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    Question first oil change!

    Im about to do my first oil change at a 1,000miles on my 08 WRX. Im wanting to switch over to synthetic. Is it safe to do so with this many miles? I will also be changing it to 20w-50. I live in SoCal where temps are over 100+ deg daily. I ran it on my previous car(acura/honda) for 3+ yrs, no problems. Is it ok to run this grade with the subie? (i am a noob in the subie world, god in the honda world) lol

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    The owner's manual lists correct viscosities and API "grades" to use. Follow that information to the letter.

    I do not use a 20W-50 in SoCal; I do not feel it's the ideal viscosity. However, what I believe is as worthless as what anyone else believes for your purposes. You are under warranty, and that's a 2-way agreement: you follow their schedule and specs, and they fix anything that might go wrong during the agreement. I'd follow the manual and keep all receipts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    The owner's manual lists correct viscosities and API "grades" to use. Follow that information to the letter.

    I do not use a 20W-50 in SoCal; I do not feel it's the ideal viscosity. However, what I believe is as worthless as what anyone else believes for your purposes. You are under warranty, and that's a 2-way agreement: you follow their schedule and specs, and they fix anything that might go wrong during the agreement. I'd follow the manual and keep all receipts.

    Happy shopping.

    Will the warranty void if i change my own oil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubieSubie View Post
    Will the warranty void if i change my own oil?
    noo they cant force you to bring it to the dealer for an oil change. i got 3 free oil changes with the purchase of my car, but after that i've been doing it in my garage

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubieSubie View Post
    Will the warranty void if i change my own oil?
    No. I change my own and have never had any issues with warranty service. I keep all receipts in a binder (I use clear plastic holders) and I make sure they are dated and list the parts/fluids I've used specifically. While under warranty I followed the schedule in the manual exactly and documented it. I've made warranty claims (radiator, valve cover gaskets, throw-out bearing, gearbox output shaft) and never had even a raised eyebrow for doing my own work -- because of the binder.

    The binder rules.

    EDIT: I should add that I only use authentic Subaru parts while under warranty. Every oil/air/fuel filter was bought from a Subaru dealer for the first 5 years, with receipts. This way, there is no question of "oh, well the failure was due to the aftermarket part... take the issue up with them..."
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