Hello there readers. It hasn’t been to awful long since my last posted update on here but on Tuesday August 15th, 2017 I decided it was time to get the factory oil out of the truck and swap in some good synthetic oil and a better filter than OEM.
I have done a lot of reading and research on this before I made any purchase or decision to do the oil change myself. I will cover most of my mindset here not just for you but for future reference and information as well as maybe any issues that could potentially pop up at a later date.
Let us start with this. When I leased my truck the dealership gave me three free oil changes and tire rotations as a “nice” gesture. They did the same for my wife’s Durango also and we have used two of them. While they are free and a good value their service along with availability and speed lack what works for more working people these days. Not to mention my trust level with my truck. I am taking the best care of this thing as I can and doing something myself helps me mentally know it was done and done right.
Next was the decision and research on what oil I wanted to use and why. Also which filter is good to use with synthetic and for protection to get the metals wearing through the motor trapped effectively. For this I went to the wonderful world of the internet of course. Where else can you find some actual valuable knowledge? Yes we all know everyone has an opinion on what is the best, worst, and even ugly because like butt holes everyone has an opinion.
Wading through various sites, videos, and forums for days or weeks I made the decision to stick with an oil that Ram (Chrysler/Fiat) recommends per their warranty. However, I went with the best that was available for the brand and level of viscosity per the owners manual. Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5w-20 was the one I landed on. As for the filter it seems Royal Purple is the go to as a top filter and used the one designed for my specific engine the #1048. Alright so with the decision made I went to Amazon to make the purchase since not all items I chose are locally available.
Items arrived and it was time to make an evening free to do the task at hand. Well here is where it got tricky. In Fiats infinite wisdom they made the access to the filter very tight and awkward to access. Once you get to the filter there is little room to work with and/or get a filter wrench or strap in there to turn the filter loose. From the factory the filter is put on by a machine super tight and is a bear to get loose. Needless to say I wanted to do this project quickly and figured it wouldn’t take that long and be more or less easily done.
I had purchased a filter plier type wrench and had a regular metal filter wrench as well to get it off. Ha! I tried both of those to no avail. The plier type started to slightly dent the canister so I stopped. Called it defeat for the first night as I was exhausted anyway from a long day of work and a concert we attended the night before. Figured I would go to the net for information on tips and look for a different type of tool to get the filter loose.
Tuesday. Oil change attempt #2 in the evening after work. I got a filter strap wrench from a friend near by and while it also dented the canister more it worked. I loosened it and then let it cool down some more before changing it. The rest of the process went seamlessly well sort of. As I mentioned above the filter location is crappy and many have tried tricks to help prevent a mess when changing it. I tried the gallon baggie over it so I could capture the oil as it loosened and whatever else would come down once it was off. Well, that didn’t work so hot no pun intended there. The oil was collected in the baggie but it started slipping down as it filled and while twisting the filter off at the same time it tweaked the bag even more and made the oil seep out onto the outside causing my grip with one hand to be less than ideal.
Once the filter was off the next problem was how to get it out of the tight spot easily and without a mess. No such dice for me with that. I dropped the baggie and the filter. Baggie ended up on the garage floor as did a 1/4 quart of oil and the filter landed on the suspension and then the floor of course spilling out all over. Oh well. Got the new filter on and started cleaning up the spilled oil on the truck itself and me.
New oil in the truck, new filter on. Everything looking good but then while cleaning up near the new filter I noticed it fit differently than the OEM factory one did. It was a little smaller in diameter and did not fill to the outside of the filter cup to the truck. It had me baffled that maybe I had the wrong filter but everything I checked said I didn’t. Finished clean up and took pictures of the new filter and made posts on forums for advice and peace of mind. No one had any information on this and also voiced their confusion, also said how did it compare to the factory size otherwise and if it was leaking. No leaks and when the truck was started there were and are no issues at all.
I then reached out to Royal Purple on Wednesday and asked plus sent photos of the situation for them to see and verify. I got a quick response and he also verified the correct filter was bought and used. I will paste in his reply below for information.
Thank you for writing back with that information. Our Royal Purple Extended Life Oil Filter #10-48 cross references with and is our recommended replacement for the OEM Mopar 04892339AA oil filter that you removed from your 2017 Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi engine. The reason why you are seeing this clearance on the filter mount is because our 10-48 oil filter is not as wide as the OEM Mopar 04892339AA oil filter. This is not uncommon to see from manufacturer to manufacturer a difference in the height or outside diameter (width) between the filters that cross reference with each other because of there being so much filter overlap on applications.
The main concern is making sure that the filter has the same thread size, the gasket dimensions match up, and that the by-pass valve pressure rating is in range of the manufacturer. Our Royal Purple Extended Life Oil Filter #10-48 has the same thread size as the OEM Mopar 04892339AA oil filter and best matches the gasket dimensions and by-pass valve pressure ratings of the OEM oil filter.
Functionally there is no issue using our smaller Royal Purple 10-48 oil filter in place of the OEM Mopar 04892339AA oil filter. Our Royal Purple Extended Life Oil Filter #10-48 will still be a step above the Mopar 04892339AA oil filter. Our Royal Purple Extended Life Oil Filters use a 100% screen-backed synthetic micro-glass media that provides superior filtration while keeping flow restrictions low.
Thank you for inquiring about Royal Purple, and have a great day!
Automotive, Technical Support
With what he replied with I will let it go and see what I decide to go with next time. It wasn’t bad overall and the next time the process should be quicker and easier hopefully besides clean up which I think will always suck with the oil filter aspect. The location is the killer here. The other part was the seven quarts in the pan to dispose of.
I have a Harley oil pan that contains the oil so I can take it somewhere to dump it. It was half full and no way this oil was going to fit unless I tipped it upright and went in the out spout. Had my wife hold the funnel and I started dumping it in. The pan it was in was full and as I poured into the Harley pan it was spilling everywhere. Fun times. Got it all done and garage floor cleaned up.
Looking back it was a challenge yet fun fulfilling experience and feel accomplished with it and that in the end is what matters not to mention that the truck is now well protected with a great quality oil and filter.
Because I like to add photos to all my posts there will be several added to the bottom here shortly after this posts. Thanks for reading and if you have any comments, tips, or anything feel free to send them my way.