I replaced my motorcycles oil filter the other day and accidentally dented the outside casing of the new one putting it on.

I know its probably nothing, but would this impact the flow of oil through the filter?

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    Could you add some description -- or even a photo -- of the extent and location of the dent?
    – jscs
    Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 19:33

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In all probability it would be okay to use an oil filter with a minor dent in it, but why take an unnecessary risk? For just a few dollars you can fit a replacement oil filter where the integrity of the part is assured.

  • Yeah it probably is ok. But I stupidly did the damage after I put in the new oil and was putting on the protective cap over the filter (ironic I know) so I would have to replace the oil again to replace the filter. Haha you mean Griffith on the Gold Coast? My brother went there too
    – MeltingDog
    Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 1:36
  • Yes, Griffith. He stayed in a place called Southport.(I hope I've spelt that right:-)) Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 9:48

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