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Old 05-20-2008, 09:51 PM   #1
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so i have this friend, and his oil filter regularly has a small amount of oil on it - even after it has been wiped off a few days prior. the oil levels remain constant, the filter is hand tight ( cannot go past 1/2 full turn after filter begins to grab ) and he is using the subaru oem filters. any advice that i can give him? he says that the oil never drips onto his parking spot, its just like oily condensation on the filter. this happen to anyone else? thanks all!
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:04 PM   #2
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Over tightening, lose filter, an oil leak elsewhere.... . Do you know how much the filters cost and if they are bought at Byers or Hatfield? Have someone stronger check and see if the filter is tight enough.
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:06 PM   #3
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he said they were bought from subiegenuine parts. well kepp an eye on it.
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:22 PM   #4
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Try checking the oil pump or timing belt cover these leaks would also seep to the oil filter.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:55 PM   #5
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Tell your friend make sure the surface of which the oil filter o-ring seats on is clean and lube the o-ring before he screws on the filter. A thin coat of oil around the filter is normal. When you see a drop of oil coming out of it, then there's a problem.
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:33 PM   #6
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just had this problem. my old filter was tightened too much. i changed the filter and only tightened by hand and no leaks anymore.
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:20 PM   #7
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This is kinda dumb but did you make sure the old "O" ring was removed?

Next time you change the filter try checking the surface for nicks and debris where the "O" ring touches on the oil pan. Other than checking the engine bay for other leaks, I really have no clue. Try using something like isopropyl alcohol on a rag and wipe the filter clean of the oil that is showing up. Even though you wipe it off you might just be getting the dirt sticking to the oil.
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Old 05-24-2008, 08:01 PM   #8
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thanks for all the input guys. the filter was lubed as we put it on, and as for an old o ring, i only thought that the crush washer got changed each oil change. the ring of the filter is like fixed into the filter and the part where it makes contact with the other ring is grey and non removable. we did however, just wipe that ring clean...maybe there was some crud in there.

i have read to screw the filter on until it starts to meet with that greay oring, then go another half turn. well, we were unable to turn it that full half a turn, and we didnt want to over tighten it with the oil wrench. eh, the level has been good, well just have to wait for another 1k mi to change it again. it just sucks cuase, the filter has been bone dry on the outside the last few times we did it. thanks again all!
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