So I finally have the oil drip issue. This actually started happening after doing an oil change. I started using mobil 1 synthetic (been using castrol synthetic for a year now), with mobil 1 filter. Noticed the drain plug had a little leak, it was already tight, leaking a little less now. The oil filter seems to be leaking from where the filter attaches to. Also a drip coming from a bolt that might be from the rear main seal.
I just want some confirmation of whats exactly leaking before I go and replace the rear main seal and o ring for the filter adapter. The dip stick isnt showing bad levels either, borderline safe and over full, so i'm not losing any oil really fast.
Would be best if you cleaned everything off down there, then after driving for a day or two the leaks should be easier to see. With all the oil it's hard to tell if it's a filter leaking or the filter stand, pan gasket, rear main. valve cover or what.
Mine started after an oil change, too. Are you certain there aren't any pieces of an old gasket under the new filter? As to leaking at the plug, I can't tell from the pic but is your washer still in place? It was missing from mine Jeep when I got it.
Yea, I'll go to a car wash and pressure wash the under area, hope they don't mind me using my wheel ramps hehe. As for the oil filter, I'm sure there isn't anything affecting the rubber seal. As always I put a little oil on the rubber seal on the filter. And the brownish rubber washer is indeed still on the plug.
Always look for the highest, most forward point to identify your leak. That is assuming you've not been out driving around and blowing it all over your engine again! lol After I got mine cleaned up I literally got under it when it was running to find the leaks - with a very trusted person on the brake pedal. My leaks are at the adapter and at one spot on the pan - taking care of those while getting the tranny swapped out.
I went to the car wash to pressure wash the driping areas. Got home and already had one forming. This is a bolt on a pan like part where the starter attaches to. all the other spots show no sign of drip yet.
Probably rear main seal. I know mine leaks and when I replaced my starter had all kinds of dirty oil on the starter engagement arm. Using non synth will help slow the leak a lot. Synth has a lot of detergents and Mobil 1 probable more than what you were previously using.