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Old 10-13-2010, 10:32 AM   #1
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Hey all.

Well, come to find out my car is dripping a bit of oil... enough to make maybe a quarter sized spot when I park. I'm also getting a hot burned oil smell when I get off of 215 in the afternoons. Must be dripping onto one of the exhaust manifolds.

I'm figuring the guys at the quick-lube place where the oil was changed last screwed something up. Car has less than 22,000mi... it should not be dripping oil. Checked all the fluids this morning... with the engine off and hot the oil is past the F mark on the dipstick. Looked around with a flashlight from up top, didn't see anything oily, wet or dirty. Luckily my jack and stands are here at the warehouse... will get her up in the air this afternoon and take a peak underneath.

This leads to my question... considering the low mileage the engine should still be under warranty. (5yr/60,000mi... right?) I'm thinking of taking it to one of the local dealers on Saturday and getting them to take a look at it.

Any particular dealer in SLC that you guys recommend for service? Any to avoid?

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Old 10-13-2010, 10:34 AM   #2
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Are you the second owner?
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:36 AM   #3
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Yes, bought it used about a month ago.
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:38 AM   #4
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I don't think the warranty transfers. I'd take it to solid.
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:43 AM   #5
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I don't think the warranty transfers. I'd take it to solid.
Seriously? Every other used car I've bought has had the factory warranty active as long as it is under the years/miles. Is there a website with warranty info on it? I didn't get any books with the car.

Also... what/where is "solid"?
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:50 AM   #6
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Try to use the warranty first.I would go to mark miller but other's will have their own opinion.Nate wade is another you will hear also.

Solid is local and they have probably damn near worked on everybody's car that is in this reigon.Give them a call but if some guy named Brody answers tell him you want to talk to somebody that know's what they are doing.
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:52 AM   #7
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Give them a call but if some guy named Brody answers tell him you want to talk to somebody that know's what they are doing.
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:58 AM   #8
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dont go to nate wade they will just jerk you around and not in the good way
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:24 PM   #9
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did you just change oil, I bet it's because you didn't change out the crush washer on the drain plug. I had the same problem on my STi the crush washers cost less than a dollar. I went to the dealer and bought 3 of them for future use. Well after putting a new one in, no more leak.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:29 PM   #10
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I think Nate Wade does good for service. If your out of warranty go to solid. But like Bitch4life says, dont talk to brody. He doesnt know whats going on.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:38 PM   #11
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I think Nate Wade does good for service. If your out of warranty go to solid. But like Bitch4life says, dont talk to brody. He doesnt know whats going on.
+1 for Nate Wade, if I was going to get work done on my car that's where I took it. They did work on my rs because there was a bad bearing in the tranny and I first took it to Tanner Transmissions and they couldn't find the parts and wanted me to pay for a used transmission. This was a 2008 RS and it was only 2007 so I don't know what there deal was. I took it to Nate Wade and got a new clutch put in since I was at 60,000 miles and they were not going to charge me extra in labor since they were already going to have the transmission off. I got my car back the next day and everything was fixed. I also traded in the RS for an STi back in 2008 at Nate Wade and I never had problems with the car and when I felt lazy I got them to change the oil since I had Subaru bucks because I bought my car from them.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:46 PM   #12
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The only time I took my car to nate wade was in 2004. I was having over heating issues with my wrx. I originally took it to LHM. They told me it probably needed head gaskets. I didnt believe them. Took it to Nate Wade. They said the coolant line going to the turbo was leaking and getting air, causing it to over heat. Charged me very little and was out the door same day.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:50 PM   #13
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Nate Wade -------->period
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:51 PM   #14
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did you just change oil, I bet it's because you didn't change out the crush washer on the drain plug. I had the same problem on my STi the crush washers cost less than a dollar. I went to the dealer and bought 3 of them for future use. Well after putting a new one in, no more leak.
The oil was changed at one of those quick-lube places the day I took delivery of the car. I've never heard of a "crush washer" before and I'll wager the guys at quick-lube haven't either. Sounds like this may be my problem. I'll jack the car up here in a few hours and take a look at the oil pan.

Generally I prefer to do my own oil changes or have them done by the dealer, but since my apartment complex doesn't allow us to work on cars in the lot I have to come out to the warehouse and sit around while the car cools down if I want to do any work.

Thanks for the tip!
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:52 PM   #15
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:23 PM   #16
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I reused my crush washer for 3-4 changes and then I got a six pack of subaru filters and crush washers... Never had an issue but a lot of the time it's the culprit.
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:48 PM   #17
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Unfortunately the car was a repo... so I didn't get any kind of paperwork with it. I prefer to have some sort of history but with such low miles I didn't think I had much to worry about.

Just checked the oil again, engine cold... was slightly above the F. So I'm thinking that combination overfilling and old crush washer is causing my drip.
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Old 10-13-2010, 02:07 PM   #18
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I bought my 08 WRX Used,, I have had itin the dealer 3 times now and have not paid a dime. So yes warenty does transfer.
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:10 PM   #19
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1) Yeah check the crush washer, avoid trips to the dealer when you can

2) If you're going to take it to any dealer for service, take it to Nate Wade. Yeah the dealer is likely to charge you more than other places, but Nate Wade does awesome work, they're on top of their game, they're used to modified cars rolling in, and I feel like they respect your car, which I can't say for many other places. Going to the dealer is never for a fun reason (unless you're buying), but after dabbling with the other local dealers, Nate Wade is #1 by far....for service/parts (can't speak for sales/etc).

3) If you take it to any non-dealer, take it to Solid Autoworks. They know Subarus inside-out and backwards, and again, these guys respect the car.
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:18 PM   #20
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My wallet would definitely love to avoid dealer trips... unfortunately sometimes it just has to be done to find a competent mechanic. I figured with the number of Subarus in this town all the shops would be familiar with them... guess not.

Car isn't modded in any way... haven't even done the tint yet. I do have a WRX axle-back sitting in the closet at home and some rally armor mudflaps on order... that's probably all that is going to get done before next year.

From what everyone has said it looks like I'll be calling Nate Wade and making an appointment for Saturday morning.
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Old 10-14-2010, 02:39 PM   #21
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Well, finally got up underneath far enough to find the leak. Looks like it is coming from the filter itself. Drips off the bottom of the filter and hits the exhaust manifold before coming down to the pavement. Probably a pinched seal on the filter.
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Old 10-14-2010, 03:52 PM   #22
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Nate Wade's service department has always been good to me. But if your warranty is up go to Solid.
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Old 10-14-2010, 04:44 PM   #23
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larry miller was good while it was there. They always did everything I asked to a T. I am pretty sure there isnt a manufacturers warranty for a vehicle that doesn't transfer. Even the Aston Martin Warranty transfers.
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:11 PM   #24
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Nate Wade took a look at it this morning. Filter was improperly put on. New filter, new oil, new crush washer, installed properly, problem solved.

On a related matter... has anyone done tests on the new Subaru brand synthetic 5W-30? I had them put that in b/c it was $10 cheaper than the other choices (Valvoline and Mobil).

Also, was going to buy a new remote today... as the car only came with one. Dealer wants $120 + $40 to program. That seem outrageous to anyone else?
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