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Old 02-01-2009, 11:49 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
I just got my 2008 Impreza 2.5i in November and I was trying to do an oil change. But when I went to remove the filter it was tucked away amongst some pipes and I couldn't really get a firm grip on it with my hand. So I took a look in the owners manual and it said that I needed to remove the undercover. But it is held in place by these plastic pegs that I was nervous about forcing open. Has anyone had a similar experience? Also I tried to use a oil filter end cap wrench but it wouldn't fit. Im thinking that getting the right sized end cap is the way to go but Im not sure what the right size is or where to get it. My local autobarn didn't have anything close to small enough to fit snugly. Anyway for now I just drained the oil and filled it with fresh 5w-30 so I figure ill be ok for a little while, I only put 2000 miles on it so far. But Id like to get that filter changed as soon as I can.
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:53 PM   #2
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The plastic peg thingies come right off, just use a flat head screwdriver to pry up the head and you can wiggle it out.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:11 AM   #3
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The plastic peg thingies come right off, just use a flat head screwdriver to pry up the head and you can wiggle it out.
DAMN THOSE PLASTIC PEG THINGIES. i hate those with a passion, there ALL over the damn car. Subaru your fail at those, id rather unscrew a 14 inch long bolt than deal with those bastards. Unless they were the screw type ones, those are ok. The ones you have to pop out go to hell.

Oh and guy whos trying to get them out, ive busted a few on my passenger side wheel lining trying to do the snorkus delete and then to replace the snorkus delete, there pretty durable but next chance I get at a dealer im going to ask a mechanic for some extras.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:13 AM   #4
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The plastic peg thingies come right off, just use a flat head screwdriver to pry up the head and you can wiggle it out.
+1, i think there are 4 or 5 of those plastic things and 5 bolts and it pops off, it's a piece of cake!
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:19 AM   #5
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:41 AM   #6
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sometimes....it helps to spray the 'pop-its' with something like wd-40

one of the ONLY things that I use wd-40 for on any car
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:23 AM   #7
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If you still can't get it off with the cover off and are missing the proper size wrench, tap a long screw driver into the side of the filter and use it to turn the thing. It will be a little messy, but you'll get it off for sure that way. Drain all other oil first though. Most people do .You could also try one of those oil filter strap ratchet wrenches (if that is what they are called) but you may not be able to use it between the exhaust manifold piping.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:32 AM   #8
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^^^^^ what he said, The placement of the oil filter is not the best but I have seen worse.
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:16 AM   #9
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put the car on jackstands high enough to get the engine cover off.get one of those 3 prong wrenches.with a small extension it works perfect on a wratchet.
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:26 AM   #10
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get used to those clips b/c as someone said, they are ALL over the car. Just finesse 'em and you wont break them.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:41 PM   #11
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You don't need to take the cover off, just get one of those socket oil filter adapters, an extension and a ratchet. Really easy, and don't need to jack it up at all.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:56 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the advice, I think I like the idea of using an end cap adapter the best, I already have a ratchet and an extender. But I don't know where to find one. Like I said my local auto parts store didn't have anything close to the right size. So have any of you found the right sized adapter and if so where? I really don't relish the idea of taking off that undercover every time I change the oil, so this sounds like the only alternative.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:02 PM   #13
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Get one of these instead of an end cap adapter: http://www.costplustools.com/KD-Tool...ch_p_3067.html It automatically tightens to fit the oil filter.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:13 PM   #14
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See the next post, i had trouble figuring out how to post properly with quotes.

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Old 02-02-2009, 01:17 PM   #15
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Get one of these instead of an end cap adapter: http://www.costplustools.com/KD-Tool...ch_p_3067.html It automatically tightens to fit the oil filter.
Thanks for the suggestion VSG
They had something like this at my local autobarn but it wouldn't get tight enough to grip the filter securely. I just want to make sure that this adapter will work with the small diameter subie filter before I spring for it.
Thanks again.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:23 PM   #16
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You should be able to remove the oil filter without removing the undercover. (I used to do it all the time)
It will be easier to grip if you do remove the undercover though, and not as messy.




*was I the only one contemplating a pipe wrench joke?
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:08 AM   #17
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depending on model year you don't have to but on my 05 I don't see any other way to get to the filter with out at least dropping the front half of the dust shield. Unless I cut it.
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:55 AM   #18
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Those plastic things cost $3.00 ea at the dealer, I bought some/
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:10 AM   #19
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After doing two oil changes without removing the undercover, I'll never leave it on again. When I dropped it, it was filled with dirty oil, leaves, and road dirt. I'm pretty sure subaru intended for it to be taken off for oil changes, especially seeing as how it takes about 2 minutes to remove.
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:09 PM   #20
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End Cap Wrench.....

When I bought filters for my LGT, I bought the cap wrench at the same time. About $5 at Autozone. I have a couple sizes (several cars that I've used them on in the past).

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Old 02-03-2009, 12:40 PM   #21
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DAMN THOSE PLASTIC PEG THINGIES. i hate those with a passion, there ALL over the damn car. Subaru your fail at those, id rather unscrew a 14 inch long bolt than deal with those bastards. Unless they were the screw type ones, those are ok. The ones you have to pop out go to hell.

Oh and guy whos trying to get them out, ive busted a few on my passenger side wheel lining trying to do the snorkus delete and then to replace the snorkus delete, there pretty durable but next chance I get at a dealer im going to ask a mechanic for some extras.
If you buy the proper tool to replace the plastic clips, they come over pretty easily.

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Old 02-03-2009, 05:15 PM   #22
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That is so odd you are having the problem I have the same year and model Impreza and I didnt have any of those when I went to do my oil change on the first of the month, luckily I work at a NAPA so I had the end cap wrench in stock and it worked perfectly, could someone explain what these clips are holding on? I didnt see anything like it when I went to change my oil If you want a NAPA number for the end cap wrench it is BK 77-3860, made by KD tools, I know we can get those clips too and its like 5$ for a bag of 10? if you dont want to go to a dealer and they are just as good.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:45 PM   #23
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wow wtf....an oil change is something that you should never have to take things off to get to the filter. Btw wait a few years and those plastic tabs will break!!
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:28 PM   #24
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wow wtf....an oil change is something that you should never have to take things off to get to the filter. Btw wait a few years and those plastic tabs will break!!
Depends on the vehicle, most modern sport(y) cars have covers under the vehicle for aerodynamics and under carriage protection.

And those clips are relatively inexpensive. I went looking for some at the dealership and the guy gave me a handful for free...

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OP. I'd have to look because I'm having a hard time remembering right now but there are 2 clips like that Subaru uses. Some you unscrew with a phillips screwdriver and when loose you yank them out. The other ones you put a flat screwdriver between the top and bottom potion (there is a slot already there) and put them out so it looks like one of those turkey thermometers that automatically pop out then pull them the rest of the way. Its REALLY easy once you see how they work...
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Depends on the vehicle, most modern sport(y) cars have covers under the vehicle for aerodynamics and under carriage protection.


gotcha...i see why
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