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Well maybe I will.

But seriously, do we know how well the filter seals at the ends if the cap isn't snug? I don't have a full picture of the mating surfaces and how the bypass valve works.
That's a good point.

But, tightening the cap more than is needed is not going to help any.
 

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I welcome all participants of this forum and other owners of cars. I want to share the experience uses of my Chrysler Town & Country 2016 car with the Pentastar 3.6 engine.

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Once I’ve gone to travel on our minivan with the family and dog. We had to pass about 3500 miles.
Approximately through 500 miles we’ve stopped for rest and I’ve noticed oil pool under car. The engine has been switched off, but oil continued to drip on the road. I’ve opened hood and was just in state of shock — oil seemed everywhere! Level of oil was crucially small.

I’ve understood that to continue the movement already it won’t turn out in any way and it is necessary to evacuate the car to the place of repair.

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Car mileage before trip was only 59000 miles. Replacement of oil was on 53000 miles.
Before repair I’ve decided to look for the possible reason of such strong leak on the Internet. Search of the damaged knot has also brought me on this forum. Here I’ve also learned about that, with this problem meet just huge number of users of cars similar engines.

This problem is solved by replacement of oil strainer housing assembled. Unfortunately, reliability of knot is insufficient and this decision – temporary and doesn’t guarantee disposal of oil leak forever. Also there are very frequent breakages of this housing when tightening or untwisting plug of the oil filter housing. The case can leak at any moment and at any run. And you won’t know when it’s necessary to change this knot again and on how many far you will be from the service station. The leak can be so strong that the engine will lose very quickly oil and it will be impossible to continue the movement. Your trip can suddenly stop because of this breakage.

Replacement of knot beforehand also won’t give any guarantees.

It’s sure that the producer knows the plant about this problem, but in 10 years of release of Pentastar hasn’t proposed the solution.
The design of housing of the filter, which was changed by the producer in 2014, hasn’t helped with reliability in any way. I will remind that my case has spontaneously leaked at 59000 miles. The decision is possible only one here - replacement of material of production of this detail. Only it will give the necessary strength, ruggedness, thermal stability and durability to knot in general. Only thus it is possible to provide the necessary reliability and forever to forget about this problem.

As I very much like my car, and will continue to operate it further, I want to make aluminum detail instead of plastic one.

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The housing will be manufactured of massive aluminum plate by method of milling and will be compatible to other details making knot.

Works have already been conducted and somewhere by the beginning of spring I will be able to carry out tests on the car. If tests are successful, this problem will be solved completely and for a long time.

It’s interesting to get know your opinion on my option of increase in reliability Pentastar.
 

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Sorry for the long absence. Work and business trips.

During this time I prepared a 3D model. There was an idea to make a prototype in plastic first. I do not know if this is correct. What do you think? Or in the metal?

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My 2014 T&C with 66,000 miles recently started leaking oil. I noticed a pool spots on the driveway and then backtracked and found it pooling on top of the transmission housing. I'm losing approximately a 1 quart of oil every few months and I am worried the oil will ignite - posing a serious threat to my family.

I am the original owner and bought the car new in February of 2014.

Unfortunately the van has aged out of the 5yr/100,000 mile power train warranty (way under the mileage though). I cannot help thinking that Chrysler is on the hook for the repair as it seems they've known the oil filter housing/oil cooler was defective for almost as long as I've owned the van. I've filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and am waiting for a reply.

As a loyal owner of Chrysler T&C vans I would appreciate feedback from a "Chrysler Cares" representative as to the next step of how they will proceed to fix this glaring issue in craftsmanship.
 

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Having the same issue. Leaks and the fix is to replace the entire housing. Mechanic told me even with the new part it's just a matter of time before the same thing happens...terrible design....
 

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While I agree it's a terrible design, the chances that it will happen again are slim, unless your oil changes are performed by careless individuals. Is yours an early build 2014?
 

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Having the same issue. Leaks and the fix is to replace the entire housing. Mechanic told me even with the new part it's just a matter of time before the same thing happens...terrible design....
Your mechanic is right - it's a matter of time. And no one can say for sure when it will come. After all, the oil leak occurs not only because the filter is tightly screwed, but the problem lies in the housing itself.
 

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Of course, there is nothing eternal. But with a new filter housing you can go on a trip. And it’s important not to think about oil leakage.

I haven't replaced it on either my 2012 T&C or on my 2017 DGC.

I wouldn't replace it as P.M. either, very bad idea.

I wouldn't even buy one as spare, you may never need it.

I travel a lot, a lot, never ever think on a possible leakage either.
 

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Of course, there is nothing eternal. But with a new filter housing you can go on a trip. And it’s important not to think about oil leakage.
If you worry about it so much to the point of making a CAD model of the housing, why not do the oil changes yourself to ensure it's done right, or find a more competent mechanic?
 

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If you worry about it so much to the point of making a CAD model of the housing, why not do the oil changes yourself to ensure it's done right, or find a more competent mechanic?

Doing it yourself doesn't necessarily means is done right, you know, you see all kind of weird stuff done by DIY's. 🤣

See, I already saw many pictures here on this site that people are proud to show, but not done the best possible way, really.
 

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Doing it yourself doesn't necessarily means is done right, you know, you see all kind of weird stuff done by DIY's. 🤣

See, I already saw many pictures here on this site that people are proud to show, but not done the best possible way, really.
Agreed, but we're talking here about a simple oil change. If one has time designing a new housing in CAD, one sure could use some of that time to educate themselves about vehicle maintenance. And if he feels competent enough for designing a new housing, well, he should be competent enough to change the oil properly.
But maybe not, I've known good engineers that could not turn a wrench if their life depended on it.
 
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