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Old 10-23-2003, 09:24 AM   #1
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Default oil change - now oil spot in parking spot?

I just had my oil changed in my 04 the other day. I noticed an oil spot on the ground. I checked my oil and the levels look fine. Is this in any way normal? Im woried the hacks over at speedy dorked my drain plug now....
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Old 10-23-2003, 10:08 AM   #2
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they probably didnt install a new crush washer, you really should do it yourself.
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Old 10-23-2003, 10:29 AM   #3
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Several possibilities come to mind:

The first is that oil spot was always there (perhaps from your old car or from another car before you), and that you are just paranoid since you've just had your oil changed.

The second possibility is that wherever you got your oil changed, they didn't remove the plastic guard from under the engine. In the 04 WRX it is pretty much impossible to remove the old oil filter without spilling oil on the guard. So the oil spot may be due to some of your old oil, which got left on the guard.

I don't really think the crush washer is the problem.

Park your car overnight with a newspaper or piece of cardboard under your car to see if your car is really leaking oil. If it is, take it back to where you got your oil changed and have them tighten everything up.
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Old 10-23-2003, 10:31 AM   #4
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I had a truck befor the WRX, which did not fit in my garage, so this is defenitly from my scooby.

Ill put a catch pan of some sort under it and see if it persists....

thanks for the input guys....
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Old 10-23-2003, 01:34 PM   #5
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if you don't put the crush washer back on with the oil change (I never have replaced mine) it will leak oil... you can check this very easily... the drain plug is easily accessible... see if their is oil around the plug.
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Old 10-23-2003, 01:59 PM   #6
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i had a very tiny drip in my oil after my oil change....i hadn't changed the crush washer yet (up to 25k miles) and decided it was tim to do that...and fixed.....start with the easiest solutions first....then work up......

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Old 10-23-2003, 02:27 PM   #7
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I've never changed the crush washer, and I've never had a leak. Go figure.
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Old 10-23-2003, 03:49 PM   #8
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I don't really think the crush washer is the problem.
Re-using the regular Subaru supplied crush washer WILL result in a leak. Been there, done that.

I have not tried substituting a copper washer, though I've re-used those on other cars for dozens of oil changes.

Just remember to get the washer when you get the filter. If you don't buy your filters from Subaru (shame, shame), order a bunch of the washers from a dealer and keep them around.
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Old 10-23-2003, 04:01 PM   #9
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Another vote for the crush washer. Although one time (first time) when I changed my oil the rubber seal that normally comes off with the filter stayed stuck around that metal where the filter screws in. Needless to say I put the new one on and tightened it up. Started the car and pow I had like 2-3 quarts of oil on my driveway. Turned the car off right away. Pulled the seal off, re drained the oil and repeated process. PITA So make sure that when you do it yourself that something so simple doesn't get overlooked.
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Old 10-23-2003, 06:20 PM   #10
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another nod to the drain plug washer.. when i buy my filters from the dealer they allways throw one in the box.. subtle? nah but they wouldnt do it if it wasnt necessary.
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Old 10-24-2003, 06:54 AM   #11
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Interesting…Every time I get an oil change I have a small drop on the garage floor over the next two or three days. Also, I smell oil during that period…..then it all goes away. I check my oil every time I fill up…no problem. I wonder why it would only do it for a couple of days?….spillage?,…. etc
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Old 10-24-2003, 10:01 AM   #12
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I can get two oil changes per crush washer, so I just started changing it everytime.

Crush washer.
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Old 10-24-2003, 10:25 AM   #13
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rut-ro do you do it yourself? If you do just make sure to wipe everything off when you are doing (oil pan & filter) If its leaking even the slightest bit it will be blatantly obvious if you look under there and check for dirt or oil you'll know if your leaking.
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Old 10-24-2003, 05:14 PM   #14
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On my old car, I changed the crush washer probably once every 4 or 5 changes. Never got any leaks.

On the WRX I change it every time, just in case
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Old 10-24-2003, 05:19 PM   #15
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Did you check the oil filter? Sometimes they don't put them on tight enough.
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Old 10-24-2003, 07:36 PM   #16
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rut-ro do you do it yourself? If you do just make sure to wipe everything off when you are doing (oil pan & filter) If its leaking even the slightest bit it will be blatantly obvious if you look under there and check for dirt or oil you'll know if your leaking.
No...I go to this Pennzoil shop here in Sudbury....very nice people; you could eat off the floor. The owner is a real car nut, I go for the conversation too... I'm going to get the washer changed net time....see what happens.
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