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    Leaking oil filter

    This is the 3rd time I've replaced the oil filter on my 3rd gen CR-V, and two of these three times, the filter has dripped. Last time, I had to tighten it down a little more to get it to stop. This time, nothing is working. I did our other 3rd gen the same night last week and it's leak-free. And who knows how many other oil filters I've done in the past with no issues whatsoever. There was no old gasket stuck on the engine, but I'm thinking I will have to get out the brighter lights and glasses to get a much closer look at the mounting surface this time. As it stands, I'm going to buy another new filter today, going back to Mobil 1 I used for many years (this is the Fram XG on there now, with barely 100 miles on it, although I had the same filter last time).

    Just curious if there might be a common issue with these 3rd gen engines, or just a fluke on my particular CR-V.
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    How bad is it leaking? Could it just be residual oil from when you did the oil change? Maybe you didn’t wipe everything up. Just a thought....



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    If it is perpetually leaking like that, I would suggest inspecting the mating surface for the gasket the next time you change it. There may be some trash stuck to it or be damaged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDub View Post
    If it is perpetually leaking like that, I would suggest inspecting the mating surface for the gasket the next time you change it. There may be some trash stuck to it or be damaged.
    I bought another filter and extra oil today--once it stops raining, I'm going to take the Fram off, and get out the bright light so I can see what's on that surface. That is all I can think of myself. As dumb as it sounds, depending on what's wrong (such as a damaged oil filter base), I may have to use some Hondabond on the filter gasket until I get back home from the road trip in case I need to replace anything. Worst case, I can replace the oil filter base, p/n 15310-RZA-000, for $60-ish.

    @Coastie05 it's dripping enough to leave small spots on the driveway for the past week.
    2009 CR-V EX-L / 2009 CR-V EX-L #2 / 2004 Civic LX / 1997 CR-V LX / 2002 Accord EX-L V6

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    I am using the Purolator or Honda filters on my 08 CRV. I have not experienced the leaking around the seal area and the filter. Any chance you are in to a batch of filters where the seal has some sort of imperfection in it?
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    I can't recall if my first oil change was a Mobil 1 or Fram, so it could have been two different brands. The last two were Fram, but I don't recall the last one leaking either.

    Given how many oil changes I've done just in my '97 (close to 40?) without a leak, not to mention numerous other cars over the years, you'd think I would have this figured out by now.

    It's going be a rough day to pull the filter though. It's windy, so all that oil that dumps out when I drop the filter will probably blow around. I keep a couple dozen thick squares of cardboard in the garage to keep the the driveway clean, but it still makes the mess worse during cleanup.

    Heading out now to mess with it.
    2009 CR-V EX-L / 2009 CR-V EX-L #2 / 2004 Civic LX / 1997 CR-V LX / 2002 Accord EX-L V6

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    I order Honda oil filters off Amazon - six for $40 ($6.67 each) and free shipping with Prime. Figure if Honda makes them they must be good. Never had a problem with them in my 2002 or my 2014 CRV.

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    I remember reading (possibly on another site) that the rubber ring on the filter can sometimes get "stuck" to the engine block, so that when you install a new filter it won't seal correctly.

    So after removing the old filter inspect the mounting location to make sure it's clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racoon View Post
    I remember reading (possibly on another site) that the rubber ring on the filter can sometimes get "stuck" to the engine block, so that when you install a new filter it won't seal correctly.

    So after removing the old filter inspect the mounting location to make sure it's clean.
    +1 I think I saw this on Scotty Kilmet youtube channel

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgilliland
    .. if Honda makes them they must be good. ...
    Honda does not make oil filters. Branding and Licensing does not constitute manufacturing.


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