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Old 01-26-2013, 08:11 PM   #1
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I'm checking to see if this is ok. I had an oil change on my 2012 Impreza at 15,000 miles. I'm now at 16,000 miles. I popped the hood to fill my windshield washer, and noticed oil around the filter. It looks like it's probably ok, but just wanted to check.

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:20 PM   #2
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Do you know for sure that it was dry at 15K?

I would remove the filter, clean up the oil, check the sealing surface for scratches and reinstall the filter.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:26 PM   #3
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Do you know for sure that it was dry at 15K?

I would remove the filter, clean up the oil, check the sealing surface for scratches and reinstall the filter.
I do not know if it was dry at 15,000 miles. I take it to the dealer to do the oil changes. I just happened to notice when I filled the windshield fluid today. I checked it by hand to make sure it was tight. It seemed to be.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:37 PM   #4
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It's most likely spillage from the old filter.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:07 PM   #5
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I just can't imagine a dealership service department leaving old oil from the previous filter in the tray like that, although some service departments do have trifling employees. I would lean towards it being not screwed on tight enough.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:01 AM   #6
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Yeah, it's one or the other: either the new filter wasn't tightened enough, or the old oil wasn't cleaned before the new filter was installed.

See if you can tighten the filter at all by hand. If you can make it turn, then the new filter wasn't tightened enough. If you can't make it turn, then it's probably old oil that wasn't cleaned away. If that's the case, I'd probably wipe it as clean as I could, and then keep an eye on it to see if more oil seeps out. If it stays clean after you wipe it, then it's fine until the next oil change.

This is a big reason why I do my own oil changes. I'm simply more meticulous about this stuff than most common grease monkeys that are paid to get as many cars through the shop as possible.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:13 AM   #7
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This is a big reason why I do my own oil changes. I'm simply more meticulous about this stuff than most common grease monkeys that are paid to get as many cars through the shop as possible.
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If you have a garage, there is really no excuse not to.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:38 AM   #8
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Well, there are several excuses not to. A person could be elderly. Or in bad health otherwise. Or not have the tools. Or not have the confidence to do it safely, and not have anyone to teach him how. I could probably go on.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:03 AM   #9
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- Lazy will be my excuse. Just kidding. Perhaps some people would rather have the dealer do scheduled maintenance until the warranty period expires.

- Good things to check according to the previous post (#6). Inclined to think the mechanic didn't clean up the old oil spilled before installing the new filter since there doesn't appear to be any evidence of oil leaving the area and getting on the engine in the photo. Either that, or it's a really slow leak considering the oil is pressurized.
Interesting to see the dealer used a Tokyo Roki filter instead of the blue Honeywell version.

Since this thread has to do with oil change, question: On FB engines, can you partially fill the filter with oil before installing it given the way it is oriented? I do this with my Mustang (fill just enough oil in the new filter almost to the point it spills out when trying to screw it onto the block) so at least the filter isn't completely empty/dry during engine start up.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:29 AM   #10
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You are supposed to add oil to the brand new filter. I add about 1/3 of a quart then roll it around a bit inside to coat the walls. It soaks up pretty quick and you can flip it over and nothing will spill out.

To OP: I would clean it just to make sure its not a leak. If you dont its probably not the end of the world. You could probably bring it back to the dealership and make them do it.

This is the first car im doing my oil changes on and i like doing them. It gives me a chance to check my engine over and its pretty quick and easy. I just installed fumoto drain valve so no more messes too. Cant wait to see next oil change.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:35 AM   #11
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^^^ Thanks. Hope the dealer techs are conscientious enough to do the same and not install them dry.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:03 AM   #12
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i've had oil around my filter as well after an oil change; just ended up cleaning the area and checking it every few weeks, ended up being no big deal, i'd just advise that you do the same.
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Techs are lazy. They did the same thing with me.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:02 AM   #14
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Well, I'm not very impressed so far.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:08 PM   #15
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I wouldn't be impressed either if they left a mess behind that so simple to clean up with a rag. Would a tech install a new filter in a pool of old oil on their own car? Doubt it.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:33 PM   #16
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Yeah, especially after what I paid for the oil changes, I would expect a little more care.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:56 PM   #17
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Well, there are several excuses not to. A person could be elderly. Or in bad health otherwise. Or not have the tools. Or not have the confidence to do it safely, and not have anyone to teach him how. I could probably go on.
Well yeah, I should've said if you have a garage and are able bodied.

Don't know how to do it or don't have the tools isn't an excuse IMO. You need a curb, or a jack, a 17mm wrench, and a hand. If you can cook a microwave dinner, you can change oil on this car.
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If you can cook a microwave dinner, you can change oil on this car.
I agree. But just because you can doesnt mean you want to. Esp in winter.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:28 PM   #19
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If you don't change your own oil you should at least inspect the work after it is done. The Quicklube places now show you your dipstick. This is to make sure they didn't forget to add oil back after they drained it, not so much to impress you.

Check under the car for leaks, check the dipstick, and check the filter and the oil fil cap. That's a good 2 minutes of time to verify that they didn't screw up.

I look over any repair not done by myself (well I actually double check after I do a job, also...) to see if there is any obvious problem.
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