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Oil Filter Leaking
Posted 07 March 2011 - 03:13 PM
I could smell oil burning as I drove around today and assumed it was just what was spilled during the change. Bt when I got home, I stuck me head under there, and the filter is clearly leaking. I reached in with a gloved hand and tried to tighten it more, but I can't get it any tighter without using a tool.
What do you think, bad filter? Anyone having trouble seating the filters on the newer cars? Never ran into this before.
Posted 07 March 2011 - 03:41 PM
Good luck, hope it's a simple fix for you.
Posted 07 March 2011 - 03:43 PM
The filter and drainbolt were wicked tight from the dealership because of this thing called comebacks. Tightening them more than spec'd will ensure they never come off during use. If they did, the dealership gets to put a new engine in on their dime. We all use filter sockets or pliers to take the old filters off, so it's not an issue on that end.
Posted 07 March 2011 - 04:03 PM
I love the way they wrapped the hot muffler right around the filter on these. Makes changing the oil with a warm engine more exciting.
Posted 07 March 2011 - 05:07 PM
It would have been easier, but it was snowing hard and I cleverly positioned the car where it, now devoid of oil, was right under the water running off my roof. It was a memorable first oil change with the new car.
That is one scary small little filter. I thought the one for the 97 was too small!
Posted 07 March 2011 - 06:28 PM
Posted 07 March 2011 - 06:44 PM
Posted 07 March 2011 - 07:06 PM
Hmmm, I've always heard you should never use a tool to tighten the filter. I just go as tight as I can by hand--and I've never had one leak either.
Yea, I have heard of hand tightening, but always felt better tightening a little more with a filter wrench, or filter cap that fits over the end of the filter and is tightened with a 3/8" drive with extension. Hand tightening always worries me that I won't get the filter tight enough, and it will leak.
Posted 07 March 2011 - 07:33 PM
Next time I change the oil, I will take more time to clean up the engine surface. I just didn't expect a problem.
Posted 07 March 2011 - 07:46 PM
Some people go nuts trying to make the oil filter tighter.. After it mates with the block I turn it an extra 180 degrees.. fill it with oil start it and check for leaks, then go on a drive and check for leaks again.
Oh I also put a thin coat of oil on the rubber seal before screwing it back on the block.
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