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    Crush Washer confusion (please help)

    First car (grew up in NYC where you don't need one), first oil change... first mistake. I placed the crush washer ON THE OIL FILTER!!

    It seemed to fit the subaru filter perfectly and looked like it would line up with the rubber gasket when it was flattened. Also, I didn't see the crush washer on the oil drain plug (I read that it may be painted on, but I'm 90% sure there wasn't one). Apparently no one on this forum has had this problem (or hasn't admitted it yet). Anyway, besides possible leaking from the pan since there may not be a washer there, what problems will I run into with the crush washer in place where the oil filter screws in? Will it interfere with filtering the oil? My guess is no but I'd like some reassurance.

    If you haven't guessed I'm new.
    On a side note, everything else went fine, the original filter came off easily, and I only slightly burned myself. I also got one of those infamous tiny metal particles in my eye. It came loose on my way to the ER. I think I searched every post here regarding oil and oil filters. I didn't think I could screw up things with the washer.

    Also, I didn't come across any warning about eye protection. I highly recommend it. So, should I change my oil again (I think I would have to drain it to get that washer off the filter), or just keep an eye on my check oil light and my oil level? Sorry for the long post.

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    Re: Crush Washer confusion (please help)

    Originally posted by Arsk
    Also, I didn't see the crush washer on the oil drain plug (I read that it may be painted on, but I'm 90% sure there wasn't one). Apparently no one on this forum has had this problem (or hasn't admitted it yet).
    ER!? Sounds like a rough oil change. I swear that I didn't have a crush washer when I did my first oil change, but everyone says I just didn't see it. I'm glad someone else had this experience (the missing washer, not the bad install and shard of metal in the eye)
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    Just look for fresh oil under it!

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    Yup. That was pretty stupid, I guess I got lucky that time. And as for my dumb@$$ move with the washer, I just changed the oil again to ease my mind. The washer was in one piece and not crushed so I put it where it belonged. BTW mourning_air, the crush washer was attached to the drain plug like so many of the posts in this forum pointed out. It looks like it belongs there, but I just persisted for a minute with a flathead and sure enough, the old washer popped off. Thanks all.

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    Just make sure the oil level is correct on the dip stick. You probably lost a few 1/10ths of a quart by removing the filter.
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    Thanks for the update, I'm sure mine's probably on there too, therefore I just reused it. No leaks, so I'll just change it next time.
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    crush washers are a scam thought of by the "man" who is always trying to bring us down!!!!!!!!!!
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    The dealer gives me the crush washer free with filter :shrug:
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    I work in the service dept at Acura
    all hondas/Acuras use a crush washer too.

    The washer prevents the drain pan threads on the oil pan from getting stripped out over time.

    I would remove the oil filter and get the washer out of it, it might be restricting the oil flow in and out of the filter.
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    I got a 5 pack of crush washers from my local Subie dealer for like $2.00 or something cheap like that.

    I'm sure you could try to find them somewhere else, but knowing myself, I want to use what was designed for the oil drain plug. I run Mobil 1 10W30 oil every 4,000 miles.

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    Is the crush washer supposed to be metal? I went down to the dealer and got the filter and he asked me if I needed a washer and I said "yeah". Its metal, I thought they were plastic?
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    Yup, they're made of metal.

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    I 2nd that motion that the crush washers are metal.

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