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This is a discussion on Oil leak from oil filter within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I have an '04 Impreza Wrx and I have a leak coming from my oil filter, it slides down the ...

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    Oil leak from oil filter

    I have an '04 Impreza Wrx and I have a leak coming from my oil filter, it slides down the side of the filter and drips from the bottom of it every so often, but right when I start my car quite a bit of oil leaks from the oil filter and then it just goes back to dripping every so often. A couple days ago I changed my oil and oil filter and when I started it, it didn't leak at all, but yesterday it started to leak again. Please help if you can thank you!

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    Is the filter on tight enough?


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    Yea it's on as tight as I can turn it. I even cleaned the metal ring that makes contact with the filter when screwing it on, I didn't do what most people do and rub a little oil around the ring as well, but would that be a reason why it leaks?

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    that could be the reason
    did you make sure the rubber ring came off the old filter?

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    You should always put a little oil on the gasket! That's why its leaking.

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    P.S. filter should only be hand tight. Good luck getting it back off!

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    Okay I'm gonna do that then and hopefully that's the only reason I have a leak, yea I tightened it with my hand shouldn't be a problem getting it off thank you guys for the help I really appreciate it!

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    Are you sure the leak is from the interface between the filter and the base on the car? If so, makes sure you remove the old gasket.
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    The filter should have a small rubber ring around it...that you rub a little oil on when you tighten it (only hand tight...don't over tighten). If you're contacting metal on metal (meaning you don't have the rubber gasket ring), that might not seal well enough and could cause a leak.

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    mine was leaking also. it was from the oil filter housing itself.

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    aftermarket filters are notorious for leaking, and are the number one reason we see oil leaks in the shop.

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    There was a recall of factory (blue) oil filters for leaking. I own two of the recalled filters now that I think of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    There was a recall of factory (blue) oil filters for leaking. I own two of the recalled filters now that I think of it.
    +1 If you're using OEM blue filters your installed filters may have been recalled.
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    I once had an old gasket stick the the mount many years ago - not the the WRX. Fortunately I noticed this before I screwed on the new filter. It is easy to miss.

    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    There was a recall of factory (blue) oil filters for leaking. I own two of the recalled filters now that I think of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch View Post
    I once had an old gasket stick the the mount many years ago - not the the WRX. Fortunately I noticed this before I screwed on the new filter. It is easy to miss.

    Made by Fram?

    I switched to Purolator PureONE.
    I suspect so. There are CA and US source filters around and one, but not the other, is recalled, but I don't recall (no pun intended...) which. There's a notice in print around somewhere, with serial numbers.
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