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Old 10-04-2000, 07:44 PM   #1
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Post How to change oil

Hi everyone,

This may sound stupid but I'm 15 and I would like to learn how to change oil. Well, I tried to look all over the internet but all I end up with is different type oil. Well, hope you could help me. If you know any site that'll be fine too.
And we all learn how to change oil from someone right?

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Old 10-04-2000, 08:00 PM   #2
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Its really easy. Here's the simple version. First time is always a learning experience. You'll learn more by actually "doing" then reading. Anyway, here goes:

First jack up the warmed up car. Find the drain plug on the oil pan. Take off oil fill plug in engine bay. Take out the drain plug on the oil pan. Drain oil. Take out oil filter. Make sure not to dribble oil all over yourself and floor. Let sit and drain (if you want) for couple additional minutes. Grab a beer (milk in your case). Clean drain plug. Put drain plug back in (with crush washer). Take new oil filter, and spread a bit of new oil over the rubber gasket. Clean the area where new oil filter would sit. Put on new oil filter. Put in new motor oil. Put back oil fill cap. Let car down from jack. Clean up. Start up the car and let it idle for a few minutes. You're done.
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Old 10-04-2000, 08:04 PM   #3
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atleast the subie doesnt need jacked up, anyone can reach under there with a socket and grab the drain plug and filter. DO NOT USE A MONKEY WRECH... i didnt have the right size socket so i used a monkey wrenched and rounded off the corners.. so i bought a new drain plug and the right size socket.. got it off and the drain plug got stuck to the socket so i had to replace that as well.
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Old 10-04-2000, 08:18 PM   #4
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Subies are one of the easiest cars out there to change the oil on. Just take it slow and youll be ok. (words of wisdom from my father)
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Old 10-05-2000, 03:41 AM   #5
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The above posts are correct, just a note though. When you re-fill the oil, it'll read full until you start the engine, then some oil will be taken into the filter and you'll have to add some to get to the proper level on the dipstick. When putting on the oil filter, just hand tight, no wrenches. That way you'll be able to get it off again in 3000 miles.
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Old 10-05-2000, 03:49 AM   #6
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And don't forget the angle at which oil will be exiting from the drain.....When I did my first oil change, I put the pan right underneath...almost missed the pan when I took the plug out.
Put the pan a bit to the left (if facing the car) Good luck!
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Old 10-05-2000, 03:56 AM   #7
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i allways and you should to, fill the oil filter up halfway before putting it back on...this way you dont get that dryspot in your engine when you first start it. And is it only me or does the 2.5 take 4 and 1/2 quarts? And never never start your car and rev the hell out of it right away, weight till the oil has a chance to circulate

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Old 10-05-2000, 04:32 AM   #8
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yes, 4.5 quarts
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Old 10-05-2000, 05:35 AM   #9
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I add a little bit of oil to the new filter before I put it on.

Oh, and the messiest part is removing the old filter coz once removed, get ready for soem hot oil to leak on yer rough computer nerd hands.
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