can an oil filter be replaced the wrong way round?

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  • F
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yeh, you can put them on inside out if you’re not careful.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    With great difficulty.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Not really. Can be cross threaded, overtightened, sides can be punched  by using wrong tool. Or the old O ring can still be there.. All  cause leaks--always Check For Leaks after each oil filter change. Stop engine immediately if you see one.

      A drop in type can only go in one way. Its element can be damaged, the cover and tube might not be assembled right. O rings on these can slip out if not careful. I had an  old Honda with this type, it fit  over oil cooler adapter. Each time, I'd have to replace Both  O-rings. And be careful the  adapter did not slip  when tightening. 

  • 1 month ago

    The Devil has best answer

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  • garry
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    how do you screw in a sealed end !!!! others us if mesh filter , how do you stop the junk coming out of it if it is replaced . yes you can put them in backwards if there a mesh type .. but wont work as filter as good .

  • 1 month ago

    As much as like putting a condom on backwards.

  • 1 month ago

    No, the canisters pump oil "thru" them, not from one end to the other.

  • 1 month ago

    What's the wrong way around? There's only one spot with threads to screw the filter onto the oil filter housing. If you have a car with a paper filter read the directions.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No.  They were thinking about people like you.

  • 1 month ago

    That depends. 

    There are two basic designs.    One is a metal canister (that has the filter element inside)  this screws on just one way. 

    The other is a filter element that sits in a housing,  it would be possible to force this one in the wrong way. 

    BTW:  

    In regards to design one above,  you have to check the old filter to make sure the rubber seal came out and is with it.  Don't reinstall a new one over an old seal.  Also put some oil on the seal and hand tighten it. 

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