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Old 12-18-2005, 11:45 PM   #1
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Default Removing undercarriage shield?

Hey guys, I'm about to change the oil in my car and I was wondering I can just use a phillips screw driver to take it out? I saw on another post about taking off the shield I would need a 12mm socket wrench, but I see a phillips head, will it come out? I havent tried because I need to get rhino ramps before I can reach under there with my screw drivers.
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Old 12-19-2005, 01:06 AM   #2
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The philips head is on the plastic fasteners -- they are not screws, you just turn the head 90 degrees or so and pull out the whole 2-part fastener (upper philips head and lower flanged part). IIRC, there are about 1/2 plastic fasteners and 1/2 metal bolts that need the socket.
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Old 12-19-2005, 01:53 AM   #3
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Default Follow this link for help with your oil change.

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Hey guys, I'm about to change the oil in my car and I was wondering I can just use a phillips screw driver to take it out? I saw on another post about taking off the shield I would need a 12mm socket wrench, but I see a phillips head, will it come out? I havent tried because I need to get rhino ramps before I can reach under there with my screw drivers.
Go back to Service and Maintenance FAQ's and look under Oil FAQ's for the
"how do I change my own oil section".
You will find: "A complete n00b's guide to changing the oil in your WRX"

It is the best step by step posting with pictures for what you need. On my 06, there are five 12mm bolts and yes the center of them are phillips head. If you don't have a socket set, you could remove them with a large phillips. Also, the four pins near the outside corners of my cover were flush (no phillips or slot. For mine I just used flat head screwdriver to pop the center of the pins and then the whole pin can be removed.

One additional tip I can recommend when you get to the oil change: If your car is up on ramps or a jack, raise your catch pan up as well. I knew the oil would flow out away from the hole a bit but I was caught by surprise at how far the initial flow of oil streams and had to quickly re-position my catch pan. Lucky I put down lots of newspaper because I needed it. Put your catch pan on a box or something stable and get it as close to the drain plug hole as you can manage. Slowly back the drain plug out those last few threads and use the drain plug to sort of divert the initial stream of oil into your catch pan. This also gives you a moment to "center" your catch pan for the stream. Having the catch pan up close to the drain plug hole will reduce the splash that comes from the flow of oil hitting the catch pan and splashing out. Hope that helps keep your oil change cleaner than my first.
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