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I'm always looking for the "better" way to do things. A few months ago, I was talking to one of my motorhead buddies and he mentioned how he always puts oil in his filter at changing time before he installs it. That way he's eliminating the "dry start". I read somewhere that putting at least a couple ounces of oil in the filter and letting it sit just a few minutes to saturate the paper, gives a much better initial flow. It all makes sense to me so that's what I've been doing. I have seen (not owned) a few filters that mount upside down, so, I suppose, you'd have to drain some back out to not make a big mess, but I haven't had any trouble with the horizontal mounted filters. I'm also putting a strong ceramic magnet on the filter body to, hopefully, collect small steel fragments. No way to check if I'm doing any good without opening up the old filter, but I'm figuring it can't hurt. Any thoughts appreciated.
 

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Adding oil to the filter before installing only matters if the filter is on the inlet to the pump side of the oiling system . As far as the magnet goes , I'm in agreement with you .

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Ya that is the way Wal-Mart does it.:sidelaugh


If that's what floats you boat go for it.:thThumbsU
 

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won't the filter oil pre-soak facilitate more accurate initial sump oil level checks just after an oil change?
Since I know how much oil is required for all my machinery, the oil that I put into the filter comes out of a quart that will be used for the oil change. I aways run the machine before using the dipstick.
 

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I'll fill the filter if it's an open-side up installation. Have done so for decades, having watched an older brother do this a good 30yrs ago.

All the pressurized engine lube applications I know of with a filter, have the filter mounted downstream of the pump, therefore, you won't get oil pressure until the filter charges with oil and starts pushing oil into the system. Good thing is, this takes just a few seconds to happen with a dry filter.

Filter changes have the potential to be so messy on a Kohler V-twin given how/where they are mounted, I've never filled those.

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I'll fill the filter if it's an open-side up installation. Have done so for decades, having watched an older brother do this a good 30yrs ago.

All the pressurized engine lube applications I know of with a filter, have the filter mounted downstream of the pump, therefore, you won't get oil pressure until the filter charges with oil and starts pushing oil into the system. Good thing is, this takes just a few seconds to happen with a dry filter.

Filter changes have the potential to be so messy on a Kohler V-twin given how/where they are mounted, I've never filled those.

Joel
What I'm doing on the Kohler V-twin is getting the paper saturated so that the flow can begin perhaps more quickly.
 

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That's what I do - and you can even leave a little extra in the filter without it spilling out the filter with the way it mounts on the Kohler Commands.
 
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