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Old 11-08-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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Default 2013 Oil Change Tips

I'm looking for some tips to help make my oil changes easier and cleaner on my 2013 WRX.

The biggest issue I've had after a couple of oil changes is that the oil filter is buried up behind an exhaust pipe (I'm assuming it's my turbo uppipe but I have no idea as I'm new to turbos) and when I take the old filter off I get oil on said pipe. As a result, I get a burning oil smell for the first 20 miles or so until it's burned off and if I don't let it run long enough to get it all burnt off it'll smoke out of the hood scoop. Before all the oil has burnt off the pipe, it makes me really nervous that I've messed something up.

Any tips on how to keep this from happening?
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:12 AM   #2
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Wrap the pipe in aluminum foil or something to keep the oil off of it.
Fumoto Valve
Jiffy Lube.

But seriously, if you can't do an oil change without freaking out, maybe working on your car is not for you.
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:15 AM   #3
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Hammer a nail in the middle of the filter, let drain. Loosen with tool to where it is hand unscrewable, then use a plastic grocery bag to spin off and contain 100% of mess.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:02 AM   #4
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But seriously, if you can't do an oil change without freaking out, maybe working on your car is not for you.
Everybody has to start somewhere. You weren't a bit nervous the first couple oil changes you ever did?

I may have to start doing some of unabombers idea. I never get any on the exhaust or heat shields, but I do get a fair amount on my hands..
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:17 AM   #5
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Everybody has to start somewhere. You weren't a bit nervous the first couple oil changes you ever did?

I may have to start doing some of unabombers idea. I never get any on the exhaust or heat shields, but I do get a fair amount on my hands..
No doubt. Everyone is nervous after the first one or two. But the OP realizes what the problem is (oil falling on the pipe during the change) and that after "20 miles or so it's fine". After the first few times, you should realize that it's the same thing that's going on and not freak out about it. Find a way to fix it? Sure, I offered up one, Unabomber (in a bizarre act of kindness) offered up another.

Wolverine's claws hurt when he shnicks them out. This is the same as the smoke coming out and the OP worrying about it.
Wolverine continues to do so because he knows what it is and the pain (smoke) goes away.

Can you imagine a world in which Wolverine is afraid to shnick?
OP, take this as a compliment. You need to be Wolverine.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:19 AM   #6
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Get some brake clean an spray off the area once the new filter is tightened on. Don't forget to check for double gasket.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:20 AM   #7
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Hammer a nail in the middle of the filter, let drain. Loosen with tool to where it is hand unscrewable, then use a plastic grocery bag to spin off and contain 100% of mess.
This is AWESOME. Best advice I have heard in a long time. I am changing my oil this weekend, and will definitely do it this way.

Thank you Unabomber!!!!
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:43 AM   #8
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Don't forget a new crush washer on the drain plug.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:08 PM   #9
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Take it to the dealership you bought it from to get the change so they have records and you have one less thing to worry about if a warranty issue comes up? Thats worth the $30 difference to me.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:34 PM   #10
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Never did like the upside down oil filter. Stupid.
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:56 PM   #11
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Thanks for the advice guys. I would've come up with a solution, just wanted to see what methods others were using.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:30 PM   #12
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Never did like the upside down oil filter. Stupid.
Yeah, me neither, so I just stand on my head while I'm changing my oil and filter.

And Wolverine. lol. Priceless.
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:49 PM   #13
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fumoto oil drain valve. i also cover my wrapped headers in foil to prevent oil on the wrap.
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