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Old 10-12-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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Hey all.

07 2.5i with ~22,000 on the clock. Is dripping just a bit of oil... enough to make say a quarter sized spot on the pavement when I park it. Also, after a 10-15min freeway run (65-75) when stopping on the off-ramp I get a whiff of burning oil for a few seconds.

Had the car for about a month and a half now. I check the fluids every week, oil is not low.

Perhaps it has been overfilled? I bought it from a mom-and-pop used car dealership so they had the oil changed at one of those quick-lube places the day I took delivery.

Advice here? Should I take it to a reputable shop (or even a Subaru dealer) and have it checked out? I believe the engine should still be under warranty... (5yr/60,000mi right?)

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Old 10-12-2010, 07:52 PM   #2
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Yes, a car with that few of miles and no modifications im guessing, smartest thing would be to take it to a dealer just to be safe. Im guessing its something stupid like you said, maybe overfilled, bc there is no way that block should be leaking oil anywhere yet with only 20 some thousand on it.
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:55 PM   #3
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^^ Don't say that, my 07 2.5i f wagon, bought brand new and serviced by myself oil change wise, is starting to develop a leak somewhere near the oil filter. I have yet to track down the issue, local suby guys tell me to check the valve cover gaskets and such.

I have 37K on the car, I doubt my UEL catless exhuast setup has anything to do with it.
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:20 AM   #4
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Drove to the warehouse this morning, parked and immediately checked the oil.

Engine off, still hot, oil reading is above the F on the dipstick... it's up to the little notch right before the dipstick twists. I'm thinking too full?

Also checked everywhere I could see from up top with a flashlight... nothing appears to be wet, oily or dirty. Which leads me to my next question...

Where the crap is the oil filter on these things?

Maybe I'm just blind but I couldn't see anything from up top that looked like an oil filter.

I've got my jack and stands here at the warehouse... so I'll get her up in the air this afternoon and take a peak underneath.
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:33 PM   #5
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oil filter is underneath.
did you wipe off the dipstick, put it back in, & check it again?
that high up on the stick sounds like you didn't. if it's that overfilled you better drain it quick or you're going to have a real leak soon.
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:44 PM   #6
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oil filter is underneath.
did you wipe off the dipstick, put it back in, & check it again?
that high up on the stick sounds like you didn't. if it's that overfilled you better drain it quick or you're going to have a real leak soon.
Wiped off dipstick, put back in, and rechecked 3 times.

Just checked it again, engine cold... it just a hair past the F now.

Spoke to a few locals... they say that the drips may be coming from the oil pan... quick lube guys probably didn't replace the crush washer when they changed the oil. I was up under the car the day after I took delivery, everything was clean and dry then... so something has developed in the last month.

I'm thinking it may be a combination of overfilled and old crush washer. Am going to call a local dealer and get an appointment for them to look it over and do a proper oil change on Saturday.
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:54 PM   #7
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honestly, i'd quickly get the level down. worry about the crush washer if you see oil coming from there. i have an 07 block & pan. i never use a washer & have no problems.
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:41 PM   #8
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honestly, i'd quickly get the level down. worry about the crush washer if you see oil coming from there. i have an 07 block & pan. i never use a washer & have no problems.
Just get a bunch of crush washers from the dealership...... It's not like they cost $Texas.
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:47 PM   #9
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It's not overfilled. When hot, the full mark is the notch on your dipstick. Oil does expand when hot/aerated. Get under there and look around, we cannot look for you. Any ideas would be purely speculation. Re-used crush washers can leak, all you gotta do is look at the drain plug to see if it's oily.
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:10 PM   #10
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sorry, i missed the part where you said it was at the notch. i read it as above full up to right before the bend. you're right that's not over.
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Old 10-14-2010, 02:37 PM   #11
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Finally got under the thing far enough to find the drip. It appears to be leaking around the oil filter itself. Drips off the bottom of the filter and hits the exhaust manifold right there before coming down to the pavement. Probably a pinched seal on the filter. Gonna take it to the dealer Saturday morning and have them do the oil change right.
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Old 10-14-2010, 03:07 PM   #12
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Couple things to look for if it's NOT the filter itself. Check the oil cooler (the thing the filter is attached to), sometimes they can leak and just need to be snugged down. The other thing to check if it's coming from above the oil filter (sometimes it's tough to see) is the timing cover. It's not uncommon for seals to leak and my car was leaking since 30K miles and it was a loose wrist pin access plug. Cam seals are pretty common too.
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:03 PM   #13
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Dealer looked it over this morning. Filter was put on improperly. New oil, new filter, installed by a tech that actually knows what they are doing... problem solved.

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Old 10-19-2010, 09:40 AM   #14
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Wow who put the last filter on?

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Dealer looked it over this morning. Filter was put on improperly. New oil, new filter, installed by a tech that actually knows what they are doing... problem solved.

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