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Old 10-07-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
kyporter903
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I'm new to H-Town and was wondering if you could recommend an oil change joint for me. I live in the heights and therefore do not like commuting to the Subaru Dealers as they are both only accessible to me during rush hour traffic. If you could recommend somewhere that not only does oil changes, but also tire rotations, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:04 PM   #2
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Ill talk to my boss. He lives in the Heights.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:19 PM   #3
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Subaru oil changes aren't any more complex than any other oil changes. Some automatic models have two filters that look similar but one is for ATF and one is for oil. They are labeled so unless your lube tech is illiterate it shouldn't be a problem.

Any quick-lube place should be able to handle an oil change for you - just double check their work before you drive away.

Discount Tire does tire rotations for free if your rotation doesn't need a remove and rebalance - otherwise I think it's $20 for a full rebalance / remount and rotation. If you purchased and had Discount install the tires, you have free rotation / rebalance for the lifetime of the tires. Check and see if your tires are directional.

I do oil changes with German Castrol and Purolator PureONE filters. PM me for details. I'm in the Midtown area.

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Old 10-07-2013, 07:11 PM   #4
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Awesome. I may end up doing it myself then. I wonder if me going stage two on my WRX ('12 Sedan) should play into shorter oil change increments? Also, what about the tranny fluid? DIYer I would think as well?
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:40 AM   #5
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I want to say I'm past stag 2 and I do oil changes every 3000 miles. The tranny is pretty easy to change yourself, I do mine around 30,000 to 50,000 just to be safe you can go longer.
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:45 AM   #6
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If you decide you want some AMSOIL, shoot me a PM, I can ship to your door. Purolator or WIX are the way to go on filters, though you may have to order the WIX.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:43 AM   #7
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If you decide you want some AMSOIL, shoot me a PM, I can ship to your door. Purolator or WIX are the way to go on filters, though you may have to order the WIX.
Don't forget amsoil sells there own filters also.
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:31 AM   #8
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Oil change intervals with modern engine oils can be so long that it will out-last the filter - provided you're using good oil for your engine:

Good oils to use for 5000-8000 mile intervals:
Mobil 1 0w-40
Castrol 0w-30
Shell Rotella T6 5w-40

Oils to avoid:
Royal Purple
Mobil 1 5w-30
Castrol 0w-40

Every oil change on my 05 stage 2 STi gets analyzed by a laboratory that tells me how well (or not) the oil is doing in the engine. Use a good oil, and you can do around 5000-8000 mile oil change interval. However, at around the 8000 mile mark you want to be checking in on your oil filter because the filter element doesn't last that long.

AMSOIL is a great oil to use as well - I haven't used it but other people have and it returns great results from the lab.

Check out BobIsTheOilGuy.com for more reading about motor oil.

For transmission fluid, I have had good success with Motul 300 transmission fluid and Subaru Extra-S. I'd avoid cocktails and other fluids as Subaru transmissions seem to be extremely picky about what fluid they like. Use the wrong fluid and you will chew up your synchros and it causes harsh shifting and the general inability to get in/out of gear. If you live in a cold climate (likely not...if you're posting in TXIC) use Subaru Extra-S. If you need to drive the car in a cold climate where it gets below freezing, use Motul 300. The dealership sells Subaru Extra-S in 5-gallon drums, and some dealerships like Fred Beans online or Gillman Subaru North in Houston will sell Extra-S in quarts.

On your WRX you can also use the same Motul 300 or the Extra-S in your rear differential. I have the Subaru factory tool to remove the plug on the rear differential that doesn't damage the plug. If you just use a 1/2 in socket wrench it can damage the plug and strip it out. I also have the Torx bits to drain the transmission fluid and also to open the level plug on the side on newer cars.

If you're interested, I do group buys of Extra-S - we split up the 5-gallon drum amongst a few people and it comes out to be significantly cheaper than if you bought quarts from Gillman Subaru.

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Old 10-08-2013, 10:35 AM   #9
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Oil change intervals with modern engine oils can be so long that it will out-last the filter - provided you're using good oil for your engine:

Good oils to use for 5000-8000 mile intervals:
Mobil 1 0w-40
Castrol 0w-30
Shell Rotella T6 5w-40

Oils to avoid:
Royal Purple
Mobil 1 5w-30
Castrol 0w-40

Every oil change on my 05 stage 2 STi gets analyzed by a laboratory that tells me how well (or not) the oil is doing in the engine. Use a good oil, and you can do around 5000-8000 mile oil change interval. However, at around the 8000 mile mark you want to be checking in on your oil filter because the filter element doesn't last that long.

AMSOIL is a great oil to use as well - I haven't used it but other people have and it returns great results from the lab.

Check out BobIsTheOilGuy.com for more reading about motor oil.
I'll be shooting you a PM.
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:55 PM   #10
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Why not do it yourself? Its easy fast and cheap. I spend less than 30$ on oil and filter.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:25 AM   #11
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Why not do it yourself? Its easy fast and cheap. I spend less than 30$ on oil and filter.
I simply do not have room. I live in a cramped townhome community....
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