oil filter housing
Hi. I'm new to this jeep world. Bought a 2013 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 3.6 V6 about 6 months ago. I need some advice from all those that change their oil themselves. When I took the old oil filter out, there was a small black 4 prong plastic piece in the top of the filter. (Not talking about the 4 prongs on top of the filter that holds the filter to the cap). It looks like this black plastic piece would sit on top of the spring loaded rod in the center of the filter housing unit and snap into the little center hole of the filter. The new filter had the small hole in the center of the top where the filter attaches to the cap but no black plastic piece. I took the plastic piece out of the old filter and put it up through the inside of the new filter and snapped the 4 prongs into the small hole. But this brand's filter seemed like the hole was a little bigger and the plastic piece seemed really loose. Like an idiot, I thought I could stretch those prongs out a little bit....wrong. One prong broke off. I went to a Dealer to buy a new Black plastic piece and they told me that plastic piece is part of the spring rod that is in the center of the filter housing. I would have to buy a complete new housing unit (about $200) and to replace it you need to remove the intake. Am I screwed? I bought a dealer oil filter and the black plastic piece fits kind of tight with only 3 prongs. Think this is safe?
I'd sure be cautious! I recently read of a guy that put a '13 filter in a '14, burned up the motor, and was denied warranty due to the wrong filter. If it was me, I'd cough up the coin and either fix it myself or take in to the dealer for the correct fix.
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