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Can I change the oil filter without draining the oil?

I'm in the midst of an oil change, I drained, swapped the filter and am in the process of refilling. I came here to double check capacity, and reading through a post I realize I forgot to lubricate the rubber gasket on the new filter. Maybe not a big deal but maybe I can still remove it without worrying about oil leaking out? So far I put 3 qtz back in, haven't run the engine yet...

So can I remove the filter with the oil pan 3 quarters full?

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I'm in the midst of an oil change, I drained, swapped the filter and am in the process of refilling. I came here to double check capacity, and reading through a post I realize I forgot to lubricate the rubber gasket on the new filter. Maybe not a big deal but maybe I can still remove it without worrying about oil leaking out? So far I put 3 qtz back in, haven't run the engine yet...

So can I remove the filter with the oil pan 3 quarters full?

Thx
Guess what...I tried, you can no issues...
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Not sure about this, I think you could remove the filter without oil loss but...

Don't worry about oiling the gasket. Better too? Yes, but it is not that big of a deal. Many filters come with a thin oiling already (I know the K&N filter does, I just did my oil last night and noticed such).

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The filter relies on oil being pumped through it to work, so as long as the engine is off, it won't get flow. You won't dump all your oil out the filter hole.

Done it on both a bike and car, both times the only oil lost was what was in the filter.

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Last time I changed mine, the FI light stayed on for awhile unit oil had pumped a few cycles thru filter. I don't remember seeing this before but don't trust my memory either.

I would not worry about greasing gasket this time but you must always lick your lips before planting a wet one on momma.
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I'm in the midst of an oil change, I drained, swapped the filter and am in the process of refilling. I came here to double check capacity, and reading through a post I realize I forgot to lubricate the rubber gasket on the new filter. Maybe not a big deal but maybe I can still remove it without worrying about oil leaking out? So far I put 3 qtz back in, haven't run the engine yet...

So can I remove the filter with the oil pan 3 quarters full?

Thx
The only reason you need to put oil on the filter is to keep the o-ring from cutting or roll out of place while installing it.
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Last time I changed mine, the FI light stayed on for awhile unit oil had pumped a few cycles thru filter. I don't remember seeing this before but don't trust my memory either.

I would not worry about greasing gasket this time but you must always lick your lips before planting a wet one on momma.
That was probably your oil light which is right next to the FI light....at least it is on my bike 900 Classic. That's normal.

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