I know the plastic oil filter “cover” is speced to be torques to 18 ft lbs. I went to torque it today and felt it was right enough however it was less than 18 ft 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!!I hand tighten mine until the lubricated seal "squeaks". It's typically 7-8 lbs.
Exactly why I started doing the oil changes myself. Plus it’s hard to beat a synthetic oil change with MOPAR filter for 40 bucks!Snug for me too. Just enough that the flange is seated to the housing.
The more important thing is that YOU are tightening it down and not some oil change tech that wrenches it down as tight as possible!
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.