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Old 05-19-2001, 08:35 AM   #1
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Question Stupid Oil Change Question

Okay, I'm an idiot

I decided to change the oil in my car (my very first oil change). Everything is going great (aside from half the oil missing the drain pan), until I'm putting on my new filter.

I dented the bottom edge of the filter in to create a dimple about 1/4" deep. It was enough to put a tiny crease where the edge of the dimple meets the undented area. I didn't notice this until I'd already filled it up with the new oil. *sigh*

It seems to be okay (nothing appears to be leaking...took it out for a drive and still no visible leakage), but I'm considering starting over again because I'm paranoid that I'll lose all my oil and have a bad thing happen.

I don't want to have to go buy 5 new quarts or Redline and a new Purolator filter, but it sure would be a lot cheaper than buying a new engine.

Anyone have any advice or experience in this matter?
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Old 05-19-2001, 08:44 AM   #2
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You could try draining the oil into a nice clean catch pan and then reuse it. That way you'll only be down the price of the filter + about one quart of oil (whatever is in the old filter). This should give you piece of mind and shouldn't break the bank.
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Old 05-19-2001, 08:52 AM   #3
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^^^^^ Sounds like a good plan to me
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Old 05-19-2001, 09:32 AM   #4
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*smacks my forehead*

BilboWRX, you are a genius! Thanks!
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Old 05-19-2001, 09:34 AM   #5
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can't you just change your filter with out draining all the oil? this way you only loose maybe half a quart of oil.

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Old 05-19-2001, 11:07 AM   #6
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Yes, the filter is above the level of the oil pan.

Just unscrew the filter, when the car is cold. You'll only lose the oil that's in the filter, and the bit that's in the engine.
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Old 05-19-2001, 01:03 PM   #7
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A lot of people who use Redline oils, just remove/change the oil filter at 3,000 miles and top off the little oil that is missing. Then they send a sample of the oil in for testing. Once the test results reach a certain level, they will change the oil...
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Old 05-19-2001, 09:23 PM   #8
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Great! That's even better (the filter being above the pan).

It still doesn't seem to be leaking, but it does seem to be "bleeding" a bit. I just picked up a new filter, so I'll swap it out tomorrow morning. Thank you all for the great advice. I'm going to try it without draining the entire thing first since I bought an extra quart anyways.

I love that I can come here, bask in my gross ignorance and not be ridiculed. Thanks again, everyone, for the help and suggestions!
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