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Old 08-25-2003, 10:02 PM   #1
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Question Oil Filter Access - Has anyone cut the splashguard?

I did my first WRX oil change today. Being the lazy fool that I am, I attempted to unscrew the oil filter without removing the plastic splash guard. Oil oil everywhere!

Next time, I'm going to remove the damn splashguard. (or cut a piece of it out)

Is there anyone out there who has cut or carved out a little piece of the plastic splashguard for easier access to the oil filter?

Do you think there would be any problems or risks in doing so?
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Old 08-26-2003, 12:49 AM   #2
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I would leave the lower splash shield alone because it's really not in the way. IMO you can't really ask for a better oil filter location. To avoid making a mess, you can try to unsrew it a little and let the excess oil drain out or put a plastic bag over the filter once it's loosened.

Maybe the 04s have a different lower engine shield? I'm assuming it's the same but from what you're saying maybe not.
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Old 08-26-2003, 08:23 AM   #3
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Originally posted by esteve
Maybe the 04s have a different lower engine shield? I'm assuming it's the same but from what you're saying maybe not.
From what I have read, the '04s do indeed have a different splash shield than the 02/03 - we can change the oil without removing it to get the filter, whereas they can not. I wonder if they could retrofit an old design splash shield in place of the one they have...
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Old 08-26-2003, 10:24 AM   #4
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I haven't had any problems with getting oil on the splash guard, atleast nothing more then a few drops. Maybe make sure you tilt it back towards the rear when you take it off so it spills out that way instead of forward.
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Old 08-26-2003, 01:55 PM   #5
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No need to modify the splash guard. I've changed the oil/filter in my car a dozen times or so without making a mess.

Heres my procedure:
Take filler cap off
open up drain
open beer
drink beer while putzin' around the garage
open another beer
unscrew oil filter a bit until it starts dripping hot oil
wipe off oil from glove
finish second beer
open third beer
drink beer while putzin' around the garage
take filter the rest of the way off
put everything back together and have another beer
explain to girlfriend that drinking beer is an integral part of oil change, and this explains why the grease monkeys at Jiffy Lube appear to be so stupid.
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Old 08-27-2003, 04:46 PM   #6
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owning both a MY03 and a MY04, I can say from experience that the splash guards are very different. There is no way to remove the oil filter without making a mess on the MY04's without removing or modifying the splash guard. However, I think it does offer some aerodynamic improvement so I'm not going to cut it just yet.
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Old 08-28-2003, 10:52 AM   #7
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I've got a perfectly fine '02 splashguard sitting in my garage if anyone wants to make me an offer

Maybe you guys might want to think about getting a skidplate? Mine has an opening for the oil filter and has saved my oil pan from a few scrapes here and there.
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