Originally Posted by sgoldste01
I'd say that if the receptacle was able to hold the drippings, then it performed its job and you shouldn't worry about it. As long as you don't get drippings all over the place, then you shouldn't be concerned.
My process is to always wipe clean any oil that I see in that receptacle, plus the filter gasket mating surface, before installing the new filter. Also, I rub clean oil on the new filter's gasket before screwing the filter in place. I tighten the filter as much as I can by hand, plus 1/4-turn more with a filter wrench.
good point about the receptacle doing it's job.
your method sounds similar to mine.
on my old Honda, i actually always only hand tightened and never had a problem with leaking. (it was in a very awkward place and always hard to remove even with hand tightening because of lack of leverage). yet, i too use the wrench for an extra bit on the Subaru since it's so easy to reach and tighten/untighten.