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Old 09-09-2022, 07:33 PM   #1
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Default 2017 ramps for oil change

Can oil drain be handled without ramps? If not, how much needed? Will 3" be enough? I have 40 year old steel ramps about 10" high. May be too steep for impreza front airdam to clear.
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Old 09-13-2022, 06:51 AM   #2
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It is manageable without ramps, but they would definitely help. 3" should be enough. My 2014 Impreza has a hole in the under-tray for drain plug access but I drop it to get the filter out.
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Old 09-14-2022, 01:41 AM   #3
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Fumoto valve, oil change is a 5 minute job, 10 if you really really want to wait for every last drop to come out.
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Old 09-15-2022, 08:36 PM   #4
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The 3" rise provided by doubled 2 x 8 wood planks made it easy to get to drain plug and place catch pan underneath. I reused the drain plug gasket and do not see any leaks. I'll buy replacement gaskets for future oil changes. Saving compared to dealer about $50. Then, I used a lower cost Fram filter and Kirkland 0W20 synthetic. Using mobile one and upper end filter would reduce saving to closer to $25. Then, I didn't have to drive to dealer wait for change.
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Old 09-18-2022, 05:50 PM   #5
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Default Size of 2017 impreza oil drain crush washer

I find less than a consensus on Amazon for 2017 oil drain crush washer. 14mm and 16mm inside diameter (hole) are offered. For one Amazon says "it fits" for only one but offers others with same dimensions. I reused the washer on my oil change and see no leaks. Assume dealer installed new washer on all previous changes.
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Old 09-19-2022, 12:53 AM   #6
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You can usually get away with reusing a crush washer at least once or twice. It's a very small risk that it'll leak, and if it does it'll be a very slow leak. Just watch for oil drops where you park. Not ideal to reuse, but rarely much of a problem.
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Old 09-19-2022, 05:45 PM   #7
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Thanks, no sign of leak at 200 miles.
I'm still uncertain on the washer size which I'd like to purchase from EBay or Amazon, not dealer. I believe 14 mm inside (hole) is correct.

I've never had a vehicle that "required" a crush washer other than my 2004 Forester and now Impreza.

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Old 10-15-2022, 01:42 AM   #8
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Fumoto valve, oil change is a 5 minute job, 10 if you really really want to wait for every last drop to come out.

Right. Fast, no mess, no ramps, no jack, no washers, no leaks.
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