Quick answer - you installed a defective filter! Every so often we
encounter the same thing, where a filter has been damaged during
manufacture (presumably by the tool that cuts the threads). You should
never use one that does not make even contact around the base when the
rubber first touches; take it back to your supplier and demand a new one!
British Sportscar Center
> From: Trevor Boicey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: MGB spin on filter alignment?
> Date: Monday, December 15, 1997 10:10 PM
> Just doing the first few things on the 1970 MGB
> project car I bought last week.
> I had a HELL of a time getting the old spin on oil
> filter off. All the time I am thinking "who the hell
> would put an oil filter on this tightly". I eventually
> had it ripped into dozens of twisted metal shards and
> was able to rip the bottom piece off using some
> improvised tools.
> However, putting on my new oil filter, I noticed that
> the threads seem off-alignment to the gasket surface. The
> front edge touched quite a lot before the back edge.
> In effect, I became a DPO because I had to torque the
> oil filter down VERY hard to make the gasket touch all
> the way around. I am not sure if I made a seal, I guess
> I will find out when I start it up. ;>
> Is there a way to fix this problem? To align the
> two surfaces somehow? Can something be bent a little?
> Trevor Boicey
> Ottawa, Canada