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Old 10-12-2005, 02:23 PM   #1
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Exclamation Trouble with new oil filter 15208AA09A - DETAILS INSIDE

10/12/05
Subaru has issued (snipped) the following statement:

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Please be advised that oil filter, part number 15208AA09A, may potentially exhibit a small amount of seepage that is noticed during the installation process.

Although seepage is slight, we are requesting that all inventory of this part number be removed from stock immediately.....

No official recall of the product for the consumer at this time

BUT....
I have learned the following.

suspected bad batch numbers:
your oil filters should have a series number stamped on them
if you have one of the following series numbers,
then your filters are suspect of this seepage issue
  1. F08
  2. F09
  3. F10

One would think you should be able to exchange them for a known "good" oil filter at any Subaru Dealership, but again, there is no known official recall at this time.

That's all I have for an update at this moment.....

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Old 10-12-2005, 02:39 PM   #2
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i dont like the new filters at all, look exactly the same as the purolators, but more pricey. they should bring back the black ones.
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Old 10-12-2005, 02:42 PM   #3
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More pricey? these new filters are mega cheap.
We sell them for less than $5.....


but yeah. the Black ones were highly popular.

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Old 10-12-2005, 02:52 PM   #4
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So the filter in question are the brand new ones that were just released and the one you notified us about a little while back Jamie? I'm still using ones I purchased a couple years back before the black ones came out. After I use up my stash, I still have two of the black ones to use

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Old 10-12-2005, 03:01 PM   #5
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exactly.

these are the brand new ones, the most recently released filters from Subaru.

these 09A took the place of AA100....

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Old 10-12-2005, 03:36 PM   #6
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so you're saying i should find a dealership and trade the ones i just got?
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Old 10-12-2005, 06:35 PM   #7
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Jamie is saying that Subaru has determined that there is a problem with certain lots of the new oil filter, that Subaru has informed the dealers and is recalling all such filters from the dealers ONLY at this time.

There is no recall being issued to the Customer at this time. With no official recall, it is a good bet that the dealer would not give you a new one for nothing.
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Old 10-12-2005, 06:44 PM   #8
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good thing I still have a stock of black ones then
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Old 10-12-2005, 06:47 PM   #9
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Call your dealership to determine if they will take it back cause mine said they will.
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Old 10-12-2005, 11:43 PM   #10
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There is no recall being issued to the Customer at this time. With no official recall, it is a good bet that the dealer would not give you a new one for nothing.

word.

turns out i got AA060's, so i'll be alright for the time being.
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Old 10-13-2005, 03:10 AM   #11
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wow thank's for the info jamie. i'll have to see what we're putting on at my dealer
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Old 10-13-2005, 09:27 AM   #12
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word.

turns out i got AA060's, so i'll be alright for the time being.

AA060's are NOT RECOMMENDED for turbo models. per subaru.

they are for non-turbo's only....


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Old 10-13-2005, 03:07 PM   #13
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doh! well, guess the search continues...
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Old 10-14-2005, 03:14 AM   #14
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uhoh... i think i put one of those on my cars last week... will have to check the batch i guess...
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Old 10-15-2005, 03:33 PM   #15
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Default AA09A filters are junk!!!!

I changed oil and filter on my wife's '06 FXT last week and used the "new" 15208AA09A filter. She came home last night and complained of oil smell. So I went out today and looked under the car, oil everywhere! ! I put the car on my lift and the source appeared to be from the filter. After cleaning everything up I started the car and observed the filter. Within seconds oil was seeping out between the rolled lip and the outer circumference of the can. Piece of JUNK! ! Batch number F08R05E1. As I always fire up all cars after oil changes and observe the filter for any leaks, I know the filter did not leak initially. But the leak occured within 300 miles because that is what it has.

Fortunately a little oil goes a long ways, the oil was still way above the add mark, and I had a AA080 on the shelf for the STi, so the car is back on the road.

So hey vendors, I got three cars that need this filter, what do you have that works? I'll take this filter (and the others I bought with it) back to the dealer I got them from, but unless I see some sort of technical bulletin addressing it I do not want to trust another AA09A filter.

Judging from this thread others have had this problem. I'm lucky, , but Subaru had better address this.

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Old 10-15-2005, 07:40 PM   #16
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i checked in my parts dept today, and was informed that they knew about the bad filters and had pulled them from the shelf. they are still selling 09A's, updated i was told, and i changed the oil today with one. i'll check on it the next couple days and make sure everything is good. i hope the problem is fixed!
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Old 10-15-2005, 08:56 PM   #17
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... I put the car on my lift...
Now *that* is a proper home garage!
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Old 10-15-2005, 08:57 PM   #18
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09A's will be the oil filter for the turbo from now until????

there was simply a batch with a kink or "dink" which allowed for this seepage.

those #'s affected have been recalled.

the replacement filters will be fine.
subaru is all over this issue right now.

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Old 10-17-2005, 06:26 AM   #19
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AA060's are NOT RECOMMENDED for turbo models. per subaru.

they are for non-turbo's only....


Jamie

Yeah, but the stock unit is so freaking small!

I really can't see how the bigger AA060 is going to get that much hotting bering close to the exhaust. How long is the oil in the filter, a few seconds at most? Plus, it is white and not black.
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I'm just telling you what SUBARU has stated.

AA060's - (white) = we are not allowed to sell them for non turbo models.

AA09A (white) = turbo model oil filter

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Quote:
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I'm just telling you what SUBARU has stated.

AA060's - (white) = we are not allowed to sell them for non turbo models.

AA09A (white) = turbo model oil filter

Jamie
Oh, I understand. I am just saying that I don't understand why.

Not sure why, but the stock filter on my Saabaru was black and very small.... I wonder if the tiny filter had something to due with my oil being rather dirty looking after 3,000 miles. Much more so than other cars I have owned.
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Old 10-17-2005, 04:43 PM   #22
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Jamie,
the description of the oil filters you posted seems to match the 6 filters i received a few weeks ago.

any suggestions on what i should do w/ them now?
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Old 10-17-2005, 04:47 PM   #23
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Yeah, but the stock unit is so freaking small! .
This is the only case where size doesn't matter. Ability to trap particulate matter has little to do with the size of the filter.
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Old 10-17-2005, 07:26 PM   #24
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This is the only case where size doesn't matter. Ability to trap particulate matter has little to do with the size of the filter.
I would agree with that but the small filter is going to get clogged up before the larger one with everything else being equal.

I worry about going 7,500 miles on something that is so freaking small when I go to syn. In reality is it an issue, I don't know....
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Old 10-18-2005, 12:02 AM   #25
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^^yeah I don't think i have the stones to go 7500 though. I still change around 3500 with mobil 1.

Probably overkill but i loose about 1/2 quart until the next change anyway.
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