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Why do I see oil below the oil filter location?

I've been noticing a small amount of oil below the oil filter (where the oil runs down the 'ramp') lately. I have wiped it off, and a few days later I can see where more has ran down it. I checked the oil and am about a quart low.

Could this be a loose filter? What do you think this could be?

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Re: Why do I see oil below the oil filter location?

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I've been noticing a small amount of oil below the oil filter (where the oil runs down the 'ramp') lately. I have wiped it off, and a few days later I can see where more has ran down it. I checked the oil and am about a quart low.

Could this be a loose filter? What do you think this could be?

Thanks for responding!!
Funny I've actually been noticing the same thing lately (except I haven't checked the oil level...). I'm going to get under the Jeep tonight to see what it's all about, but my suspicion is that with the wicked cold weather we've been having that the o-ring seal on the filter has shrunk and is letting oil seem down the ramp slowly.
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Re: Why do I see oil below the oil filter location?

Most common reason for oil in this location:

1) It's old oil leftover from the filter change. This is likely not the case, since you have been wiping it off and it returns.

2) The filter is loose. You could easily reach up and give it a turn. If it rotates, it was loose.

3) The o-ring is missing/damaged OR you have two there. Often quick-lube places (although dealerships, and DIY'ers do it too) fail to check that when replacing the filter the old o-ring was attached to the old filter. It can separate when the filter is removed and stays up there. When they spin the new one on, it seals against the old o-ring and will certainly leak.

I think the oil pressure sending unit is right behind the oil filter (on the other side of the funnel). That seal could be leaking and making it look like it's coming from the other side.

When was the last time you had an oil change? May be easiest just to do it now, as any of the most likely reasons would be solved by doing so.
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Re: Why do I see oil below the oil filter location?

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Most common reason for oil in this location:

1) It's old oil leftover from the filter change. This is likely not the case, since you have been wiping it off and it returns.

2) The filter is loose. You could easily reach up and give it a turn. If it rotates, it was loose.

3) The o-ring is missing/damaged OR you have two there. Often quick-lube places (although dealerships, and DIY'ers do it too) fail to check that when replacing the filter the old o-ring was attached to the old filter. It can separate when the filter is removed and stays up there. When they spin the new one on, it seals against the old o-ring and will certainly leak.

I think the oil pressure sending unit is right behind the oil filter (on the other side of the funnel). That seal could be leaking and making it look like it's coming from the other side.

When was the last time you had an oil change? May be easiest just to do it now, as any of the most likely reasons would be solved by doing so.
For me it's most likely a loose filter. I just changed the oil myself 2k miles ago and my paranoia about the double o-ring (from an experience when I was young) would make that just about impossible. I'll isolate the issue when I crawl under there tonight...unfortunately it's 15F outside right now...
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Re: Why do I see oil below the oil filter location?

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For me it's most likely a loose filter. I just changed the oil myself 2k miles ago and my paranoia about the double o-ring (from an experience when I was young) would make that just about impossible. I'll isolate the issue when I crawl under there tonight...unfortunately it's 15F outside right now...
Being from the Great White North, 15F doesn't sound that bad...but it is a little cold to be crawling on the ground!
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Being from the Great White North, 15F doesn't sound that bad...but it is a little cold to be crawling on the ground!
I was born/raised in Ottawa actually, but having lived stateside for so long, you start to get acclimated. It reminded me of home when it was -15F here 2 weeks ago though!
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Re: Why do I see oil below the oil filter location?

I've noticed same problem.Sprayed degreaser on entire front from underneath and washed off.My cause looks like leaking power steering either pump or hose.This is hard to see from above but underneath you can see the oil is coming from above the filter.Just something to check.Now I have to determine if its pump or hose
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Re: Why do I see oil below the oil filter location?

I just had this problem...The mechanic told me it's the water pump gasket...the air is blowing the antifreeze coolant on the engine part than when you park it starts falling off...it's whizzing out like they say...

But at the same time oil was dripping from my oil filter, not sure what he said, I'm going to go repair it soon and let you know.
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