Access to Oil Filter & Drain Plug

Discussion in 'Dodge Challenger General Maintenance' started by SRT-Tom, Nov 20, 2018.

  1. IntimidatorRT

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    for my 2009 Rt I use a K&N oil filter, been using that since I bought it in 2011. as far as my 2017 Ram I use Mopar filters.
     
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    I also agree. I just changed my oil yesterday and the belly pan is a breeze to take off
     
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    Don't mind removing the belly pan on my Charger at all. It is basically the same as the one I had on my 2015 Challenger R/T. Wish it was that easy on my Jeep Grand Cherokee The pan on the Jeep is hard to remove. The access hole put in the pan is way to small and is open all the time. Looks like they meant at one time to put in a door but never did. Very hard to get the filter off and on without spilling oil all over the top of the pan.
     
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    I'm 76 and still change my own oil. It takes two pans to drain my Challenger 7 qts. and all.
     
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    Almost 72 and do so as well. Also rotate tires and do all other routine maintenance. I only use one pan and it holds up to 15 quarts.
     
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  6. SRT-Tom

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    Did you know that Wix makes the Mopar oil filters?
     
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    Interesting. Must have changed recently. I asked this specific question of Chrysler Group LLC Customer Assistance in July 2018 by e-mail. Here is the response I received:

    "Hi David,

    Thanks for your patience while I checked into this for you.

    According to available information, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)
    manufacture Mopar Oil Filters. Normally, all vendor and supplier
    information is proprietary but, as we are the manufacturer for this
    particular part, it can be provided.

    If you have any other parts & accessories related questions David, let
    me know and I'll try to answer them for you.

    All in service of the people who drive us.

    Sincerely,

    Jacob

    Customer Service Representative
    Mopar Customer Assistance"


    What is the source for your information (That Wix is the manufacturer)? Link?
     
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    I definitely know that Wix makes the SRT oil filter.

    I recall reading that it also made the standard Mopar oil filter. Maybe this has changed.
     
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    What is your source for this information? Other than the response I received from FCA, I can find nothing in writing on who manufactures Mopar filters including SRT filters.
     
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    The fact that Wix makes the SRT oil filter is common knowledge on the Viper forums.

    Here is an excerpt from one of their threads:

    “Under heavy and harsh conditions SRT engineers found concerns with a conventional filter and took the time and effort to design (along with Wix filter engineers) a very specific filter that assisted in the flow rates, pressure, etc. of the Viper V10. Many of us had the opportunity to sit in on a lengthy Tech Session years ago at a Viper Convention. Those there realized the extensive time, testing and passion that went into designing this filter and later the one for the Gen IV. The filter is not the same as a standard Wix filter, even though it fits the thread profile.”

    Also, this explanation was from an SRT engineers’ chat session:

    “The SRT oil filter for all the past engines and the new22mm inlet SRT filter for the Gen 4 and beyond engines share the same characteristics. We worked with many of the filter suppliers to get the best features. Some fell out for various performance reasons but we ended up developing the current SRT filters with one of the mainstream manufacturers (it is different than their commercial offerings- or at least was when we developed it). The high flow oil pumps in our large engines (Viper is the biggest) can overpower the internal relief valve. When this valve opens it allows some of the high pressure dirty oil to bypass the filter element in order to keep the filter from being damaged. The SRT filters do indeed have a higher differential bypass valve to make sure all the oil delivered to your power plant is clean. The housing is slightly thicker than many of the brands out there to handle the pressure but is not the thickest. The real thick ones failed our development testing (fractured at the crimped flange). The media used was one of the latest synthetics that allowed very fine filtration, more debris capacity, and much lower restriction than our standard Mopar filter (and just about every other filter out there).