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Oil filter leak
Posted by: joewryan ()
Date: March 25, 2020 08:00AM

I was pretty bored yesterday, and decided to change the oil and filter on my Corsa. Got the filter from Clarks, and installed it and the oil (Rotella). Started her up, and the filter spewed oil out of the top seal! What a mess! Never had this happen before. Upon inspection of the filter, I saw that the seal had dislodged from the filter channel that it was installed in. My question is: Did this happen due to my installing the filter bolt too loose? When installing, I was weary of the copper threads on the new filter, and so torqued it on the low side.

Joe

Valencia, CA

1965 Corvair Corsa Vert

1954 Corvette Vert

1999 Land Cruiser Behemoth

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Re: Oil filter leak
Posted by: larry202br ()
Date: March 25, 2020 08:14AM

I have had, and have seen, many oil leaks due to under torquing the mounting bolt.

13 ft-lbs is good.

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Re: Oil filter leak
Posted by: joewryan ()
Date: March 25, 2020 08:22AM

Oil filter seal.

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Re: Oil filter leak
Posted by: joewryan ()
Date: March 25, 2020 08:29AM

Using the gasket on top of casting. But the leak was at the seal that’s installed on the filter.

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Re: Oil filter leak
Posted by: dryenko ()
Date: March 25, 2020 08:37AM

Use a mirror and make sure the sheet metal ring with holes from the old filter isn't stuck up in the housing.
It will block the flow and blow the seal.
Your Welcome

Bob C aka Dryenko
Dobson, NC 27017

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Re: Oil filter leak
Posted by: joewryan ()
Date: March 25, 2020 08:52AM

I did that. It was all clear.

Thanks for the help, though. I think I'll reinstall at a higher torque setting and cross my fingers!

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Re: Oil filter leak
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: March 25, 2020 08:57AM

And before installing I always make sure the seal is properly installed in the channel all the
way around. That is the case on all oil filters. Stuff gets knocked around on shelves, in boxes,
on shelves, etc. On your picture you can see the seal is not in properly.

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Re: Oil filter leak
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: March 25, 2020 09:52AM

That seal can get bumped out of place quite easily. Just something to double check when installing.

Corventure Dave

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Re: Oil filter leak
Posted by: joewryan ()
Date: March 25, 2020 10:59AM

Thanks to all! My confidence has returnedhot smiley

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