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Oil leak cold start

its been -35 C this past while, and just yesterday, after sitting parked for 10 hours, i noticed a little shot of oil in the snow after i started my truck. it looked like only about a table spoon plus whatever is running down the skid pan, but im pretty sure an oil purge isnt part of the normal start-up.
a friend of mine has an 06 X Trail, and had mentioned this to me before. his has done this for the last two years when it gets cold, but the stealer here said its 'just a seal that doesnt like anything below 30'. well then... who does?
im just checking to see if anyone has dealt with this or not.
i havent noticed it on other days when i plug in the block heater... hmm...
any ideas?
(fyi -40 F = -40 C)

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sorry if this has been addressed already, but i couldn't find any relevant posts...

thanks alot!
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This is the first I've heard about this issue.

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Sounds like th edealer might be on the right track about a seal. Almost sounds like it could be the oil filter. I could see that rubber seal getting pretty brittle in those temps. I might snug it just a tiny bit.

If it's a differnt seal, and the truck is still under warranty, make them find and fix it.
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No bro, I don't have any issues as far as oil leaks go, and it's colder here...


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Maybe the cold "loosened" something through the heat/cold cycle. I had a leak on my garage floor and I traced it to the drain plug (I do my own oil changes). Although it hasn't been below +10° F here, I know it didn't leak during the warm months.

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it gets pretty cold here in Ontario as well, but I've never noticed what you describe. Could be one of a few things, you said "down the front skid". The oil filter is right above the front skid so go and check if its tight. Maybe the gasket on the oil filter has shrunk a little with the extreme temps and needs a little retighten. Could be a engine gasket doing the same, or could be a loose drain plug, I had that once after a oil change and noticed oil on a brand new driveway. Good luck and let us know what it was.
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I had this same problem on my 89 K5. When it got really cold, the filter oring would leak just a little bit, when it was warm it was fine. I had to remember to tighten the filter about an 1/8th of a turn when the weather turned frigid to keep it from happening.

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y'know how much fun it is to lay under your truck in 30 below weather right? well, i havent gotten around to it yet... but its only -13 now so i crawled under. (though my beer was turning to slush)
looks like its coming from the oil filter. that little 'access' hole is just cruel...
it is a nissan filter. could that be why? what does everyone else use who doesnt have this problem?
im sure it was tight enough, as i managed to turn it only about another 16 or 8th of a turn. i was afraid of over tightening the oil filter as per HarshReality001's thread...
havent talked to the dealer yet... i think they wrote the book; "a run-around: delivery and condescension" but ill bring it up when i go buy my hitch wiring harness.

thanks for the input!
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Tightening it that little bit may be all it needed. Good luck

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could be debris on the filter seal. when you change the oil make sure to dab your finger in some oil and run it around the seal to lube it. also make sure to clean the seal face on the truck to make sure there isnt anything stuck to it so you get a good seal. i have seen the rubber seal come off filters and people not notice it and put the new filter on. this will create a leak.

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