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Old 02-14-2016, 08:46 PM   #1
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Oil Filter Adaptor Gasket - sealant?

I've finally tired of the oil leak onto my garage floor from the oil filter adaptor , and ordered a new gasket (Felpro 70801). Does this gasket need any kind of sealer? Also, does anyone know what the torque specs are for the adaptor bolts?
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:10 PM   #2
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Re: Oil Filter Adaptor Gasket - sealant?

shoudnt need any sealer, just double check the gasket against both the block and the adapter as it seems some part sytems have their numbers mixed up and the coolant port is the wrong shape/size in the case
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:02 AM   #3
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Re: Oil Filter Adaptor Gasket - sealant?

18 ft lbs no sealant. Like DSG stated make sure you have the right gasket. Mine is BLUE!
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Old 02-15-2016, 11:51 AM   #4
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Re: Oil Filter Adaptor Gasket - sealant?

pretty sure mine needs this as well....ugh
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:52 PM   #5
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Re: Oil Filter Adaptor Gasket - sealant?

70801 is the correct gasket. Don't let the auto parts store tell you its not. They all list the incorrect part number.

No sealer needed.
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Old 02-28-2018, 10:19 AM   #6
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Re: Oil Filter Adaptor Gasket - sealant?

Mine is leaking and I looked up under the car to see how bad the job will be yesterday. I can only see 3 bolts. So I have a couple of questions:

1) Did you guys have to remove any other engine accessories to make room to remove the oil filter adapter? Or will it come out without moving anything else?

2) Has anybody had success crimping off the radiator hose so that you don't lose as much coolant and don't need as much to refill the radiator?

3) When you refill the coolant, what is the proper method? I've seen it done totally through the reservoir, and I've also seen it done through the intake crossover.
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Old 03-02-2018, 05:14 PM   #7
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Re: Oil Filter Adaptor Gasket - sealant?

This is a pretty straight forward job. Not sure about crimping or plugging the rad hose....I just let it drain. You shouldnt loose a whole lot.

No other accessories should need to be removed. Just drain your oil, remove the oil filter, disconnect the radiator hose and let that drain. Remove the adapter, replace the gasket, reconnect rad hose, put on new oil filter (or reuse the old one if relatively new). Refill engine with oil.....then burp your coolant system. Search the forums....the proper steps are somewhere in here.
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Old 03-03-2018, 07:32 AM   #8
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Re: Oil Filter Adaptor Gasket - sealant?

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This is a pretty straight forward job. Not sure about crimping or plugging the rad hose....I just let it drain. You shouldnt loose a whole lot.

No other accessories should need to be removed. Just drain your oil, remove the oil filter, disconnect the radiator hose and let that drain. Remove the adapter, replace the gasket, reconnect rad hose, put on new oil filter (or reuse the old one if relatively new). Refill engine with oil.....then burp your coolant system. Search the forums....the proper steps are somewhere in here.
Why do you have to drain the oil?
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Old 03-03-2018, 09:17 AM   #9
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Re: Oil Filter Adaptor Gasket - sealant?

I guess its not required, but you are going to lose some oil when removing the filter....so why not.
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:36 PM   #10
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Re: Oil Filter Adaptor Gasket - sealant?

Well just to update, I did get the gasket replaced and so far she looks dry as a bone. I also changed the oil and oil filter, and took a sample of the old oil which I'll send off to Blackstone Labs this week. Will be interesting to see how she's holding up with 129,500 miles on junk (in my opinion) 5W20 oil. The stuff runs out like water.

Anyway..... regarding question #3 from my post above, the owners manual states to fill the car through the reservoir, heat it up, let it cool all the way down, then fill through the reservoir. Repeat this process until coolant doesn't drain from the reservoir. Well, that did NOT work in my case. Car got really hot about 2 miles out of town and I had to pull over and stop the engine. After she cooled I made the final 1 mile home and she was about 3/4 of the way up the temp gauge. Never got into the "red zone" but she did get hot. After she cooled down, the reservoir was full. I pulled the plug from the intake crossover and it was empty. I added a full gallon of coolant and water.

So apparently, you have to fill completely full at the crossover AND reservoir, THEN follow the instructions in the owners manual and keep topping off at the reservoir until you're good to go.

Just a FYI in case somebody else does this job on their car.
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Old 03-05-2018, 10:06 PM   #11
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Re: Oil Filter Adaptor Gasket - sealant?

Had the same thing happen to me on an '01 Cobra after changing thermostat...scary when that needle just keeps moving! Took me several cycles of filling the tube, running it a little, cool off, etc.
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Re: Oil Filter Adaptor Gasket - sealant?

I've done the process numerous times, used the process in this link with very good results.

https://www.reischeperformance.com/refill.html

I have a copy of that printed out and in my glove box for the rare case I take it to a shop and they're doing work that involves draining coolant. But normally, I try to do all my own if I have the time and inclination.
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