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Old 10-28-2012, 10:36 PM   #26
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Any pics of the access hole from underneath?

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Old 10-29-2012, 05:15 AM   #27
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If you're afraid that you won't be able to find the access hole and drain plug, don't worry. It's easy to find once you're under the car.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:30 PM   #28
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I also had a Subaru 15208AA160 oil filter and a new crush washer (Subaru part number 803916010).

Is there a crush washer on the oil filter? If so, were they included with the filters you purchased?
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:56 PM   #29
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When I bought Subaru 160 filters online, they didn't come with crush washers. But that's OK, since I have a Fumoto valve installed.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:52 PM   #30
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When I bought Subaru 160 filters online, they didn't come with crush washers. But that's OK, since I have a Fumoto valve installed.
This might be a dumb question, but is there any chance of the fumato valve getting hit and losing your oil?
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:19 PM   #31
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^^ Not much of a chance. The valve doesn't hang below the plastic belly pan. I suppose someone who does off-roading with a Subaru might have reason to be concerned, but the Impreza isn't an off-roading car, so that shouldn't be much of a concern. If you break the Fumoto valve off your oil pan, you've probably done other damage to your car too (exhaust and more).

My oil change with the valve was much less messy than my first oil change using the drain plug. 0W-20 oil is super thin (especially when it's hot), and with the drain plug it dumps out of your oil pan FAST. I don't care how you position your catch pan, you're going to splash some oil. The Fumoto valve with the nipple (F-108N, I believe) and hose gives much better control of where the oil goes.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:27 PM   #32
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^^ Not much of a chance. The valve doesn't hang below the plastic belly pan. I suppose someone who does off-roading with a Subaru might have reason to be concerned, but the Impreza isn't an off-roading car, so that shouldn't be much of a concern. If you break the Fumoto valve off your oil pan, you've probably done other damage to your car too (exhaust and more).

My oil change with the valve was much less messy than my first oil change using the drain plug. 0W-20 oil is super thin (especially when it's hot), and with the drain plug it dumps out of your oil pan FAST. I don't care how you position your catch pan, you're going to splash some oil. The Fumoto valve with the nipple (F-108N, I believe) and hose gives much better control of where the oil goes.
Totally agree about the added ease of oil changes. I'm just more curious as to how much pressure it would take to dislodge the adapter valve and lose your oil. I guess its a 1 in a 1,000,000 shot that a rock would dislodge it. In for one, thanks for your input!
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:21 PM   #33
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For those who want to see what the Fumoto valve looks like after installation:



As you can see, the bottom of the valve is recessed up into the hole in the plastic belly pan. I think you'll agree that knocking the valve off the oil pan with a rock or other obstruction would be VERY difficult!
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:49 PM   #34
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For those who want to see what the Fumoto valve looks like after installation:

As you can see, the bottom of the valve is recessed up into the hole in the plastic belly pan. I think you'll agree that knocking the valve off the oil pan with a rock or other obstruction would be VERY difficult!

Exactly what I wanted to see!! Thanks sgodste01! I'll be contacting you shortly about your head unit, you have the best application so far on that thread.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:04 PM   #35
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^^ Glad I could help answer some questions.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:02 PM   #36
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Just a FYI to everyone here, I don't own a "new" subaru, but one thing that I have noticed is the paint on the oil pan where the oil pan plug goes and if a little piece of paint gets worn away it will cause a leak. So, if anyone is having a problem with the whole leaking thing, sand away the paint where the crush washer sits and then finish up with a smooth grit and it shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:16 AM   #37
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^^ Or use a Fumoto valve, which protects the oil pan paint since you don't have to unscrew and re-install the valve at each oil change.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:08 AM   #38
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Just to confirm, is that the F-105N?

There's apparently a local distributor within driving distance, and I'm thinking of paying them a visit.
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No, you want the F-108N.

I think the F-105N might be the correct valve for pre-2012 Imprezas, but I'm not sure about that. I also don't know the correct fitment for 2012/2013 WRX and STI.

The F-108N is the correct valve for 2012+ Imprezas with the 2.0i normally-aspirated engine. I'm certain of that.

Here's your price to beat:

http://www.amazon.com/Fumoto-F-108N-Engine-Drain-Valve/dp/B003VCB9WC/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1353415928&sr=1-1&keywords=f-108nhttp://www.amazon.com/Fumoto-F-108N-Engine-Drain-Valve/dp/B003VCB9WC/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1353415928&sr=1-1&keywords=f-108n
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Thanks! Good thing I asked, instead of blindly following the Fumoto Canada site.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:34 PM   #41
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Yeah, you'd think they could have updated their web site by now.....
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:47 AM   #42
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Did the change at 7.5k on my crosstrek. I did it cold because I didn't want hot oil burning my hands and one problem I has was when I took the oil filter off I did it slow but a ton came out and almost filled the little round tray the oil filter sits in. I had to shop towel all the old oil out of that tray before installing the new filter.

Is there a way to avoid this mess? Is it just because the oil was cold?
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Did the change at 7.5k on my crosstrek. I did it cold because I didn't want hot oil burning my hands and one problem I has was when I took the oil filter off I did it slow but a ton came out and almost filled the little round tray the oil filter sits in. I had to shop towel all the old oil out of that tray before installing the new filter.

Is there a way to avoid this mess? Is it just because the oil was cold?
This was after you drained the oil from the plug? How long did you let it drain?
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^^That's what I was going to ask, too. Whenever I drain the oil first and then remove the filter, I get no mess.

Also, it's generally recommended to not drain cold oil, as it doesn't flow as fast (that flow is what flushes out some sediment).

You should check out a Fumoto valve. That would allow you to drain hot oil without getting any on your hands.
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^^That's what I was going to ask, too. Whenever I drain the oil first and then remove the filter, I get no mess.

Also, it's generally recommended to not drain cold oil, as it doesn't flow as fast (that flow is what flushes out some sediment).

You should check out a Fumoto valve. That would allow you to drain hot oil without getting any on your hands.
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Old 03-23-2014, 02:55 PM   #46
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hello, just got a new 2014 impreza sport, was talking to my dad ( he does autobody ) and said/ seen that i could get a oil filter cover ? something to keep the dirt and stuff getting in the little hole to prevent it from clogging. has anyone seen this if so let me know.

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hello, just got a new 2014 impreza sport, was talking to my dad ( he does autobody ) and said/ seen that i could get a oil filter cover ? something to keep the dirt and stuff getting in the little hole to prevent it from clogging. has anyone seen this if so let me know.

thanks Joe.
Huh? To keep dirt from getting into the hole for the couple of minutes when the old oil filter is off, but before the new filter goes on? Is that what you mean?
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There shouldn't be a hole in the oil filter
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Huh? To keep dirt from getting into the hole for the couple of minutes when the old oil filter is off, but before the new filter goes on? Is that what you mean?
to keep dirt from getting in the hole after doing a oil change. Not to soak it up or anything like that just so nothing can get in there when driving and such or does that not happen. Thanks again
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to keep dirt from getting in the hole after doing a oil change. Not to soak it up or anything like that just so nothing can get in there when driving and such or does that not happen. Thanks again
I still don't understand what hole you're referring to.
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