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    Oil leak from drain plug-HELP....

    I recently had my oil changed and now I am leaking a touch of oil. My buddy just lifted up my car and the leak is directly from the drain plug, which I hope means it's not a big deal. I am going back to the shop first thing in the AM.

    Curious what may be the cause of this? Forgotten gaskett, overtightened?

    I don't know crap about this so any input would be welcomed.


    I have worked with this shop for years and I know they will take care of me right away but I would like to have some 'firepower'/knowledge before I go into the shop.

    thanks.

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    No crush washer? If you did overtighten you need a new pan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcyb1029 View Post
    No crush washer? If you did overtighten you need a new pan.
    Not a clue about a crush washer.... New pan? Sounds major?

    I didn't do the work, the shop did... They are on the hook for this 100%.... Unfortunately, this particular shop's work has gone downhill over the past 6 months. Fortunately, I know the owner fairly well and he as ALWAYS done the right thing-just too bad not on the first go-around...


    thanks.

    hopefully nothing too major.

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    My guess is they forgot to replace the crush washer, used the wrong size, tried to re-use the old one, etc.

    If it's overtightened, it probably wouldn't leak. The next time it's removed ask to see the plug itself. It the threads are damaged, it could have been overtightened or cross threaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubyPsycho View Post
    My guess is they forgot to replace the crush washer, used the wrong size, tried to re-use the old one, etc.

    If it's overtightened, it probably wouldn't leak. The next time it's removed ask to see the plug itself. It the threads are damaged, it could have been overtightened or cross threaded.

    i have and 06, and my room mate has an 05. he never has gone to the local stealership, and has any old gas station change his oil. i doubt a random gas station stocks extra crush washers so i think he is on his 5th oil change on the same crush washer. i was gonna give him my old crush washer for his upcomming oil change. OEM filter and crush washer for under $10 by the way at ur local dealership.

    just start doing it urself. i was weary at first, but if u keep all the paperwork, the dealership can't hold it against you that u change ur own oil. i don't even trust my local dealership, let alone a jiffy lube to touch my car. as for tightening ur drainplug, tighten as tight as u can, keeping your hand/wrist at the 90 degree angle of the socket, that way you can't apply too much torque. tightening all the way on the handle of the socket (especially if you have an extension on) adds too much torque, leading to overtightening. like the saying goes, if you want it done right, you'll have to do it yourself.
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    "happy ending"

    So, went back to my shop today. The reason my car seemed to be leaking oil is due to them not cleaning up the excess oil that spilled when they finished the job.... Thanks guys for the new oil stains on my driveway!




    Quote Originally Posted by 06WRXturbo View Post
    i have and 06, and my room mate has an 05. he never has gone to the local stealership, and has any old gas station change his oil. i doubt a random gas station stocks extra crush washers so i think he is on his 5th oil change on the same crush washer. i was gonna give him my old crush washer for his upcomming oil change. OEM filter and crush washer for under $10 by the way at ur local dealership.

    just start doing it urself. i was weary at first, but if u keep all the paperwork, the dealership can't hold it against you that u change ur own oil. i don't even trust my local dealership, let alone a jiffy lube to touch my car. as for tightening ur drainplug, tighten as tight as u can, keeping your hand/wrist at the 90 degree angle of the socket, that way you can't apply too much torque. tightening all the way on the handle of the socket (especially if you have an extension on) adds too much torque, leading to overtightening. like the saying goes, if you want it done right, you'll have to do it yourself.

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