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Old 01-19-2011, 12:16 PM   #1
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Ok here goes. first off... its a pain in the a$$ job that requires patience and a bit of arm strength. 95 xj btw


oh and your working with about 1 1/2 inches of clearance between the bolt and the frame


what you will need... grinder. T60 torx bit. vice grips. BFH. carb or brake parts cleaner. new oil filter. new oil filter housing o ring gaskets (had to get them from a dealer as n autoparts store has them)



first. wearing safety glasses of course. you must grind a flat on either side of the torx bit as nobody in the tidewater area has any clue what your talkin about and cant sell you the right part....... anyways. thats where the vice grips come in. put them on with a force over the flats to ensure that there wont be any slippage.




that would be the desired bolt. this is from the underside. its impossible to get to from the top.




attach the vice grips to the grinded torx bit and make doubly sure that the bit is in the hole very tighly and take an 18mm wrench lik shown above and pull as hard as you can tobreak the bolt loose. its a b!tch.



after you get it off. remove the filter and knock out this center bolt with your BFH.



these are the old gaskets. they looked and felt absolutely fine. looking at it now i believe it was my old oil filter. it was some how smashed and dented.



that cant be safe haha it was most likely the problem but more experience is always welcomed here. so for future reference always replace the filter first and if the problem persists then move one to the housing.



retaining bolt. where you place the gaskets is pretty self explanatory. small one in the middle of the bolt. medium one on the top section. and large one on the housing itself. and as always make sure all gasket surfaces are clean and use a bead of oil to keep the large gasket in place upon putting it back in.



new gaskets from thedealer as no one else sells them.

ok so thats a pretty basic walk through. if you have anymore questions please PM me. oh and a good tip when loosening or startig the bolt. spin the whole housing and bolt. then hold the bolt and do it again. i hope that makes sense to you like it did me. good luck
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Good writeup.


But remember, there not all t60 bolts. Some are hex bolts and Allen bolts.
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also it's referred to as the "oil filter ADAPTER"
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Good writeup.


But remember, there not all t60 bolts. Some are hex bolts and Allen bolts.

yea i know but its a 95 cherokee and all the research ive done says that year has the t60. but i know the earlier years have the 9/16 allen key.
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yea i know but its a 95 cherokee and all the research ive done says that year has the t60. but i know the earlier years have the 9/16 allen key.
and there is some with a standard hex head bolt.
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did this really need a writeup? lol
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It's a good reference. Someday when a rook comes along and decides to use the all mighty search button, this thread will emerge.
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no it didnt really need a write up haha but i felt the need to do one and since i forgot to do one on the axle swap i figured that this was a good secong haha and someone on the thread im viewing just asked for one so i win. for once.. haha
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Definitely useful writeup......it just helped me. I will add you can remove the engine mount to frame bolt and fit a ratchet on the torx bit. Thanks again for the writeup
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I will add to KY2008's post to remove to starter for additional room for removal and leverage area for your wrench. I also bought a Torx bit socket that you can remove the Bit itself from the socket. This allows you to use a wrench on it where you don't have the room between the housing and frame to use the full socket with a ratchet.
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O'Reilly does have a gasket kit in stock. at least the closest one to me did.
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did this really need a writeup? lol
Yes it did because I never done one and it was very helpful
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