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Old 10-02-2006, 05:43 PM   #1
ebaker
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Default oil use?

I changed the oil on my '06 for the first time at 1200 miles. I used M1 10W30 for the summer months and am getting ready to change to 5W30 for winter. I checked the oil the other day and it was about a quart low after 3000 miles. Has anyone else experienced any usage like this?

There are no drips or puddles under the car in the garage, but occasionally I can smell oil burning when I get out after parking. Any suggestions, besides heading to the dealer?

Eric
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Old 10-02-2006, 08:59 PM   #2
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Any suggestions, besides heading to the dealer?

Eric
Have the dealer come to YOU instead?

Seriously, I can't imagine you are out of your warranty period yet. If you smell burning oil, then there's obviously a problem. Take it in!
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Old 10-09-2006, 10:19 PM   #3
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Ours seems to use some oil, but I haven't been able to determine how much in 8500 miles of ownership. My legacy gt uses no oil in comparison.
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:05 AM   #4
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I've changed the oil 3X so far, I wait till 10K to switch to synth. I did that the last oil change. I don't seem to use any oil between changes as far as I can tell. Double check your filter is not leaking a little or maybe the oil plug. The plug as a crush washer that you are supposed to change every time you remove the plug. I've reused them before though w/ no problems. The first time you change the oil it looks like that there is no crush washer but it's there trust me. The plastic guard under the motor has a big felt soundproof carpet, if you are leaking and it's only a little, that could be soaking it up.
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Old 10-11-2006, 03:18 PM   #5
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I have an appointment tomorrow morning at the dealership. It appears the oil is all over the transmission housing as if it was leaking from the rear main seal. It looks like it mostly leaks when driving and it is streaming back along the housing. I'll post if they find anything interesting.

My '02 WRX never used any significant oil between changes as well.

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Old 10-12-2006, 09:42 AM   #6
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I went by the dealer and apparently the I have not been applying enough torque to the oil pan plug. The service manual states 33-ftlbs and I was setting my torque wrench to 25-ftlbs.

As any of you guys would know, after the gasket crushes you start to feel the resistance to turning increase dramatically. 25-ftlbs was plenty to get beyond the crush region but apparently not enough to prevent leaking.

So basically an oil change and a new gasket was all it set me back. I will still keep my eye on it though.

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Old 10-12-2006, 10:07 AM   #7
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I can't say enough about installing the oil drain valve. I highly suggest getting one. It makes changing the oil a lot quicker:

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/sho...4806#post24806
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Old 10-12-2006, 12:56 PM   #8
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I can't say enough about installing the oil drain valve. I highly suggest getting one. It makes changing the oil a lot quicker:

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/sho...4806#post24806
Based on your recommendation at the site you reference, I bought one that is sitting in my glove box waiting for my next oil change.

One consideration for anyone thinking about getting one - it took about 3 weeks to get here, so order it well in advance of your oil change...
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Old 10-12-2006, 01:24 PM   #9
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There is a vendor over at www.subaruforester.org that typically stocks them and can get them sooner AFAIK. His screen name is Roo. All scoobies take the same type so he can hook you up as well.
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Old 10-15-2006, 07:15 PM   #10
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The first few thousand miles it seemed to need a little topping up, but last 10K has not needed any between changes.
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