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Old 01-02-2002, 05:27 PM   #1
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Angry 2000 miles and Im already a quart low!

I just checked my oil, after letting the car sit overnight, and I am (at least) a quart low of oil! Could the car be burning oil already or did it probably just come underfilled from the factory? (I babied the car during break in)
Are there any long term implications of running low oil during the important break in period? (my car is at 2000 miles now)

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Old 01-03-2002, 08:43 PM   #2
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Good idea to go ahead and change your oil at 2k. Just keep a close eye on it. It is possible to be a little low from the factory. Did you check your oil as soon as you took delivery? I happened to notice my tranny fluid was about a 1/2 qt. low. at 5 mi. dealer topped it off and it hasn't changed since. So it was a little low from the factory. I've heard GM thinks 1qt. loss every 1000 mi. is considered "acceptable" I wouldn't accept that though.
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Old 01-04-2002, 01:26 AM   #3
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On my former 6 year old Legacy the dealer said 1 quart per oil change was not uncommon for a car with 100k miles. I gather RX-7s use a fair amount more than that due to the design. It all depends on the car, mileage, etc. But a new Subaru shouldn't be burning any oil.
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Old 01-04-2002, 02:37 AM   #4
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Not to shed a bad light just throwing out some questions if you didn't already check them off your list. I'm sure there are a lot of other technical questions out there but these just came to mind.

1. Did you change the crush washer at the same as the filter?

2. It the crush washer on snug and the oil filter on tight (not too tight)?

3. Did you measure the oil level immediately after your oil change before you started the car or after?

If your drain plug or oil filter is losing just a few drops of oil at any given time, you may never notice the leak as it "burns" off as you drive.

Good luck, hope nothin's wrong with the car.
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Old 01-04-2002, 08:57 AM   #5
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I didnt check the oil when I first bought it I thought about it, but I assumed that Subaru knows how much oil to put in their own cars I guess not.

To answer your question topcover, it has not had an oil change yet, so none of those should be issues.
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Old 01-04-2002, 01:11 PM   #6
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Whoops, thought you changed your oil and had this problem. I'm sure my parents would like to know that all the money they spent on my education allowed me to read really good!

I wouldn't worry unless you changed your oil and you continued to experience oil loss. At least you would have had control over your environment.
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Old 01-04-2002, 03:14 PM   #7
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Oh. Duh. You're supposed to check the oil when it's warm. Go for a drive, park the car and let it sit for ten minutes or so, then check it. It'll be a bit higher most likely.

That's why it's a good idea to check it when getting gas. The time it takes you to pump the gas allows the oil to flow back down and collect in the pan. Also, most all gas stations have flat fill-up areas.
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Old 01-04-2002, 03:25 PM   #8
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oh ok. hrm....why didnt I know that?
I thought that you were supposed to let the car sit for a while to let the oil drain back into the pan because that is where the dipstick takes its readings from? I guess not
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Old 01-04-2002, 04:53 PM   #9
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make sure the oil filter isn't leaking, changed mine twice w/subaru filter, both leaked. filter was leaking at 100 miles from factory. dealer told me it was common w/aftermarket filters. I don't see a difference since subaru doen't make their own filter anyway.
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Old 01-04-2002, 08:05 PM   #10
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Here is a video showing you how to check the oil level:

http://www.gmgoodwrench.com/dhtml/se...e/checkoil.mov

You get the most accurate reading if you check the oil level first thing in the morning before start up since the majority of the oil will be in the pan.

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Old 01-04-2002, 08:39 PM   #11
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Hello,
I'll throw in my experiences here: I've been just over 1/2 quart low every 3,000 miles.. I was worried about this but the tech at the dealership says this is normal for our boxer engines, in fact he says every wrx he services goes through some oil. The owner's manual even says that even up to 1 quart every 1,000 miles is within specs. So, unless you see smoke, smell burning oil, or see drips in the driveway, I think you are just experiencing normal loss (probably a bit low to start with). I would check your oil every 500-1000 miles to be safe, and that way you can also estimate when you might need to add some.
I've now got 7500 miles on mine and it seems like it is going through less as time goes on.
BTW, I haven't seen too many people on here report oil loss, but the tech at my dealership says its normal (I hope he's not blowing smoke ). I guess we'll both see...
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