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Old 06-06-2012, 05:21 PM   #5326
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Mabe it was your cats, I know I get the rotten egg smell every ounce in a while when I hit the higher rpms.
I've smelled that from other cars - never mine though. But maybe what I'm smelling has something to do with the cats or exhaust system.. getting blown out because I go for weeks driving easy, then once in a while I need all 175HP. (California emissions model has 5 more HP for some reason!)

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Hmm.. I do smell Anti-freeze fluid/gas sometimes in the car when im on it, when the AC is on. Then I dont smell it anymore.

But then i turn my cars AC onto recirculating in cabin, not using outside air.
Interesting. I'll have to pay attention to see if it happens with or without AC. I think it's mostly with AC on.. not recirculating.. but I'll have to make sure. Good call.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:45 PM   #5327
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I smell it too, its problably normal. Just the unburned "chemicals" in the exhaust creeping up. Thats what the cat is suppose to kill. But nothing is perfect.

Anyways, to the people who did their own oil change: did you guys have to buy a new crush washer when you take out the drain plug? I'm gonna do it tomorrow and I would like to have somw tips :P
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:48 PM   #5328
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I smell it too, its problably normal. Just the unburned "chemicals" in the exhaust creeping up. Thats what the cat is suppose to kill. But nothing is perfect.

Anyways, to the people who did their own oil change: did you guys have to buy a new crush washer when you take out the drain plug? I'm gonna do it tomorrow and I would like to have somw tips :P
Nope. I reuse mine. I would want to buy a new one about every 5-8 oil changes.....

with our imprezas, use your jackstand on the chassis pinches(you will thank me, as i originally did it on the suspension mounts and did it make a mess). Also, When the drain is almost done, I like to take out the jackstands to get every drop as the oil pan is very weird shaped..


Be sure to check your oil filter gasket is still on the oil filter, and not the Oil Filter Reciever.(happened to most of my subaru filters)

I think thats about it.....????
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:24 AM   #5329
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When I used Mobil1 the people at the parts counter would just give me a crush washer if I asked. Now I use AMS-Oil which I need to buy from a dealer I know locally but is cheaper than Mobil1 and quites the beast down a bit Subaru's are so loud when they're cold! But, I'd just buy a pack of washers and replace it every other oil change, you could probably go 10+ oil changes but better safe than sorry.

Edit: forget the jack-stands, I borrow a buddies lift
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:53 AM   #5330
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Lol, thanks. my friend said he would lift it from a center point, would that be bad? i've never used a center point before and what if i didn't use a crush washer, would that be bad too? my friend was saying that wouldn't really be necessary. but he owns a 240 and civic sooo but thanks for the info ill just use the same crush washer and buy more some other time

haha, yeah i bought mobil1 5w-30 with a k&n oil filter.

anyone use 0w-30? i saw it at walmart and i wasn't sure if we could use it. they say on the container that it covers the warranty protection with 5w-30 and i think 10w-30?
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:03 AM   #5331
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Lol, thanks. my friend said he would lift it from a center point, would that be bad? i've never used a center point before and what if i didn't use a crush washer, would that be bad too? my friend was saying that wouldn't really be necessary. but he owns a 240 and civic sooo but thanks for the info ill just use the same crush washer and buy more some other time

haha, yeah i bought mobil1 5w-30 with a k&n oil filter.

anyone use 0w-30? i saw it at walmart and i wasn't sure if we could use it. they say on the container that it covers the warranty protection with 5w-30 and i think 10w-30?
... what...? hope he means the differentials.. You should use a crush washer, I believe it prevents the screw to backout with backpressure from the washer.

nice. 0w-30 is more winter stuff or to get gunk out of engine.
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:48 AM   #5332
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I used to buy k&n or bosch or mobil oil filters because I thought I was getting a better filter than a fram for the price. I did a little research and ended up finding out about subaru's high bypass spec (22 or 23 psi... can't remember right now). Most filters that you'll find at the auto parts store have a bypass pressure between 7 and 12 psi. Basically that means that if these filters clog for any reason, they'll let the unfiltered oil back into the engine sooner than a subaru filter would. The easiest way to meet that spec that I've found is just to buy the blue subaru filters. The dealer near me sells me a 12 pack at $5-6 a unit. (they fit the wife's forester as well, so I go through them faster than you'd think)
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:35 AM   #5333
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Good that it sounds like that smell when pushing engine hard/ revving it out, is normal.

It makes sense that it's blowing stuff out of the cats/ exhaust as it didn't happen when car was bran new, but with 3 years- 26.5k miles under it's belt, there's probably plenty of built up stuff in the exhaust. I don't think anything is wrong with car- it run perfectly otherwise.
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:48 AM   #5334
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Hey i need help, I stumbled upon a 09 Legacy 3.0R should I trade in my 2008 impreza 2.5i for it?

