions said, then it must be OK. So I proceeded to finish the job, putting in the new oil, starting the engine for a few minutes to check for leaks, and then replacing the under-cover. And that's where I am now. Since then I have discovered from watching several You-tube videos on changing Charger oil that the proper tightening of the oil filter is 1/2 turn, and that did feel about right when I was tightening on the way to one full turn. So now I am convinced that I have overtightened the filter, and I am in a quandary on what do now? Should I
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leave well-enough alone and not worry about it until the next oil change, whereupon I will take to the dealer? My concern here is might the over-tight filter gasket fail in time, especially in the heat, and I suddenly develop a leak?
go back under the car and try to back off the filter 1/2 turn? Again, I only ran the motor for a few minutes with the over-tight filter, so heat effects at this point should not be a factor. If I am able to back off OK, will that possibly make more likely to leak?
I would greatly appreciate your expertise, knowledge, and experience on this problem.replace the oil filter altogether. It looks like the filter is positioned far enough above the crankcase so that if I drop the filter I would only lose the oil in the filter plus whatever is in the "pipeline," and nothing from the crankcase?
Thank you, Suisun-Sue