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#1 Steve Meyer OFFLINE  

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Posted September 06, 2011 - 01:26 AM

I've changed oil filters for over 50 years (turned 68 last week) but have never seen anything like Kohler's & Simplicity's directions:

"Fill filter with oil to the bottom of the threads, then install on engine."

This appears both in the Kohler and Simplicity manuals.

This would be OK if the filter screwed in from below, but the filter is horizontal -- and the pictures in both manuals clearly show this.

I'm obviously not going to spill most of a filter's oil down the side of the engine and tractor -- so what am I missing?


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Posted September 06, 2011 - 04:21 AM

Hey,just turn the tractor on it's side.:D
Seriously,that is kind of dumb directions.

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Posted September 06, 2011 - 10:12 AM

Let the oil sit in the filter for 10-15 mins before installing ,so the filter material soaks up the oil. It does soak it up.


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Posted September 06, 2011 - 10:31 AM

I've used that method for many years and basically it's a two fold reasoning :

1) Pre-priming the oil filter to prevent a dry start, instant oil pressure.

2) As Orangman said it wets the filter.

Does this do anything for the engine ? I doubt it but thats how my Dad taught me so that's what I do.