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Old 06-07-2012, 12:10 PM   #5336
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Hey i need help, I stumbled upon a 09 Legacy 3.0R should I trade in my 2008 impreza 2.5i for it?

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Old 06-07-2012, 12:47 PM   #5337
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What mileage? Condition? Service history? I wouldn't blindly say yes! It might be a horrible thing to do. Might be great deal... Not enough info!
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What mileage? Condition? Service history? I wouldn't blindly say yes! It might be a horrible thing to do. Might be great deal... Not enough info!
2009, 40k, good condition (curb rash on stock wheels but i have an extra set of wheels already), dark silver, black interior, auto with si-drive. Car fax /car service was excellent. Asking 17,000. Trade in 10,800.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:29 PM   #5339
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2009, 40k, good condition (curb rash on stock wheels but i have an extra set of wheels already), dark silver, black interior, auto with si-drive. Car fax /car service was excellent. Asking 17,000. Trade in 10,800.
What's the mileage on your car?
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:56 PM   #5340
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I used to buy k&n or bosch or mobil oil filters because I thought I was getting a better filter than a fram for the price. I did a little research and ended up finding out about subaru's high bypass spec (22 or 23 psi... can't remember right now). Most filters that you'll find at the auto parts store have a bypass pressure between 7 and 12 psi. Basically that means that if these filters clog for any reason, they'll let the unfiltered oil back into the engine sooner than a subaru filter would. The easiest way to meet that spec that I've found is just to buy the blue subaru filters. The dealer near me sells me a 12 pack at $5-6 a unit. (they fit the wife's forester as well, so I go through them faster than you'd think)
Wow, made me research my Purolator PureOne Filter, and it has a PSI rating of 14-16.. But wouldn't too much pressure cause more harm too? Just my logic says that too much pressure could not allow the engine oil to run efficiently and cause it to choke on oil. But i dont know..
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What's the mileage on your car?
Ditto.. and condition, etc.
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Wow, made me research my Purolator PureOne Filter, and it has a PSI rating of 14-16.. But wouldn't too much pressure cause more harm too? Just my logic says that too much pressure could not allow the engine oil to run efficiently and cause it to choke on oil. But i dont know..
That I can't answer, but doing all that research made me paranoid enough to go back to Subaru filters. Besides, at ~$6 a pop, I can't argue with that. Much cheaper than Bosch et al.
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I used to buy k&n or bosch or mobil oil filters because I thought I was getting a better filter than a fram for the price. I did a little research and ended up finding out about subaru's high bypass spec (22 or 23 psi... can't remember right now). Most filters that you'll find at the auto parts store have a bypass pressure between 7 and 12 psi. Basically that means that if these filters clog for any reason, they'll let the unfiltered oil back into the engine sooner than a subaru filter would. The easiest way to meet that spec that I've found is just to buy the blue subaru filters. The dealer near me sells me a 12 pack at $5-6 a unit. (they fit the wife's forester as well, so I go through them faster than you'd think)
There's actually a center point in the front to lift it. He showed it to me when we were doing it.

Really?!? And I just did my oil change now you have me paranoid too... But for sure I'm gonna get the Subaru oil filter and washers for next time
EDIT: the kn filter has a 11-17 psi rating

Also, no one told me that the oil filter was in such a weird place lol. It was pretty hard taking it off with the oil pan in the way

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There's actually a center point in the front to lift it. He showed it to me when we were doing it.

Really?!? And I just did my oil change now you have me paranoid too... But for sure I'm gonna get the Subaru oil filter and washers for next time
EDIT: the kn filter has a 11-17 psi rating

Also, no one told me that the oil filter was in such a weird place lol. It was pretty hard taking it off with the oil pan in the way
Damn exhaust manifold is in the way too!
I can't get to the center jack point because racecar
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Damn exhaust manifold is in the way too!
+1000
I usually change my oil in the evening after work. The problem is I always burn my hands on the hot exhaust and hot oil. I finally wised up and started leaving the hood up when I got home. It lets the heat out A LOT quicker.

And just for the sake of argument, what is this center jack point you speak of? Anyone have pic?
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I suppose you dont use an oil filter wrench with an extension..???

Those things are your best friend on the 2.5is when changing the oil LOL.
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I suppose you dont use an oil filter wrench with an extension..???

Those things are your best friend on the 2.5is when changing the oil LOL.
I use a set of vise grips and they work great!
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Or a set of gloves gets the trick done nicely
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Or a set of gloves gets the trick done nicely
+1111 that did the trick :P also, how tight did you guys put the filter? My friend told me to hand tight it only so.....

Also here's a picture since I'm already outside (about to wash my car as we speak lol)
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