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Old 02-11-2013, 04:00 AM   #1
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Post PSA: Subaru blue OEM oil filters recalled due to leaking gaskets

I haven't seen this anywhere on the Service and Maintenance forum..which is alarming to me.

Subaru is recalling some of their blue OEM 15208AA12A engine oil filters due to possibility of leaking at the O-ring gasket. Please see the PDFs below for the official information.

If you purchased any blue OEM oil filters between July 1, 2012 and December 15, 2012, check their date codes. Heck, check all of them anyway just to be safe.

The date code format is FYJJJS where:
F is the facility (S = Canada, A = USA)
Y is the last digit of the year (1 = 2011, 2 = 2012, 3 = 2013)
JJJ is the Julian date code (Google it if you are curious)
S is the factory shift number (1 = 1st shift, 2 = 2nd shift, 3 = 3rd shift)

Filters NOT part of the recall, which are OK:
-If the date code begins with S1 or S2
-If the date code begins with A2291x or higher (where x is 1, 2, or 3)
-If the date code begins with A2290x or earlier AND is adjacently marked with a dash + a number or initials indicating that it passed secondary inspection. You can see an example of this in the Subaru PDF.
-(Case Quantities) If the case packaging has a date code of 777

Filters recalled, which may leak:
-If the date code begins with A2290x or earlier (where x is 1, 2, or 3) AND has no other adjacent markings or a single white dot adjacent to the date code.

Example of recalled filter, which I purchased in October 2012.


Specifics about how you will exchange both installed and unopened oil filters can be found in the Dealer Letter below.

PDF: Fram's Recall Notice (Official Site | Mirror)
PDF: Subaru's SNET Dealer Letter (Official Site | Mirror)

I happened to purchase 6 of the affected filters. 1 is installed on my car right now.
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