I hand tighten mine until the lubricated seal "squeaks". It's typically 7-8 lbs.
X 2. Virtually finger tight after the seal squeaks. It's plastic. After the threads of the cap are seated all the way into the housing, further tightening just stresses the plastic. It doesn't make the O-Ring seal any better!!
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Originally Posted by Old Dogger
We all have a different way of tightening the filter on the 3.6. The factory recommends 18 ft. lbs. I lubercate the o'ring with oil and torque it to 12 ft. lbs. I have never had a issue doing this.
That's pretty much what I do. Most torque values are for threads that are not lubricated. So torquing threads with lube or residual lube to 18 ft lbs for example might actually translate to 25 ft lbs or more had the threads been dry. 10-12 ft lbs. should be plenty, mine doesn't leak torqued to that amount, do I will continue doing it that way.