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2002 impreza RS Major oil leak

My car (135K / mostly stock) recently dumped all its oil very suddenly while driving city streets. looking under the car there is a fair amount of oil around the engine mounts just behind the bottom of the engine. I poured some more oil into the car and it dripped out of that same area a moment later. I'm hoping its something not so expensive like a the oil pan or some kind of plug. Are there any common culprits I can inspect? (it's an oil stained mess and I can't tell what's going on down there) I thought I heard a knocking or abrasive noise which would mean game over for my engine, but the engine continued to run fine (but hot) after the oil leak and the noise stopped.

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    Looks like it is leaking from the aluminum piece the oil filter screws into, where that aluminum piece is mounted to the engine (looks like 3 small bolts hold it on), or what seems to be a screw that enters vertically from the bottom into said piece about 1/2 inch from the oil filter itself.

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If you heard a loud knocking.....I'm sorry to say, I'd hope for the worst. It doesn't sound good that you lost that much oil.

But try to clean it with a steamer or with some brake clean. Put a little oil back in and see where it is coming from. If it runs out without starting the car.....then you have definitely cracked the block, or the oil pan.

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