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    New 2016 WRX Leaking Oil?!?

    I just bought my 2016 WRX on Monday. It has under 400 miles on it and I have not been beating on the car at all.
    The car is leaking oil all over the place, like grapefruit size circles on the pavement. .
    Any idea what this can be?!?
    Thanks everyone.
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    Well, the obvious answer is get it to the dealer, like now. Secondly, when you get it home please diagnose where it is leaking from. Filter? Maybe the crush washer? Once you know where it's leaking from we can further advise. Bottom line though is you can have us help you diagnose it or you can take it to the dealership and have it fixed for free. Check your oil, make sure you have enough to safely operate on your way to the dealership.

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    Call the dealer and insist that they send a flatbed for the car, and a loaner car for you. I see no rational reason why you should go to the dealer, since your time and your money are more important than theirs.
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    Thanks. I have an appointment for tomorrow. I'll check to see if I can find the source. I'm surprised to have a car leak this soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    Call the dealer and insist that they send a flatbed for the car, and a loaner car for you. I see no rational reason why you should go to the dealer, since your time and your money are more important than theirs.
    I'm going to check the oil level before I go. I hope they have a loaner car since we are supposed to go on vacation. I do have a Camaro and a Challenger I can take, but those get pretty bad gas mileage. The WRX is supposed to be the new daily driver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMalmsteen View Post
    I'm going to check the oil level before I go. I hope they have a loaner car since we are supposed to go on vacation. I do have a Camaro and a Challenger I can take, but those get pretty bad gas mileage. The WRX is supposed to be the new daily driver.
    Sorry for your troubles but at worse you'll have to drive around in a Forester for whatever time it takes . I drove one for a month , hated it .



    You have a Challenger , Camaro and a WRX , why are you worried about gas millage ?


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    Well I feel relieved and ridiculous at the moment. Here's what I think the problem is- there is some car that is seriously leaking oil and it might not be mine! After I had pulled away twice, there was fresh oil. When I got home, there was a load of oil in a location I had not parked in. I moved my car last night around the block and will go check on it now. I am hoping there is no oil!!

    Thank you guys for your help. Going outside now. ..

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    Well, let's hope it isn't anything bad! Hopefully it's fine.

    I had an aftermarket oil filter leak that freaked me the hell out about a year ago. Dealer had to go in and clean the engine, oil was leaking and spraying everywhere. Never, ever, ever using aftermarket oil filters again.

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    I have never had a oil filter leak unless someone installed it wrong (oiling the ring or not tightening it up correctly). That just sounds like a nightmare as I could not stand letting the engine bay get dirty
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crooks View Post
    I have never had a oil filter leak unless someone installed it wrong (oiling the ring or not tightening it up correctly). That just sounds like a nightmare as I could not stand letting the engine bay get dirty
    Oiling the ring is wrong? Or you saying it is correct to oil it? And I assume you mean the rubber gasket when you say ring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rqjoe View Post
    Oiling the ring is wrong? Or you saying it is correct to oil it? And I assume you mean the rubber gasket when you say ring?
    It is proper procedure to run a small amount of oil around the O Ring gasket inside the filter to create a proper seal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rqjoe View Post
    Oiling the ring is wrong? Or you saying it is correct to oil it? And I assume you mean the rubber gasket when you say ring?
    Yes, I meant not doing those two procedures correctly. I should proof read these sometimes. It comes out fine in my head but it totally looks like I meant not to oil the ring or tighten it up correctly.

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    I have never had a oil filter leak unless someone installed it wrong (not oiling the ring or not tightening it up correctly). That just sounds like a nightmare as I could not stand letting the engine bay get dirty
    Last edited by Crooks; 08-01-2015 at 07:15 PM. Reason: added revised

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