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Old 11-16-2009, 02:41 PM   #1
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Default First Oil Change in an 09 WRX

got under my 09 wrx for the first time this weekend for the first oil change service. so nice to see everything shinny and new looking instead of rusted and dirty like my 04 was when i traded it in. although i'm sure it won't last long - already saw what might be the start of some rust on some heat shield stuff. anyway, couple of things i found interesting about the process i figured i'd share

I pop the hood (love those hood lift damper jobbies) and check the oil level before starting the process. The car was cold, then driven like 5 miles, then sat for maybe 30-45 mins. it's hard to get a good reading on the subie dipsticks in my opinion, but several checks make it look like it's filled pretty high. i write it off as not being able to get a good reading and start in.

I thought it was funny that they added another attachment device to hold on the undercover in addition to bolts and plastic clips. hehe. those new latch dealies seem like overkill - why not just make the undercover curve into a hook? i think the 04 cover was a little easier to get off but maybe i was just used to it.

I loosen the dipstick and filler cap and pull the drain. looks like a lot of oil. a bit more than i was expecting. looking in the manual i thought it said 4.2qts. i dump it into empty bottles and find almost 4.5 to 5qts? does the factory generally overfill or was 4.2 not the right value?

Moving on to the filter. It's easy to get to, but my first thought is that it's going to be impossible to remove it without drenching the exhaust bits in oil. I try to give it a twist. No luck. I get off my creeper and lay on the ground for some more leverage. No luck again . I twist around and try to grab it with two hands, grit my teeth and go at it. Are you sh:ting me The filter would NOT come off. I go find my pliers-style oil filter tool (which i don't think i've ever had to actually use). Then while trying to get it into place to grab the filter, somehow the bolt holding the two halves together comes loose, disappears into the oil catch bucket and the tool comes apart in my hands I thought that was hysterical.

Finally I find a replacement that fits from my can-o-random-nuts-and-bolts and i'm back at it. I get the tool into position, clamp down on that sucker and twist it off.... well... actually... no... no matter how hard i tried i could not get the filter off. the tool squished the crap out of the filter trying to get a grip, but could not twist it off without slipping. I was approaching panic at this point since i wasn't sure what the next step should be. i did a few laps around the car cursing subaru for welding my oil filter to the engine. after mangling the filter with that tool i didn't think i should drive the car so i figured i had to get it off somehow. i tried using a few bits of random stuff in my garage as a makeshift strap wrench (a tool i often considered getting but never did) but had no luck. inspriation eventually hits as i pull off my gloves. i grab a disposable rubber glove and fit it around the filter so the bottom of my car looks like the underside of a dairy cow. that glove gives the filter wrench *just enough* grip to turn the filter.

as i expected, i crapload of oil spilled on the exhaust in the process, but at that point i didn't care. just took my time and cleaned it up.

everything else went without issue. i think i put in about 4 1/4 qts and the dipstick read near F - i believe that was less oil than i took out. do they always overfill and super-tighten the filter at the factory? this is the first time i've done a first-oil-service on a new car.

i used puralator pure1 filter and castrol edge synthetic if anyone's curious. commence criticism.... now. i was gonna go with royal purple as i see so much talk about it but they were out of stock near me.

also threw on my dunlop winter sports for the first time. they seem pretty good on dry ground so far... unlike my experiences with blizzacks, which were like driving on marshmallows.
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:56 PM   #2
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Nah. I think I went to Syn. after 2nd oil change. First oil change was only a few hundred miles though. Put a scratch in it now so you don't cringe everytime you hear a "tink" and run it through a mud puddle. By the way, I always just put 5 qts in and call it good. None of my Suby's or my kids have ever used a drop. Same Sumo wrestler put my filter on also. RP
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:51 PM   #3
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Factory filters are usually on too tight. At least from now on it'll come off a lot easier, provided you don't over tighten the new one.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:22 PM   #4
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Yeah, the initial filter was a turd to get off. I bought one of those wrenches for filters that looks like a giant socket. I stick it on an extension bar and makes it way easier to get it off.

I've always had to put more than the 4.2 qts in there...usually closer to 5.
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:54 PM   #5
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Did you buy said special filter wrench whatever you call it tool from a Subaru dealership or do they sell them at any regular autoparts store?
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:31 PM   #6
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Did you buy said special filter wrench whatever you call it tool from a Subaru dealership or do they sell them at any regular autoparts store?
i got mine at sears. its a 3 finger socket wrench. it works great. ive seen them at auto parts stores as well. honestly where are filters are located its easy to take off by hand. the original one from the factory was the hardest to get loose. i also put a fumoto valve for oil draining. no more oil everywhere! i works good. the hardest parts is getting the car up in the air with 2 jacks and removing the damn engine cover. after that its cake.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:06 PM   #7
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i was using a good old harbor freight special:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=36778

i think this was the first time i ever actually used it. generally you can get the filter off by hand with no problem. i bought it a while back to have in case of emergency if i couldn't get a filter off - i'm paranoid like that. i suggest you get something too, but DO NOT BUY THIS WRENCH... it's metal tips don't get enough grip for super-stuck filters, hence my rubber glove workaround. you shouldn't need to rig something up to get your tool to do its job. i suppose if you're working with a textured filter it would grab ok, but it wouldn't dig into the stock smooth metal filter that was stuck on my car.

this tool looks like a much better solution but i didn't see it when i was last at the store. i suspect it's similar to what 424wrx is talking about.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=99629
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:54 AM   #8
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i was using a good old harbor freight special:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=36778

i think this was the first time i ever actually used it. generally you can get the filter off by hand with no problem. i bought it a while back to have in case of emergency if i couldn't get a filter off - i'm paranoid like that. i suggest you get something too, but DO NOT BUY THIS WRENCH... it's metal tips don't get enough grip for super-stuck filters, hence my rubber glove workaround. you shouldn't need to rig something up to get your tool to do its job. i suppose if you're working with a textured filter it would grab ok, but it wouldn't dig into the stock smooth metal filter that was stuck on my car.

this tool looks like a much better solution but i didn't see it when i was last at the store. i suspect it's similar to what 424wrx is talking about.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=99629
yeah the 3 jaw filter wrench is what i have. make sure the 1 you buy goes small enough for our filters. they are tiny. that wrenck works perfect though. like i said i have the sears wrench. they sell it in tools by the automotive tools section.
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