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are two oil trails to my house. My back door had a mist of oil over it as well as the chassis being completely wet. Is this some form of self preservation thing that landrovers do to coat their chassis’s in oil once in a while? This has to be the worst oil spill I think I have ever made in my life. I must have spread a full 5 litres on the road. Considering I opted for a landrover on environmental grounds of not buying new cars every few years I feel I have lost my moral high ground. (If there was one) I have tried so hard over the years to keep things drip-free, and now this. I am now the car in the street with a trail of oil leading to it. I daren't look out of the curtains in case there is a line of Greenpeace protesters or sick seabirds flapping helplessly on the lawn.


After much searching I found I had a spare seal so popped that on that evening. Looking at the old one, although it went in flat it had twisted at the edge in one spot. Possibly slipped out under pressure.


Once bitten - I started the engine with the new seal in and watched underneath......... another pool of oil quickly began to form! How can I have got such a simple job so wrong? In all the other oil changes I have done - it was just fit and forget. Now - two in a row failed. I slackened off the housing and rotated it a little until I recognised the dented bit at the


base that was originally facing down. In this position I centred it again and tightened up. Now, not a drip!


This has been a cautionary tale - so next time you change an oil filter - just check there is an oil seal in the box before you start, and check your handiwork afterwards with the engine running to make sure all the oil stays on the inside!


In theory this could happen at any time, so it may be worthwhile to carry a seal as yet another spare. I really don't know of a quicker way to loose this much oil if one failed.


by Richie Asg


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