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Old 24 Nov 2009, 03:01 pm
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Default Honda civic question please!!!!! HELP!!!! PLZ?

Hey my name manny n i am a owner of a 1997 honda civic ex, i owned this car for 4 years now n no problems till today. i came from work today all happy cause i was changing the oil for my honda, so i took out the old oil n took out oil filter and then i put in new oil filter and put the screw back on realy hard. then when i put the new engine oil and i turn the car on, all of a sudden it starts to leak oil. lots of it!! i am so mad right now, my baby is going to die today novermber 18,2009. unless i find out why its leaking. please help me why it leaking. it seem to be leaking from the oil filter but i tighting it very very very hard. please help i dont want to loose this car it means alot to me!!!!! my dad bought it for me and he passed away.
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Old 24 Nov 2009, 03:16 pm
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your only 21? streeter boy who thinks he's hard yes?































see you in a car wreck
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Old 24 Nov 2009, 03:31 pm
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have an expert look at it
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Old 24 Nov 2009, 04:31 pm
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first you should remove the oil pan screw again you may have cross threaded it putting it back on make sure that didnt happen also you could have made it to tight over tightening on aluminum is not good you could have striped the threads i would get a rag wipe the bolt clean start the engine to make sure thats were its leaking from if so go to the parts store they may have something to fix it wich im sure they do next time only make sure its snug do not over tighten if your not sure buy the repair maunuel for that car it will tell u everything you need to repair and tighten
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Old 24 Nov 2009, 04:46 pm
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If you over tighten the oil filter you push the oil seal on the filter out. It will Leak I would replace filter and hand tighten plus 1/4 turn after hand tighten this should fix the leak.
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You may have cross-threaded the oil filter. Did it spin on easily (by hand) all the way to the very end and then get tight? If so, did you oil the filter seal before spinning it on? if you didn;t lubricate the seal it may not be seating properly. Or was it hard to turn right from the beginning? If it was hard to turn right away, you cross-threaded it. If you are lucky, you only damaged the threads on the filter itself. Remove the filter and inspect the threads on the filter and on the engine. if the threads on the engine look good, buy a new filter, and be more careful threading it on. Lucricate the rubber seal with oil, then it should spin on BY HAND until the gasket touches, then tighten ONE more 3/4 to full turn BY HAND. Over tightening it is not better, that can make it leak and make it very difficult to remove. No tools are required to make it tight enough.































If the threads on the engine are damaged - you'll need the help of a shop to repair the damaged threads before a new oil filter will hold.
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Old 24 Nov 2009, 05:16 pm
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take it all back out and make sure that everything is as it should be with all the seals correctly positioned. when you filled it back up with oil, did you keep checking the dip stick? if you over filled it with oil you could have caused damage to the seals.
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Old 24 Nov 2009, 05:31 pm
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Sounds like the oil filter may have been cross-threaded when it was screwed on which in that case you may have caused yourself more grief because you have possibly damaged the threads on your block meaning it's going to leak no matter what filter you put on. You may have pushed the gasket too tight and collapsed it. Inspect the threads for uneveness and cuts in the threads. If so, you probably have caused the same issue on the block. In this case, you'll need some proffesional insight. Don't start the engine until this is fixed.















Another possibility (hopefully for your sake) is that you purchased a faulty oil filter with a bad gasket on it. Make sure whenever you replace an oil filter to put a dab of new oil on your fingers and lightly coat the filter gasket. This helps the natural seal/bond between the filter and the block.































Hope this helps and hopefully your problem is the easier of the two and not the crossthread problem.































Good Luck!
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Old 24 Nov 2009, 05:46 pm
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There can only be three problems:































You ripped a hole in the filter.































You malformed the oil filter gasket.































You accidentally left the old oil filter gasket on, leaving two gaskets for 1 filter.































If you malformed (got it out of shape so it does not seal the filter) loosen the filter and take it off. Put a new one on it necessary. I like Fram oil filters they are the only ones with the no slip grip on the end, that works even if there is oil on it. I can almost hand tighten them tight enough. And do not go more than 2/3 a full spin sfter snugging it up hand tight. Over tightening will not help. In fact it may hurt and will make it harder to remove the filter.































Sometimes the old gasket stays on from the old filter. Just remove the oil filter, remove the old gasket, disaguard it, and re-install the oil filter.































Then your baby should not leak, and a little running with low oil pressure should not kill the engine.
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Old 24 Nov 2009, 06:01 pm
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You might have tighten it to much, braking the seal of the oil filter. It could also be your you have put it in a wrong or dis align position. Also check your oil filter if its really for your car model. Your problem could only be on these things. Hope this helps!
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