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Old 09-30-2020, 08:54 AM   #15
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So I took my car into the dealership this morning and the winner is...bad oil filter seal. They were just as surprised to find that as I was to hear it given the last oil change was mid-July and it's been fine until a couple weeks ago. But they've replaced it no charge and cleaned up the mess.


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Old 09-30-2020, 12:34 PM   #16
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Over hundreds of oil changes in the last 50 years, I have never encountered a bad oil filter seal.

I have encountered exactly one filter that leaked at the joint between the canister and base plate, and that was an STP filter that was "free" with an oil purchase at AutoZone. Needless to say, I will never use one of those again.

Sounds like a sloppy installation by the dealer.
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Old 10-04-2020, 11:38 AM   #17
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So I took my car into the dealership this morning and the winner is...bad oil filter seal. They were just as surprised to find that as I was to hear it given the last oil change was mid-July and it's been fine until a couple weeks ago. But they've replaced it no charge and cleaned up the mess.


Thanks again for all the tips and suggestions.
I had the same. Drove my car for about a month before noticing some oil on the ground. Right back to the dealer I went and went under the car with the kid to check the filter tightness. It was tight as I figured it would be cause when I take the car to the dealer I am beside those guys the whole time and tighten the filter and drain plug myself. Iím a licensed tech myself and used to work at a GM dealer in Oakville and Grimsby.
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Old 10-04-2020, 11:41 AM   #18
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Over hundreds of oil changes in the last 50 years, I have never encountered a bad oil filter seal.

I have encountered exactly one filter that leaked at the joint between the canister and base plate, and that was an STP filter that was "free" with an oil purchase at AutoZone. Needless to say, I will never use one of those again.

Sounds like a sloppy installation by the dealer.
You just havenít seen it yet. Doesnít happen often at all. But in the 26 years of being a licensed auto and heavy equipment tech I have seen it on both cars and heavy equipment. But in saying that, I would say at most 10 times in my career.
And once was on my ZLE.
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Old 10-08-2020, 07:57 AM   #19
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Happened to mine as well. For some reason the oil filter got loose and started leaking oil. Just needed to tighten it.
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Old 10-08-2020, 04:19 PM   #20
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I can attest that this can happen. K&N filter installed by me, on a truck. Leaked between filter housing and gasket. Didn't show up for 1800 miles.
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Old 10-16-2020, 03:18 PM   #21
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I'm now on round 3 of my 1LE leaking. In 6 months. First time it was oil seal, second time it was oilpan bolts loose. Who knows what it is this time. Car has been driven not even 200km between when the last fix was done, and now. My driveway is covered in oil spots from the last couple months.
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Old 12-10-2021, 04:57 PM   #22
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I get a few drops on the garage floor, 100% it's oil but it's so small and so sporadic that I really don't pay it much attention. Is usually after I've taken it out and ragged on it particularly hard on the back roads. Never seems to be day-in and day-out even though I can run it some what aggressively.

had to revisit this today...got afew more drops of oil here and there and it seemed like a bit more in frequency so I got the car up on my ramps. Oil filter was clean but could see oil pan bolts with some oil on them and a drop on the bottom of the pan. Found 3 bolts that were not tight, probably got a 1/4 turn on them.



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Old 12-10-2021, 05:22 PM   #23
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Oil feels like oil, water feels like water, and evaporates. Coolant doesn't evaporate very quickly, and it's red. Putting a newspaper under the leak might help you get a better look at the fluid.

A set of ramps would help you to investigate under the car.

Leaks do happen. The engine oil cooler and trans oil cooler line can be sources, even on new-ish cars.

Poorly installed oil filters and poorly made oil filters are other possibilities.

Since the car is under warranty, going to the dealer is the obvious first step.
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Old 12-11-2021, 06:43 AM   #24
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I had this same issue. Took it to the dealer and they replaced the oil pan, and resealed it. Car has only 26K miles on it. Good as new.....for now
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Old 12-31-2021, 07:51 AM   #25
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had to revisit this today...got afew more drops of oil here and there and it seemed like a bit more in frequency so I got the car up on my ramps. Oil filter was clean but could see oil pan bolts with some oil on them and a drop on the bottom of the pan. Found 3 bolts that were not tight, probably got a 1/4 turn on them.




Seems to have stopped, no new oil drops for two weeks.
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Old 12-31-2021, 08:23 AM   #26
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Over hundreds of oil changes in the last 50 years, I have never encountered a bad oil filter seal.

I have encountered exactly one filter that leaked at the joint between the canister and base plate, and that was an STP filter that was "free" with an oil purchase at AutoZone. Needless to say, I will never use one of those again.

Sounds like a sloppy installation by the dealer.

Never had a bad filter. But there is this...

37ish years ago I did an oil change to the very first car I ever owned. Maybe the second change on the car and the second one I ever did.

I double gasketed the filter.

A lesson was learned that day that has not nor ever will be been forgotten.
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Old 01-08-2022, 11:48 AM   #27
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Had my 1LE leak oil this summer. Turns out the bolts on the oil cooler were loose.

Brought it to the dealership and they replaced the entire oil cooler and gasket under warranty
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