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Old 02-27-2006, 01:34 AM   #1
Techno Sapien
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Location: Lawrence, KS
2010 Legacy 3.6R Lim
Azurite Blue Pearl

Forester First Oil Change

I did the first oil change on the B9 tonight. I was going to wait till 3K but I know I'm going to be working the next 2 weekends so I did it at 2.3K instead. It's not that hard but kind of a pain. I didn't use any ramps, just did it on the garage floor. The hatch you need to open is like the one in my Forester where you take out some plastic pins and swing it out of the way. That's just to get to the oil filter. The oil drain plug is up above one of the holes in the plastic motor cover, not covered by the hatch. Like the other H6 motor in the Legacy the oil filter is on it's side, so you can't really pre fill it like the H4 motor. I still put a little oil in there anyway. One thing about draining the oil I didn't like. I drained the oil when it was warm, when I removed the plug it came rushing out like I expected. However, after a while when it slowed down, the stream didn't fall though the hole in the plastic shroud like it was supposed to. The oil stream diverted somehow on top of it. Then oil started leaking out of some other places, not to mention soak up in a sound pad that is above the plastic. I wasn't too happy about that. I cleaned it up as much as possible. There should have been a bigger hole in the shroud under the drain plug for it to come out of. No matter, I installed the oil drain valve so that won't happen next time. If ever a car needed the oil drain valve the B9 is one of them that's for sure. One strange thing, I replaced the OEM filter with a WIX 51334, it was the exact same size as the OEM but it had a anti-drainback valve and the OEM one didn't. I thought that was strange.

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Old 02-27-2006, 07:38 PM   #2
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One of the things I like least about my Forester is the oil changing procedure. My Impreza and my Loyale are so much easier.
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