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Old 12-01-2005, 12:33 PM   #1
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Default Home vs. Autoshop with Oil Changes

I have an 05 rs with about 15k miles on it now. I have done my own oil change about 3 or 4 times. I like doing it myself because i know im putting more care into it then them and its the same price if i get synthetic oil compared to their service and cheapo oil. The one thing that makes me reconsider about it doing it myself or not is that they check the various parts that need lubing? Im afraid that i might need to check it (no problems yet) but im not sure what they do exactly. I saw the buckets of lube at Kragen autoparts but i dont want to slap it on anything i think might need it. What do you guys do? Do you guys service your cars?


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Old 12-01-2005, 01:18 PM   #2
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I have the local guys do my changes, they have a pit which I prefer (so they don't hoist it up in the air) They let me watch them and I even go down in the pit to make sure that they don't get oil everywhere. I also bring my own filter and they have any type of oil that I want.

I don't think that there are any places to "lube" any more on most cars, my '94 T/A had fittings on the front and that was it. As far as I can tell the Wrx has no lube fittings at all. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-01-2005, 01:33 PM   #3
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Anytime I can do anything myself I prefer it. As a mechanic and machinist myself I know it will get done right. There are intervals called out in our service manual for you to check things. Get yourself a grease gun , in the end the money you save adds up. Now that Im 40, I grunt a bit mroe crawling under the car each time
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Old 12-03-2005, 03:17 PM   #4
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The "lube" part is pretty much for older cars, as haven says. The quicky oil change places do not typically hire the most experienced mechanics (understatement!), so I wouldn't expect them to spot anything that you wouldn't. DIY, you know you ae using good quality oil and filter, and making sure the drain plug isn't overtorqued.
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Old 12-03-2005, 10:41 PM   #5
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do it yourself. oil and fluid changes are very easy to do and in the end you save money, learn about your car, and have fun working on your car.

here is a link to the subaru maintenance schedule.

http://www.subaru.com/owners/schedules/index.jsp

here are links with lots of tutorials on most mods/work you will ever do to your car
http://www.northursalia.com/

www.scoobymods.com
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Old 12-03-2005, 10:56 PM   #6
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Anytime I can do anything myself I prefer it.
I'm with you on that one! I just feel better about it doing it myself.
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Old 12-04-2005, 02:02 AM   #7
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The "lube" part is pretty much for older cars,
Well, no, not really. Plenty of new cars still have grease fittings that need to be lubed.

That said, I don't recall ever seeing a grease fitting on a Subaru, other than some aftermarket replacement parts.......
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Old 12-05-2005, 01:48 AM   #8
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The "lube" part is pretty much for older cars, as haven says. The quicky oil change places do not typically hire the most experienced mechanics (understatement!), so I wouldn't expect them to spot anything that you wouldn't. DIY, you know you ae using good quality oil and filter, and making sure the drain plug isn't overtorqued.
Word to this! I just bought a 93 wagon from a private owner and drove it for a while and then crawled under the car to look for any significant leaks. It looked alright and after i bought it, i checked every day for about 4 days for oil leaks. Nothin. At this point i thought to myself "hell yea this sub has no leaks!" Total jinx. When i bought the car, i noticed the chain-lube shop sticker sporting the non synthetic oil brand that they use, and i had a bad feeling. A month after my wife had been driving it almost every seal you can imagine decided to break and my driveway started looking like an oil slick. A little ceasars pizza box became a temporary sponge. I can only guess that the car was way-overfilled with oil, or less plausible, the private owner somehow rigged up something cute, but i surmise the former as being the culprit. I always do my own oil changes. But, I don't mettle with the tranny. Shop Cost: $666.63. Screwing up myself i can deal with, but lube shops that say "oh well" after they violate my pride and joy, i can't deal with.
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Old 12-06-2005, 01:12 AM   #9
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I have done all the service work on my Suby's except the 30,000 marks to flush coolant. I figure if there is anything I missed, my Subaru tech. will find it. Over 100,000 miles on Suby's and I have yet to miss anything. Make sure you find a good Suby mechanic though. As the above story stated, taking your car to some cheap lube shop can be a costly mistake.
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