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This is a discussion on oil leak help! within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; ok so i have a 2004 WRX and was driving the other day just about a day after an oil ...

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    oil leak help!

    ok so i have a 2004 WRX and was driving the other day just about a day after an oil change and used lucas heavy duty oil stabilizer and was driving after i detailed my car and heard a pop noise when i was pulling out at the light and just thought it could be my tires from the tire shine. it went away and ran fine and had my car in the shop the next day for them to fix a rattle on my heat shield above my turbo and they said i had oil on my oil pan. at first i thought it was their mistake when they chagned the oil. sprayed the pan with parts cleaner and inspected it. looks like the oil was coming from my dipstick tube. took the dipstick out to find on of my o rings was damaged. but before doing this i ran the car for 3 days with no leak then after coming home and running the car a little hard to pass some people coming up the hill i stumbled upon a very minor oil leak. coming from the dipstick. replaced the o rings and seems to be ok. going to keep an eye on it but also heard the oil pickup tubes go bad and my oil pan also looks a tad rusty. should i put the extra money into buying a new pan? any advice would be great guys.
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    The pickup tube will hold or fail regardless of the pan's surface rust. Only a dented pan can cause a direct pickup failure, though the pickup can fail on its own.

    If your pressure drops spontaneously you could suspect the pickup tube though confirming is major surgery.

    Surface oxidation on the pan can be touched up without removal, since they will be on the outside not the inside (the oil is rated in terms of TBN, total base number, a measure of its ability to resist oxidation, do anything oiled -- that is, the inside -- will not rust).
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    should i be worried? no leaks i can see yet since replacing the tube. like i said i will monitor it and my oil levels but just looking for wisdom from you guys. draining the oil because found out from bobistheoilguy.com that that lucas stuff sucks and is a joke...and my leak started after the fact that this happened. and i have no way of testing my oil pressure unless my accessport has a way to monitor it and idk what would be good or bad. at least im being honest.
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    and by tube i mean the o rings...haha my bad
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    The pickup tube (actual) can fail on these cars but that's not what we're now talking about. Monitor level and disregard my previous post.
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    Why do you think tire shine would cause something to pop?

    Personally I'd be concerned about anything that's causing the engine's most critical fluid to leak, but if the oil level isn't really dropping much during normal driving, then you should be fine and it's just a case of tracking it down. That of course assumes your engine is getting plenty of oil and doesn't have a pickup, pressure, or more fundamental issue. So yes I'd be worried.
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    Well the tire shine caused my wheels to spin by accidenty gettin on the tread. But i replaced the o rings on the dipstick tube and it seemed to fix the leak. If the leak persists i will try new pickup and have a compression and leakdown test done
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