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Oil leak behind oil filter

After a 10 minute oil change and after a two hour drive, the engine dumped almost all of the oil. I checked for old gasket left on and loose filter or plug. No such luck. Changed filter and oil. started and oil running from behind filter. Oil filter was so tight I almost didn't get it off. Could they have done something?

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  • zrstphn Dec 26, 2008

    I puuled the filter and no such luck. Thanks.



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You probably have the old gaskket still on the filter or the filter receptacle. Remove the filter and check to see if the gasket is on the filter. Then check where you screw it on there may be the other gasket stuck to that.

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