How to Correctly Install an Oil Filter Relocation
If you're planning on moving your oil filter to a more accessible location, we recommend using an oil filter relocation kit. The following steps should show you how to correctly install an oil filter relocation kit.
Difficulty level: Difficult
Tools you'll need:
- Crescent wrench
- Vice-grips or a screwdriver
- Small hand drill (electric)
- Teflon tape
- Small basin
Step 1: Park your vehicle on level ground and let the engine cool for a few minutes.
Step 2: Locate your oil filter assembly and drain your ride's oil supply. Catch the oil flow using a small basin.
Step 3: Remove your old oil filter and dispose of it properly.
Step 4:. Take your oil bypass adapter and install it in the old filter's place. The adapter has to be as tightly installed as your old filter. It should also have contact with the assembly's sealing surface.
Step 5: Find the best spot for your new filter base. Make sure the hoses included in the kit are long enough to reach the filter base. Good locations for your new filter base include your ride's frame, firewall, or fenderwell.
Step 6: Once you've found the right spot, mount the filter base into place.
Step 7: Use your remote filter as a guide by marking its mounting holes. Drill holes using your small hand drill. In most vehicles, you'll need to use a 5/16" drill bit. Make sure you're not hitting any wiring.
Step 8: Install the hoses. In installing your hoses, start by taking Teflon tape and wrapping it around the hose's male fitting. There should be, at most, three layers of tape on the fitting. Screw the fitting into the oil bypass adapter and attach to the remote filter base. You can do this by, once again, wrapping Teflon tape around the fitting and inserting the male fitting into the hole marked as "IN". Do the same with the second hose, but this time, connect it to the oil bypass adapter marked "OUT".
Step 9: Using your wrench, tighten all fittings on the adapter and the remote filter base.
Step 10:. Install your new oil filter. Spin the new filter until it's as tightly installed as your original filter.
Step 11: Add engine oil to your vehicle.
After installing your oil filter bypass valve and remote filter base, we recommend taking your vehicle for a test drive. If the oil pressure warning light stays on, immediately stop your engine and check on your hoses and your oil levels. It's either you're low on oil or your hoses aren't connected properly. If you can't find the problem, ask for immediate assistance from your local mechanic.