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Old 02-28-2003, 03:26 PM   #1
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I got all the info to do my first oil change on my 2003 WRX, but I am torn. I get the impression that the first oil change is the toughest because of the over-torqued bolt and filter. How difficult is it really? I would do the change on my back without the WRX jacked up and I have a small breaker wrench with a 12pt 17mm socket and a filter wrench. I am worried that I might grind out the filter bolt to death if I try too hard to break the bolt loose. I have a fumotovalve ready to take it's place though. As for the filter, I hear that it is super tight. This all draws me to the conclusion that I take the car to the dealership first so they can take care of the overtorqued items first. What should I do? My car is at 1000 miles, should I wait till 3000 or just do it now?
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Old 02-28-2003, 03:33 PM   #2
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I did first oil change with my dad-- as for overtorqued bolt, i used a wrench that was set around the oil drain bolt, and hit the wrench with a hammer in the way that loosenes the bolt, worked like a charm. Then i used Castrol GTX 5w-30 becuase thats what was pictured in the subaru letter i got.
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Old 02-28-2003, 03:41 PM   #3
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They are torqued down pretty hard, but you can DEFINITELY do this yourself. Your tools will easily be sufficient. Just use a little elbow grease.

Change at 1000 or 3000....that's your call. I'm not convinced that it matters terribly much either way.
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Old 02-28-2003, 05:38 PM   #4
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I changed my car's oil the first time without jacking it up. If you already have a fumotovalve, who cares if you scuff up the drain bolt a bit?
As for the filter, I took a hammer and banged a long screwdriver in the filter towards the bottom. I then used this as a handle for leverage. It's not that hard, but it is a little messier the first time.
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Old 02-28-2003, 07:22 PM   #5
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Hmm... my oil pan bolt wasn't all that hard to get off.

My oil filter on the other hand...

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Old 03-02-2003, 01:31 AM   #6
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Alright, I just did the oil change this morning at 1100 miles and it wasn't as difficult as a lot of guys make it out to be. With my small breaker bar, I broke loose the drain plug in about 5 secs. With my "claw" filter wrench, I had no problem disinloging the oil filter. If you have the proper tools, it's easy as pie.
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Old 03-02-2003, 06:59 AM   #7
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Good job Horizontalz! The right tools are always useful...
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Old 03-03-2003, 07:26 PM   #8
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Alright, I just did the oil change this morning at 1100 miles and it wasn't as difficult as a lot of guys make it out to be. With my small breaker bar, I broke loose the drain plug in about 5 secs. With my "claw" filter wrench, I had no problem disinloging the oil filter. If you have the proper tools, it's easy as pie.
Oh sure, now you tell us you've got tools!

Seriously, I haven't used tools to change my oil since I put the fumotovalve on.
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Old 03-03-2003, 08:05 PM   #9
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Oh sure, now you tell us you've got tools!

Seriously, I haven't used tools to change my oil since I put the fumotovalve on.
I just ordered my Fumoto valve for my next oil change. Hopefully it will make changing oil much, much easier.

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Old 03-03-2003, 08:16 PM   #10
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Is changing your oil really that difficult? I guess it's a bit more difficult on a lowered car... but on my stock ride height car I just shoved the drain pan under the car, and pulled the drain plug. Oil filter, I can wrap a piece of sandpaper around and twist it off with a good healthy dose of elbow grease.
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Old 03-04-2003, 02:17 PM   #11
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Is changing your oil really that difficult?
I've owned 11 vehicles in my driving career and changed oil on lots more. This Subaru is by far the easiest vehicle to change the oil in that I have ever experienced.
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Old 03-04-2003, 04:13 PM   #12
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hey horizontalz,

good job with the first oil change.

i was in your same shoes a couple months back. we even shot a pseudo how to video.

i figured i would post it for anyone in the future searching for info on the sme subject

http://www.colintoke.com/index.php?s...wrx&sub=030201

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Old 06-10-2003, 03:11 PM   #13
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the colintoke.com site is awesome !

Looks like you really had to dig in to get the drain bolt off.
The filter looked messy too.

I'm going to do my first oil change today - thanks all for the info !
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Old 06-10-2003, 04:59 PM   #14
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I have an '03, and had no troubles with the oil pan bolt, or the oil filter, although I did use tools for each.

Now the caliper bolts for my front brakes, THOSE were some real bastards....
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Old 06-10-2003, 05:00 PM   #15
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If you can avoid it, don't use a 12 point socket on anything like a drain plug that you will remove many times, it will chew the flats up quicker than a 6 point socket.
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Old 06-20-2003, 09:38 AM   #16
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I have 1300 miles on mine and I am overdue for an oil change.

Returning my top-grade FRAM and going all the way to subaru to get a subaru filter has held me up....

I feel the first one is important to do... Your oil really can get bad during break in period.... I feel it's important to change it before i bring it to the track...

GTX for this change, then probably to mobil 1.


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