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The other thread on low oil pressure warning is great but it is long and I thought it would help to bring this issue to the front again. Looking at youtube DIY videos on our truck most seem to show the exact thing @Kval points out we should NEVER do! That is insert the filter into the cap and then screw it on.

Here is the first DIY video I watched. Total failure on this important (and expensive) issue.


Note in this photo he is ready to screw the filter in:

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I saw another one yesterday doing the same. I will put it up when I find it again.

NOTE: @Kval points out there are two things to never do- put the filter in the cap and never use a rag to wipe around the bottom of the filter to clean it out- do so carefully if you do.

As I understand the plug on the bottom of the filter, it is pushed down when the filter is installed to give you full pressure and flow-through. When you begin to remove the filter the plug lifts and the oil drains down to make changes easier. Otherwise the housing would be full of oil when you try to change the filter. Hope this helps someone out there.
 

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Here is the second video and the exact same thing.


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Now I am starting to wonder if I can find a video where the DIYer does it the way Ford says to?
 
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Here is the 3rd one. He says put the new filter in the cap and push till it is flush with the cap. Wrong.

 

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Member @Kval posted two photos of the proper way to insert the filter as noted below:


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Yes thanks for posting this. Sounds like if you put the filter in the cap and tighten it, it can rip off the little plastic nub that holds the rubber stopper on. If that falls out of place, your oil will drain out of the filter assembly constantly, and is likely what leads to the low pressure warning. It may also lead to a portion of your oil draining back into the engine before being filtered.

Taking it out shouldn't be an issue, as everything down there is covered in oil, however when you put it in dry, that is when it can tear the nub. I'm adding a nub inspection to my oil change routines after seeing this.

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I just changed the oil filter, as oil is only 2 weeks old, to see what I could see. I looked and rubber plug is still intact...relief! Anyway, I don't find the new method as simple as the incorrect method. As we know, the canister holds the filter tightly, screwing it down onto filter, rather than vice versa, is a bit trickier. It didn't want to start and wanted to cross thread. Starting over I discovered when I put canister on, to push it straight down, so as to seat the filter into canister. After I did that it threaded as it should. I also smeared fresh oil on the bottom of the new filter as well the top hole in the filter, just to reduce friction. Just a suggestion, if you find a better way please post. Thanks
 

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Great minds, mascrappo! I just came in from the garage and did every step you did. We must have too much time on our hands.

I set the element in place and tried to screw the cap down, it tried to cross thread. Figured out to push the element down first then it worked. Sort of. Seems easier to do it with the element in the cap but Ford knows best.
 
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Great minds, mascrappo! I just came in from the garage and did every step you did. We must have too much time on our hands.

I set the element in place and tried to screw the cap down, it tried to cross thread. Figured out to push the element down first then it worked. Sort of. Seems easier to do it with the element in the cap but Ford knows best.
LOL, we must think alike. I was just too curious, after all the grim pics, if that rubber plug missing! Yep, new method is not as easy, but at least it's not messy! :D
 

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I buy my filters from RockAuto, Mann, $5 a filter. I get 2 of them shipped for what my local Ford dealer gets for 1 Motorcraft. Mann makes the Motorcraft filter, FYI.
 
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