Originally Posted by dieselmatt
I checked the tightness and it was tight. I just changed the o-ring with the filter so if it wasn't tight it should be now. It does have a hint of diesel smell to it, but its more slippery than diesel which leads me to think its a mix. One of the spots I see the black liquid is on the turbo flexible pipe on the top left of it. Almost like its getting blown out by the turbo. I checked the clamps and they seemed good .
okay here goes. the 3micron filter on top of the engine is located in the "fuel bowl" . when you change it, no need to remove any fuel, just put the new filter in nice and SLOW and let it absorb the fuel like a sponge and you'll be trouble free.
most likely the spilt diesel is what you are seeing, i always see a little bit after a filter change.
as for the "black liquid being blown out by the turbo" that's exactly what it is. it is engine oil vapor that has been recycled thru the intake from the CCV (crank case ventilation) there is a cheap mod to reroute this so it stays clean. you will have that oil mess in your charge tubes and intercooler as well as your intake manifold thanks to the CCV.
as far as your original question i think you're okay, it's all normal stuff you are seeing from what i can tell.