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I have a 97 dodge dakota it is leaking oil from the oil filter. the seal is good and it is tight.

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If u just had the oil change recently I would unscrew the filter and make sure the old oil filter rubber seal did not stick to the block when the old oil filter was removed. If there is two seals on it tight it will still leak. It happens more than you think.

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