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Old 07-10-2006, 09:59 PM   #1
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Default messy,messy Tribeca oil change

I changed the oil in my Tribeca today. It has 950 miles on it. I know the manual says I don't hae to change it so soon. I wanted to change it for two reasons:

1. I'm going on a week long trip soon and

2. The car was over filled from the factory. The dipstick showed what I would consider to be about 1/2 quart too much.

Anyway I read Peaty's oil change tutorial ( http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6167 ). I found it very enlightening. This is my first Subaru. Trying to find a place to jack the car was harder than on most other cars. For those of you that haven't purchased the Fumoto oil drain valve yet, don't wait. I stuffed rags in the shroud area to try and avoid the mess that Peaty described. That didn't work. Oil was coming out from everywhere. Made a nice mess in the driveway. The Fumoto valve will hopefully prevent that in the future. Other than that it wasn't too bad. Just very messy.
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Old 07-11-2006, 07:48 AM   #2
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I've got a drip somewhere. I cant tell if its the old oil that went everywhere still dripping from the shroud or if its the new drain plug. Its a slow drip. I tried to clean the shroud best I could this morning. I'll keep an eye on it. I'm afraid the soundproofing soaked up some of the oil. I just can't believe how messy this was.
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:28 AM   #3
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I just did my 1k mile oil change too. I know what you mean about the oil mess. I pressed the shroud up towards the oil pan and this helped to keep the oil stream off the shroud.

I also backed the oil filter off slowly, allowing oil to drain in small increments. It's amazing that they give you so much room with the trap door yet it is still easy to make a mess.
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:29 AM   #4
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I've got a drip somewhere.
Apparently the drip was old oil dripping from the shroud. The soundproofing on top of the shroud got soaked with it.

Hopefully the fumoto valve I installed will stop this from happening again.
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:41 AM   #5
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I feel better now that I always spend $25 for my dealer to change the oil.
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:46 AM   #6
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I feel better now that I always spend $25 for my dealer to change the oil.

Probably not a bad idea. I always prefered to do it myself. This time I would have rather paid the $25 and avoided the mess.
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Old 07-22-2006, 05:34 AM   #7
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Just did the first oil change on the wife's Tribeca tonight. After hearing the stories of the mess, I borrowed a trick that I used on her old Mazda6 and made a couple "shields" out of aluminum foil. One facing the drain plug and one behind/below it. Did the trick nicely. No oil flying all over the place and no oil soaked in to the sound deadening. I did put in a Fumoto valve so I won't have to worry about the whole routine again, but for those wanting to keep the stock drain plug, a couple little foil shields will do wonders to keep the mess down.
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Old 07-23-2006, 05:15 PM   #8
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made a couple "shields" out of aluminum foil. One facing the drain plug and one behind/below it. Did the trick nicely. No oil flying all over the place and no oil soaked in to the sound deadening.
Great idea. Wish I had known of this before I did mine.
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Old 07-26-2006, 11:36 AM   #9
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Thanks for the foil tip. I'll be doing my first oil change in a couple weeks.
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Old 08-24-2006, 11:29 PM   #10
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Default oil change

Installed the Fumoto valve with nipple. Now it takes 5 min. to change the oil. Only if they didn't have those stupid plastic rivets on the oil filter access. It would be 3 min. Got a Fumoto valve for my son's Imprez and my Saturn Vue. Wonderful. No spilling oil or problems on windy day when you can use a hose. The tribeca gets Mobil 1 and so does the Saturn. My son swears by the regular oil at 3K. I go 7K with filter. Been doing that since mid '80.
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Old 08-25-2006, 09:23 AM   #11
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Default may I suggest this Gizmo, works fine for all fluids

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