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Old 12-19-2005, 10:03 PM   #1
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OK, my wife got the oil changed at our local dealer last Friday. I'm using the dealer to ensure no doubts with warrantee compliance, plus they are near her work.

This afternoon I'm in the garage and see a nice fresh pool of oil. Crap.
She comes home tonight and after it's been sitting for a while I check for a fresh pool of oil. Yup, there it is.

I pull the car up on a couple of boards so I can locate the leak while the engine is running. It's coming out of the top of the oil filter and dripping down the back of the cowl. ***?!

Is this a known problem with Subaru oil filters? It said Purolator on it and not Subaru. I recall reading something about oil filter failures, but that Subaru had identified and solved the problem.

Or am I dealing with mechanical idiots that can't replace a simple oil filter?

Any thoughts are appreciated.

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Old 12-19-2005, 10:33 PM   #2
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Did you try to tighten it ?
I may be a problem with the seal or it could be a piece crap on the mating area and it is leaking ?
Change it your self just keep all the reciepts. And I have always ran with the purolater PureOne filters for about the last 85k and have never had that problem.
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Old 12-19-2005, 10:38 PM   #3
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Could be a defective oil filter. Or they might have "double gasketed" the filter which is something you would expect from Jiffy Lube and not from a dealer but it happens.
I'd suggest you call the dealer up first thing in the morning, tell them you just had the car serviced there and it is leaking oil badly and you are afraid to drive it, and have them send a flatbed to your house to pick it up. Do NOT drive it now that you know there is a problem.
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:53 AM   #4
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it seems like there's a faulty batch of filters going around, i'd contact the service department of the dealership and have them pay to have it towed back

do not accept no for an answer
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Old 12-20-2005, 03:59 AM   #5
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Subaru recently changed to a US supplier (Purolator) for its OEM oil filters. Either they mis-specified it to Purolator, or Purolator messed up building them, because many are leaking, even if installed just like the previous versions (which didn't leak). Subaru has not yet been able to identify "known good" batches of that new filter, so have your dealer either install one of the "Tokyo Riki" made-in-Japan OEM filters, or if they insist on installing another of the OEM Purolators, have them promise in writing to give you a free oil change coupon for every time it leaks and you have to bring it in.

If the oil level on the dipstick is down, top up the oil before bringing the car in to the dealer.
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Old 12-20-2005, 07:00 AM   #6
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If the oil level on the dipstick is down, top up the oil before bringing the car in to the dealer.
No do NOT top it up or even attempt to start the engine again. The car should not be run or driven with this type of leak. It should only be moved with a tow truck.
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:23 AM   #7
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yea i would call the dealer and let them know what you have found and suggest they get a tow truck to pick the car up from your house. I would not add oil or do anything to the car. make sure all of this is documented incase engine damage was done you will be covered.
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Old 12-20-2005, 03:57 PM   #8
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The leak was only about a 1/2 teaspoon from sitting overnight and there was no appreciable loss in oil level. It did clearly leak when pressurized, so drips are proportional to time spent with the engine on. The wife drove the car to the dealer today. They said it was a defective oil filter. Pretty generic answer, but at least it appears to be solved. I'll be watching for drips intently over the next few days. I'm going on a 3,000+ mile trip over the next few days and hope the new filter isn't "defective."

Thanks for the info on the filters. I may pick up a spare to take along.

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MCR - I'd take along an aftermarket Purolator PureOne as a spare -- at least you know that won't leak.
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You read my mind. I'm going to pick one up this afternoon at NAPA.

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