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This is a discussion on Can I get an idiots guide to changing oil in a 2011 wrx sedan? Help me save $!! within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Originally Posted by rage-wrx Thank you Bill & Synolimit for chiming in . 1.Oil is up to you.Subaru recommends synthetic ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    Thank you Bill & Synolimit for chiming in .



    1.Oil is up to you.Subaru recommends synthetic 5w-30.Check the manual for specs.

    2.Filter-OEM Subaru Oil Filters & Washers - 6 Pack

    3.The crush washers come with the filters.

    4.Its hard to miss the drain plug.Its a hex bolt near the filter.
    They don't take amx, neither does genuinesubaruparts.. Know another spot to get some?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabbathewhat View Post
    Another South Florida Rex, right on! I'm over in Pines but work off Commercial. We should meet up sometime.
    You ever go to tower shops, in davie? I have a few suby ppl down here.

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    Never been but I have heard of it. When is it?
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    I have 2 suggestions to make this even EASIER!

    1) I personally use the K&N Filter. It is identical to the Mobil 1 filter, with the exception of a nut on top of the filter. It's amazing to be able to use a socket to pull your oil filter off. Gets rid of lots of cursing. Plus, it's consistently one of the best rated filters in tests.

    2) Use a Fumoto Valve. QuickOilDrainValve.com - the best way to change oil It makes draining oil a lot quicker, and cleaner. I've been meaning to purchase one for YEARS! But... I bring my own oil, and filter, and my dealership does my oil change for such a cheap price, that it's nice to have that "100 point inspection" done every 5000 miles, plus they rotate tires, and adjust pressure. So I've stopped doing my own oil.

    (also... I do understand that the k&n is $4 more than the oem, but now that the oem's have changed, I turned elsewhere since I'm running double the amount of power than the factory anticipates)
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    ^ I've always heard the stock filters were best, at what horsepower levels does it become unreliable?

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    I have an old leather belt I use to get the oil filter loose - something I had to come up with to get to the old 180sx filter that was way up behind the motor. Just make a loop and it will tighten itself then you can pull on the end.

    I have never removed the undertray for an oil change. You can do it cleanly if you are careful (at least on a bugeye), or wipe it up with a paper towel and burn it.

    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    I always drink a beer while waiting for the oil to drain :shrug:



    That means pouring it down the nearest sewer drain, right?
    I know you're joking but yeah, just take it to autozone or whatever. It is a big deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    I have an old leather belt I use to get the oil filter loose - something I had to come up with to get to the old 180sx filter that was way up behind the motor. Just make a loop and it will tighten itself then you can pull on the end.

    I have never removed the undertray for an oil change. You can do it cleanly if you are careful (at least on a bugeye), or wipe it up with a paper towel and burn it.
    On a 2.5L's from 04-07... it's impossible to get to the oil filter with the tray still on. The little door that's made for the oil filter must've been made for the 2.0L because you cannot reach it through that hole.
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    Been using the Fumoto valve for years. Very convenient when doing oil changes. I pretty much use Purolater Pure One filters. They work extremely well and are a decent price. The OEM ones are now made by Honeywell (Fram).
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    ^^ Which is why I won't use the OEM ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey View Post
    Been using the Fumoto valve for years. Very convenient when doing oil changes. I pretty much use Purolater Pure One filters. They work extremely well and are a decent price. The OEM ones are now made by Honeywell (Fram).
    Since you have a valve, does that eliminate the need for a crush washer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey View Post
    Been using the Fumoto valve for years. Very convenient when doing oil changes. I pretty much use Purolater Pure One filters. They work extremely well and are a decent price. The OEM ones are now made by Honeywell (Fram).
    I have also made the switch to Purolater Pure One filters.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2011REXRoyalBlu View Post
    Since you have a valve, does that eliminate the need for a crush washer
    Yes. Call me old fashioned, but I'm OK with the OEM drain plug and washer.
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    Just something to consider before getting a Fumoto valve - From the reviews I've read, they drain very slowly. If your priority is time, don't get it.
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    Just checked the OEM filters I have stocked up.Thankfully they are all made in Canada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    Just checked the OEM filters I have stocked up.Thankfully they are all made in Canada.
    ... they are the Frams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lokey
    Just something to consider before getting a Fumoto valve - From the reviews I've read, they drain very slowly. If your priority is time, don't get it.
    I usually let my car drain for 20-30 minutes. Open up the valve, and then go work on something else...

    I'm never in a rush, so it's not a big deal. The valve has made oil changes much cleaner than with the OE plug, so it's worth it to me.
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