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.