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2008 Kia Sedona Van - oil filter leaks like the exxon valdez

I've taken my 2008 Kia Sedona to have oil changed at Speedy Lube because it is local, (before long trip and after same long trip). In the past they have always been trust worthy and still are. However, they explained to me that the new filters which are being used by many imports espeically with Kia and Toyota often leak. Since my second oil change I have driven the van less than 1,000 miles and have already added another quart of synthetic 5/30 weight oil. I suppose I will have to take the van to dealers who will now rip me off for another $75.00 and still leave me with an leaking oil filter. What can I do to prevent this?

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    Phil Ulrich Apr 26, 2012

    there is an oil ring that is located in the middle of the cap threads that screws on to cover the oil filter. Make sure that the old o ring is removed and that the new one is not just placed all the way to the top of the threads.


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I never heard such a thing ,first of all get under your vehicle and see if you can tell where the leak is coming from,A oil filter has a rubber gasket when applied with a thin coat of motor oil will seal itself ,you must tighten the filter on the spindle until it is snug fit(not over tighten) make sure your using manufacture suggested size and fit for your year vehicle.You may also want to check the oil drain plug it may have stripped threads and it could easily be your problem or the gasket around your oil pan could be bad. last but not least check for double gasketing it is when the o ring gasket of the old oil filter is still sealed on the oil housing area this would easily cause leakage.I hope i covered all your possibilities and please give me a 4 thumbs up if i was a help for you

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