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hey, ive noticed that there always seems to be a drop of oil at the bottom of my oil pan near where the plug is. I was also reading on some honda site the "steps to change your own oil" which i do. and it said "get a new crush washer for on the plug" well ive never done that, and i don't think i have an old crush washer or a rubber seal, or anything like that. so, could this be why? and where would i get a new crush washer to fit? its got me a little more worried now, although i think its just the plug, because i was reading on clutch failure and it can be because of oil leaks and gasket failures. then again my car has 66k on it and i think the stock clutch.. and its just now starting to chatter a little and sometimes hard to get into reverse. so i think its just old, and the oil drip is something just cus of the plug, unrelated. i hope!


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Thats it. You have to replace it everytime you change the oil. Thats why you should get a Hyundai oil filter. They include the crush washer with it unlike aftermarket ones. However, I had my oil changed once by a gas station that was having a deal (cheaper then doing it myself!) for $10 oil change. He did NOT put a new crush washer on because it was an aftermarket filter and didn't know. However, I am not leaking any oil. Go to the dealer, buy a filter so you can get one or just ask him if you can have a crush washer. I doubt he will charge you

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Get a new crush washer for the sump plug each time you do the oil.

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I also had the same problem. I did several oil changes on my car and there was no crush washer from the factory so when the spare parts guy at my dealership asked if i wanted one, i was suprised and then thought "uhh duh now i know why it needed to be tightened up so much to stop leaking!".
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I've been doing my own oil changes on my Tibby for the last 2-3 years. Never changed the crush washer, never had any leaks there. However, I did replace my stock drain plug with a magnetic unit tht had a white nylon washer. I've been using that since the first 500 miles. It might seal better than the stock unit.

If you DO notice drips/leaking there, replacing or adding a crush washer is the easy fix at your next oil change.


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It's also important not to over-torque the oil drain plug when tightening. The oil pan is not that thick and fairly easy to strip out.


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