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    "How hard is it to do this myself?" List

    Thought I would sitdown and come up with a list for new folks to gauge how easy or hard it would be to do maintenance or modifications on their cars without taking it to a shop or dealer. Feel free to add or update, as required.

    Groundrules and Assumptions

    - You have some basic mechanical skills (like turning a wrench, safely getting your car in the air, understand things like torque values, etc.)
    - You have somewhere to safely work on your car, without being interrupted (garage, carport, some flat surface).
    - You own (or have access to) some basic tools and support equipment to do the work, like socket sets, wrenches, jackstands, drip pans, etc.
    - The levels of complexity are based on a scale of 1 to 5. 1 being the easiest, 5 being the most difficult.
    - You have access to a service manual, forum, or a set of instructions to do the work.
    - The vehicle references are for '02-'10 WRX or '04-'10 STI.
    - You have the ability to properly (and legally) recycle or dispose of any used fluids or maintenance consumables.
    - You completely understand the safety requirements for jacking and servicing your vehicle.

    Maintenance

    - Engine Oil Change, rated 1. Basic tools required. Can be accomplished with jack stands.

    - Transmission Oil Change, rated 1. Same as engine oil.

    - Rear Differential Oil Change, rated 1. Same as engine oil.

    - Air Filter Change, rated 1. Plug-n-play type of service. No tools required.

    - Cabin Air Filter Change, rated 2. Screwdriver required. Not difficult, but must remove glovebox to gain access.

    - Brake Fluid Change,rated 2. Basic tools required. Need to jack car up and remove wheels. Must bleed brakes properly, as per spec.

    - Brake Pad Change, rated 2 on '04-'10 STI and '06/'07 WRX, rated 3 on '02-'05, '08-'10 WRX. Do not need to remove calipers for the STI or 06/07 WRX. Basic tools required.

    - Brake Rotor Change, rated 3. Basic tools required. May require an M8 bolt to remove stuck rotors.

    - Rotate tires, rated 1. Basic tools required. Need torque wrench for proper lugnut torque.

    - Engine Coolant Change, rated 3. Basic tools required. Must pay particular attention to procedures to ensure system is bled of all air.

    - Sparkplug Change, rated 3. Basic tools required. Fairly straight-forward procedure, but difficulty increases due to access.

    - Timing Belt Change, rated 4. Basic and special tools required. Should not be attempted by novices, as attention to detail is key to avoid engine damage.

    - V Belt Change, rated 3. Basic tools required. Access increases complexity.

    - Clutch Replacement, rated 3. Basic tools required. Limited access using jackstands increases complexity.

    - Fuel Filter Replacement, rated 2 on pre-05 cars, rated 3 on +05 cars. Basic tools required. Fuel filter is moved to the fuel pump on 05 and up vehicles.

    We'll do the Mod Section next...
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    On your ground rules and assumptions an important requirement is to have a way to properly dispose of the waste oils.

    Dumping oil down storm drains or in fields is not cool.

    Most oil change places and shops will recycle for free.
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    i agree dont dump it just burn it. haha

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    Autozone will take waste oil for free up to 5 gal/month.

    No excuses to ruin your environment.

    Good write up Pav!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mangostick View Post
    Autozone will take waste oil for free up to 5 gal/month.

    No excuses to ruin your environment.
    Advanced Auto parts doesn't have a limit. It's wierd that there would be a limit on some autoparts stores hmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by elblako91 View Post
    Advanced Auto parts doesn't have a limit. It's wierd that there would be a limit on some autoparts stores hmm
    I'm sure they do, whether your local store enforces it or not is the question. The reason is so that commercial operations cant use them to skirt paying for proper oil disposal.
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    I would suggest a 1-10 scale. I also wouldn't rate a clutch job easier than a t-belt, nor would I classify it as the same difficulty as changing plugs.

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    umm... if a clutch is so easy, why does subaru charge 6.5 hours for it?

    I like the idea of this thread, but I just think it needs more depth - as in, could I do this with my friend, both of us are very mechanically inclined but haven't done much before, maybe add in a tool registry (you need these tools to complete this job), etc.

    yeah, I guess it is pretty hard to quantify all this - I just think it's still left me a bit confuzzled. Maybe a link on each entry to some install directions?
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    It is federal law that anybody that sells above a certain quantity of motor oil must also take in used motor oil for free. They are allowed to place limits on the amount however.

    This law isn't really enforced though so it's no guarantee, but in general, you can take it back to a ton of places like auto parts stores, Walmart, and the like.

    They get paid for the used oil so it's a win-win for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poly_poly-man View Post
    umm... if a clutch is so easy, why does subaru charge 6.5 hours for it?

    I like the idea of this thread, but I just think it needs more depth - as in, could I do this with my friend, both of us are very mechanically inclined but haven't done much before, maybe add in a tool registry (you need these tools to complete this job), etc.

    yeah, I guess it is pretty hard to quantify all this - I just think it's still left me a bit confuzzled. Maybe a link on each entry to some install directions?
    I concur. Thank you for volunteering!
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