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Old 10-16-2016, 10:00 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Im new to Subaru but not new to changing my own oil. I have performed three oil changes on my '12 Impreza and I've noticed something I have never seen before. There is oil in the tray around the filter. I took some pictures for you all to see. Is this normal? The filter is WIX, oiled seal with new oil and turned past contact to make sure it good and tight on.





If this is not normal, how do I prevent this?

PS. I re-posted this in the Maintenance section, I think this belongs there. Can an admin help me with this?
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:13 PM   #2
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Are you sure this didn't spill out of the old filter? After draining the oil (I installed one of these: http://www.fumotousa.com/), if you just barely loosen the old filter to crack the seal, and wait 5 minutes, no oil will spill.

If your new filter is really leaking, time for a new filter. Lots of debate on that, but I use a Pureone PL14610, mostly cause the color matches the filler cap (!)
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Old 10-16-2016, 07:25 PM   #3
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drain the pan first,then crack the filter a little. it will drain back down. then wipe that housing down and install the new filter. like rymar said,fumoto valves are great. i have them in all 3 subarus we own. no tools needed and no splashing oil and mess.
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Old 10-17-2016, 02:04 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure the OP is referring to this is now leaking AFTER they already completed an oil change.
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:25 PM   #5
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no sure maybe a bad O ring on the filter if you have your warranty you might as well take it in.
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Old 10-21-2016, 12:35 PM   #6
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Happens all the time. Most leak a little. Some don't.

Most do.
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Old 10-21-2016, 02:50 PM   #7
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In decades of changing oil and replacing filters, I have never seen a new oil filter leak. Fram, WIX, Purolator, Honda, Subaru, Toyota, whatever....
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Old 10-23-2016, 12:37 PM   #8
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In decades of changing oil and replacing filters, I have never seen a new oil filter leak. Fram, WIX, Purolator, Honda, Subaru, Toyota, whatever....
In decades of changing oil and replacing filters, I have seen multiple brand filters leak.

Either there was an issue with the way the rubber seal was installed at the manufacturer or the seam where the filter cap was installed to the filter body.

Mainly Fram and Wix, which is why I primarily only use Subaru now.

And there was a time not so long ago when Subaru had issues with their black filters
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Old 10-24-2016, 01:25 AM   #9
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Happens all the time. Most leak a little. Some don't.

Most do.
Not even remotely true. Get out of here with your bullcrap lies. Filters are not supposed to leak when they're correctly tightened. And 99% of them don't. There's not a chance in hell over 50% of filters on all vehicles leak.
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Old 10-25-2016, 07:55 AM   #10
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Not even remotely true. Get out of here with your bullcrap lies. Filters are not supposed to leak when they're correctly tightened. And 99% of them don't. There's not a chance in hell over 50% of filters on all vehicles leak.
Absolutely agree
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