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Old 09 Apr 2014, 06:39 pm
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i have a 2005 pt gt, the oil plug is so close to the filter, that the 10min guys when did my first and LAST oil change dented half the can trying to spin the 1/2 nut on which is half stripped now. So i have to go to mopar order a new drain plug for the oil, i use the k&n oil filters so getting those on is no problem with nut on top, question is, how are you fitting a socket in there, or when i get a new bolt will a open end wrench do the job, my 1.2 open keep spinning, and i much rather use a socket, so what are you guys using,i know its about as newb as i can get, but i wanna do it right...at this point i had to tap on 1/2 socket with hammer lightly, as 12 13mm 1/2 nothing fit right, now my socket is stuck on there, lol, thanks used mobil 1 5-30 5 quarts,and some prolong synthetic treatment as i bought car with 70,000 miles, today i got back from shop as power steering hose under car cracked at that turn it makes?? than i had him flush my automatic tranny fluid, and fix a/c had to vacuum for 1 hr and fill, he said it held 30 microns for 30 min so that doesn't sound like a leak to me, is it normal to loose a charge in a 9 year old car?to many questions, lets start with right tool for oil change, thanks

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Old 09 Apr 2014, 07:21 pm
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Tommy,

Maybe the Turbo's are different than the non-turbo like mine but but if you use the oil filter wrench like shown below, there's no problem fitting it over the filter and spinning it off.



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its not the filter, its when the filters on the bolt for draining oil is to close to filter you cant spin socket without hitting
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Old 09 Apr 2014, 07:42 pm
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yea your bolt is off to the side, mine is right next to oil filter,, real close
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I use a boxed end wrench!
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Old 09 Apr 2014, 08:23 pm
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I use a 13 mm socket.
AdvanceAuto has drain plugs, only a few bucks.
I use a rubber strap wrench on the filter.
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Old 09 Apr 2014, 10:26 pm
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1/2 seems to be the tightest fit, are you guys referring to turbo models, cause when i put that tip on the smallest ratchet i cannot spin, i like the open end wrench deal but worried it might strip the threads?
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I use a boxed end wrench!
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You may have had your drain plug replaced with a fix-plug or some aftermarket that has a different head size then OEM.
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Old 09 Apr 2014, 11:51 pm
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I use a 13mm socket with a 3/8 drive and the short (3") extension. The turbo oil filter is a bit longer than the others, but overall its not that bad. The PT's are still the cleanest oil change cars I've owned. Even our Voyager with the 3.0 V6 was messier. The filter could be reached from the front of the vehicle, but the oil would run down the side of the block, behind the starter cables, and drizzle down the side of the pan to the catch basin. The drain plug was conveniently (not) on the back side of the pan. Easy when its on a lift, not so much in the driveway.
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