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Old 12-01-2012, 06:12 PM   #1
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Default plastic undercarriage on 2013 wrx, oil change

I was going looking at the plastic undercarriage today, thinking about a oil change shortly and notice the 2013 wrx looks like it has two access ports for oil changes? I didn't have it up on ramps so I couldn't really tell how to remove the clips that hold these on?

Am I correct that these are doors for oil and oil filter?

How does one take the plastic undercarriage off the 2013, it looks different the the ones I've seen online (2011,2010)

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Old 12-01-2012, 06:25 PM   #2
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I have not seen a 2013 so I do not really know. But I doubt it is too much different.

Your manual or dealer might have the answer too.

If it was me I'd just raise it up and take a look
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:29 PM   #3
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don't have anything to lift it right now.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:37 PM   #4
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iirc there are 3 bolts that need to come off, and there is one clip in each fenderwell.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:52 PM   #5
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Yes. 2 access ports, one for the drain plug and one for the filter.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:59 PM   #6
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how does the clip come off on them? can't tell.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:05 PM   #7
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If it's like the 2012, you have three bolts in the front, a clip in each fender well, and two clips at the rear, plus maybe another bolt or two at the rear.

It's really easy, just jack the car up and look at it and you'll figure it out.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:12 PM   #8
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3 bolts under the front bumper edge. one in the center. 2 clips on the rearward edge. finally 2 pop clips in the wheelwell. jack the car, dont use ramps. you wont be able to get the pop clips out without the wheels hanging down. also, the sides wrap up, so you have to go up pretty high to get it out from under the car. it sucks, but i leave it on my 08. it keeps everything clean under the engine.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:17 PM   #9
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2 pop clips in the wheelwell. jack the car, dont use ramps. you wont be able to get the pop clips out without the wheels hanging down.
Why not? I do it all the time.

Maybe it's a difference between the 08 and 11+? I have plenty of room on my '12 with the car on ramps.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:42 PM   #10
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Why not? I do it all the time.

Maybe it's a difference between the 08 and 11+? I have plenty of room on my '12 with the car on ramps.
Yep me too. Easy to pop them from under the car while on ramps
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:44 PM   #11
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looks like I don't need to take the undercarriage off on the 2013, just wondering how the clips come out of the access ports
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:47 PM   #12
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looks like I don't need to take the undercarriage off on the 2013, just wondering how the clips come out of the access ports
Yeah I think they were misunderstanding you for whatever reason....

They are either Philips screw type clips or flat-head pop type clips. If its got the Phillips, give it a 1/4 to 1/2 turn and then pull it out. If it doesn't have the Phillips head style then use a flat head to pop it out then pull it off. Standard plastic clips found on most every car...
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:49 PM   #13
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cool, thanks. they looked like they were flat round pop clips but then had a rectangular clip around them as well. got me confused.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:59 PM   #14
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There are two different types of clips. The ones in the wheel wells are very different than the ones in the middle on the rear of the undercarriage.

The ones in the wheel wells are the typical ones. Use a flathead screwdriver to pop the center tab out about 1/4", then use the flathead to pop the entire clip out.

The ones in the middle at the rear of the undercarriage you can do by hand. They're shaped like a U, you just need to flex the bottom part of the tab down to clear the notch holding it on, then pop it off toward the rear. They're a bit unwieldy, but with some effort you can get them off. I typically find that getting them back ON is more difficult than prying them off, unlike the clips in the wheel wells.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:14 PM   #15
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looks like I don't need to take the undercarriage off on the 2013, just wondering how the clips come out of the access ports
I have only been under mine once, but I'm not sure how you wouldn't have to take it off. I don't know what that accessport is for, but it doesn't seem to line up with where the filter is. And it's rectangular and small, not sure what you can do with those two ports
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:11 AM   #16
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Why not? I do it all the time.

Maybe it's a difference between the 08 and 11+? I have plenty of room on my '12 with the car on ramps.
im lowered. i tried ramps. i find it easier just to jack both front corners. stock height should be fine though as you guys already said.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:14 AM   #17
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I have only been under mine once, but I'm not sure how you wouldn't have to take it off. I don't know what that accessport is for, but it doesn't seem to line up with where the filter is. And it's rectangular and small, not sure what you can do with those two ports
you will never be able to remove the oil filter in those small access holes. id dont dont what they are there for. a quick oil change without the filter is probably all that could be done with the cover on. a plastic bag around the old filter makes a nice catch for dripping oil on the way down too.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:10 PM   #18
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I thought it was dumb that there was a hole for the drain bolt butnot the filter in my 2013 wrx, so the first time i changed my oil i cut a square hole with nice round corners, big enough for the filter and my hand to get up there, i saved the cutout and purchased a ss hinge, i then riveted it in place and made a little latch to keep it closed, its nice
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:22 PM   #19
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A lot of confusing info here.

The original question is how to do an oil change through the "access holes" and to NOT remove the undertray.

Most people are explaining how to remove the undertray.

Unless it's changed on the 2013, you'll have to remove the undertray. No way to get it all done without taking it off.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:35 PM   #20
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I just changed the oil on my 2011 this weekend and you have to remove the plastic tray. There is an access hole for the oil plug, but not the oil filter.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:36 AM   #21
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I thought it was dumb that there was a hole for the drain bolt butnot the filter in my 2013 wrx, so the first time i changed my oil i cut a square hole with nice round corners, big enough for the filter and my hand to get up there, i saved the cutout and purchased a ss hinge, i then riveted it in place and made a little latch to keep it closed, its nice
There is no way to access the oil filter without removing the undertray, but 9MMSWOR made a good sugestion of just making your own access hole.
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