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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-02-2019, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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SPICA Filter Access

I know it hasn't been covered anywhere else that I can find... newbie silly question... Am I to assume you access the Spica oil filter from beneath the car and on a Spider have to remove the horn from the bracket first??
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Do you mean the injection pump oil filter?

I just did mine, last week. I had to contort my hands and body and got to it from underneath. The horns on my car are in front of the radiator. So, nothing to do there. The engineers had no consideration for the folks who work on these things.

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Yes, Brian.. This looks like a miniature cluster-muck.. no wonder these filters don't get changed. My horn sits right on top of it to make it even more "friendly".. You can barely make out the chasm in my photo. I can't even phathom the ideas of "burping" these that some guys do. Thanks
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Be careful with the small studs and nuts to not break them.
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Be careful with the small studs and nuts to not break them.
Yep.. care is my middle name.. Book says 21 In-pounds of torque... I think I can feel that.
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Be careful with the small studs and nuts to not break them.
The general rule with the studs and nuts is to tighten figure tight and start the engine. When the oil starts to seep out around the plate slowly tighten the nuts until no more seepage.
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The general rule with the studs and nuts is to tighten figure tight and start the engine. When the oil starts to seep out around the plate slowly tighten the nuts until no more seepage.
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You can just push the horn upwards and the bracket will bend enough to get to the 3 nuts.

A small short 1/4 inch flex head ratchet works well getting to the nuts.

I also use a small pick to put down the center of the oil filter housing to make sure the check valve is free. Over 30 years I have found a few that were stuck closed. Also make sure you clean out the sludge well. If you do it before doing changing the oil you can use brake cleaner to clean it out well. Then run the car for a few minutes then change the engine oil.

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