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Old 12-18-2001, 02:45 PM   #1
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How frequently is everyone changing the crush washer when doing oil changes? I've done three changes with the original one but do notice the need to torque down to limit any leak. Is there a torque spec for the oil drain plug?
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Old 12-18-2001, 04:25 PM   #2
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Old 12-18-2001, 04:55 PM   #3
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Agreed! Also, it is EXTREMELY easy to strip the threads on the oil pan by overtightening the drain plug. Then you get to replace your oil pan

Next time you're at the dealer, get a dozen and throw them in your tool box.
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Old 12-18-2001, 05:27 PM   #4
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And just to be contrary, as well as informational, I've owned quite a few cars, and while I sometimes change the crush washer, there have been times I've changed oil for years (doing it every 3 months) on a car and resused the same crush washer. And I've never had leaks, stripped the oil pan threads, or had any negative effects from reuse of the washer. And that includes my last Subaru Legacy GT which had the same crush washer on it when I sold it that was on it when I bought it new.

So do it either way, it's really a non issue if you just use a reasonable tightening torque.
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Old 12-18-2001, 08:23 PM   #5
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Say after me: "CRUSH washer"......

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Old 12-18-2001, 09:05 PM   #6
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Say after me: "CRUSH washer"......

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So If I say "CRUSH washer" 8 times will it make me a "Subie Specialist"?? BTW - the answer to that is YES!
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Old 12-19-2001, 03:02 AM   #7
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Oh heck with it, I just ordered the Fumotov valve.
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Old 12-19-2001, 06:15 AM   #8
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yeah i chage mine like every 2-3-4 oil changes. it depends. i really rely on the condition of each washer. if there are no flaws then why waste? well that's just me and i have had no problems.
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Old 12-19-2001, 09:45 AM   #9
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Its your car after all, and you may never have a problem re-using it, but, it's 99 cents from napa. I bought a box. Cheap insurance. And, I have changed my oil twice since going to the napa crush washers, NO PROBLEMS

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Old 12-19-2001, 10:33 AM   #10
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I always change the washer. My local dealer sells them automatically with the filters. $5 for filter and washer, I'm not gonna complain.
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