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    Removing oil filter the day after the change

    I saw another thread on this, but thought I'd make a new one. Maybe it'll get a quicker response.

    I did my first oil change last night. First for the WRX and first ever for me. I had some problems, but you live and learn right?

    I couldn't get the filter off because I didn't have a tool. It was getting dark so I just added new oil and called it a night. A friend told me that I'll have to do the whole change over again when I change the filter, which I'm doing tomorrow. So do I have to do a whole change? Or can I just change the filter? Will I spill any oil?

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    Unless you are really fast (you're not ), you'll spill oil all over the place. You will definitely have to drain the oil first before removing the oil filter. Maybe you could catch all the oil and put it back in, but I'd just put new oil in anyway, as it would be a lot easier, and oil isn't THAT expensive (unless it's synthetic, of course).
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    I'don't think you need to. In a cold engine, the vast majority of the engine oil is in the oil pan. There will be some oil at the filter (and in) the oil filter though.

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    One of the members did this recently and only lost 1/2 qt. of oil.
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    Oil Filter question

    After read that thread I decided to make this one.

    I really need to know. If I don't have to drain the oil, then I'd rather not. The car will be cold, or a LITTLE warm, if I do it. If I do take it off, will there be oil dripping from where the oil filter goes? Will I have to hurry? I won't tip the filter since there will probably be oil in it.

    What do you guys think? I really need to know by tomorrow. I'd like to avoid staining the driveway again. Even though it is easily cleaned up with kitty litter.

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    I think the question ha been answered, but here goes again.

    No, you don't have to drain all the oil. Most of it is down in the pan well below the filter.

    Yes, you will lose some oil so use a pan.

    No, it won't really help to hurry. What will come out is going to come out right away.

    It's probably a good idea to do it with the motor cold.

    Have a quart of oil on hand to replenish what you lose.
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    gv27 is correct and i was the one that lost 1/2 quart or whatever...and i dont care how fast you are you're getting oil spilled from the filter. Oil pan it and your good to go. w00t gv27

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    Road version of the supercharged and turbocharged Lancia Delta S4 Group B car. Pretty freakin' cool way the body work opens, eh? Please see sticky Rally History Lesson in Everyday Impreza Talk forum.
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    Will it pour out? Should I just loosen it first and let it sit?

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    Originally posted by verbal
    Will it pour out? Should I just loosen it first and let it sit?
    are you worried to get oil on you or somthing. Doesn't matter how you take it out ur going to get oil. Trust me/us
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    Originally posted by verbal
    Will it pour out? Should I just loosen it first and let it sit?
    No, it won't pour. The WRX uses a special oil and it will actually levitate and fly out. Be sure to close your eyes and mouth.

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    Originally posted by FUNKED1


    No, it won't pour. The WRX uses a special oil and it will actually levitate and fly out. Be sure to close your eyes and mouth.
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    I'm just trying to get an idea of how much oil will come out. What I should expect.

    If this is the type of responses I'm going to get, I wonder why I signed up to this board. If you read my first post, this was the first time changing my oil. I just like knowing what I'm getting myself into.

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    I think you just got a negative reaction (not very helpful) to making too big a deal out of it. As Speed said, you'll get about half a quart. As I said, most of the oil is down in the pan. Loosen it a little, let it drain for a minute, then pull it the rest of the way off. No big deal. Have a pan ready, and don't be scared to get a little on your hands.
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    Originally posted by GV27
    I think you just got a negative reaction (not very helpful) to making too big a deal out of it. As Speed said, you'll get about half a quart. As I said, most of the oil is down in the pan. Loosen it a little, let it drain for a minute, then pull it the rest of the way off. No big deal. Have a pan ready, and don't be scared to get a little on your hands.
    i dont think i've ever done an oil change where i didn't get any on my hands
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