The horrors of seeing automotive fluids under your car

So today I took the Corvette to work, because it makes me hate driving my DD ('09 Accent GS) so much. It was due to rain badly this afternoon, so I snuck out of work at 9:30 to go swap cars.

I had a photography class tonight, so of course when I get back to work I realize that I left the camera in the Corvette. No big deal, I have time to run home after work to get it.

So I get home about 4:45 (the photography class starts at 6), and as I'm walking past the Corvette, I see oil on the ground, coming out from under the the driver's side. And of course I start freaking out. I checked the oil, and the level was normal. So I head out to my shed and drag the Harbor Freight low profile jack out of the shed, because I can't leave without knowing what the fuck is broken or I'll be distracted. It's enough oil that I'm thinking it must be a gasket or something like that, but not enough to change the level on the dip stick.


As soon as I get the car up in the air, I notice a small drip of oil on the bottom of the oil filter. I run in to get some paper towels, and get under the car. I wipe the oil off the filter, and realize that when the dealership did the oil change before I bought it, they didn't put the filter on tight enough. I was able to tighten it a full turn, which says a lot as I'm not known for my strength.

I've put 2,400 miles on this car in the 40 something days I've owned it - including 450+ miles of pure enjoyment last weekend. It could've been A LOT worse - it could've spun off without me noticing, grenading the engine.

For peace of mind, I'll check it on Sunday to make sure it's still tight. And I will definitely be the only person doing oil changes on this car, as long as I own it.

The picture is after I wiped off the excess with the paper towel - I'll have to hit it with some degreaser this weekend to remove the stain.


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