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Old 02-25-2006, 07:37 PM   #1
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Default Oil change in '06 not as easy as before

Today I changed the oil for the first time in our '06 2.5i wagon. Coming from my old WRX and RS, this was a major PITA! The filter is now completely surrounded by the headers, making it very difficult to get to. There isn't enough room to get a plier-style filter wrench in there, which is all I had. I bought one of those swivel wrenches, but it was also too big. I ended up using my old wrench and getting at it through the top. The fit is very tight there as well and I barely got it off.

I assume we have the new EL headers to thank for this? Does the fact that it is a 4EAT matter?

Does anyone have any suggestions? The dealer didn't sell any tools. I think one of those filter wrenches that you put a 3/8" drive into would work well.
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Old 02-25-2006, 07:51 PM   #2
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you shouldnt need a wrench to take it off. when you install it you get it on till it touches the oring, then go like another half to a full turn.
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Old 02-25-2006, 08:58 PM   #3
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Does the fact that it is a 4EAT matter?
Unfortunately there both the same.

I think one of those filter wrenches that you put a 3/8" drive into would work well.
That's what will work best. Use one of those with a 6" extension.
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