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    after i change my oil on the 06 tr, the plug will leak after a couple of hours. the dealer does supply me with the washer that goes in between the plug and oil pan, but it stil leaks. anybody else have this problem?

    has anbody tried useing a FRAM oil filter? subaru ones are like 12 beans, i piked up a FRAM @ kragen for 9.99. i am a little hesitant about using it though. is there a difference in the subaru and the FRAM?
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    I have, but it stopped when I tightened it more. The washer will begin to crush. It crushes so that you don't strip the threads, so don't bottom it out.

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    I am still using the OEM crush washer that came with my car when I first got it and have changed the oil 4 times myself with no leaks.

    The only time I used a subaru oil filter is when it came on the car. Since then I have used Fram and NAPA. If you change your oil regularly, every 3k or so, the brand of filter really doesnt matter much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    I am still using the OEM crush washer that came with my car when I first got it and have changed the oil 4 times myself with no leaks.

    The only time I used a subaru oil filter is when it came on the car. Since then I have used Fram and NAPA. If you change your oil regularly, every 3k or so, the brand of filter really doesnt matter much.

    mine didn't even come with a washer.

    so the washer isn't really there to seal? its just there so you won't strip the threads? so i guess you dont even need the washer then right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DTFH3030 View Post
    mine didn't even come with a washer.

    so the washer isn't really there to seal? its just there so you won't strip the threads? so i guess you dont even need the washer then right?
    No you need the crush washer. Mine came with one as I think all Subis do. But they fall off when you accidently drop the drain plug in the oil drain pan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    No you need the crush washer. Mine came with one as I think all Subis do. But they fall off when you accidently drop the drain plug in the oil drain pan.

    mine didn't. thats why i thought it was weird when i first changed my oil and the parts guy gave me a washer.
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    Yeah they leak without the washer.

    The guy we bought the shop bugeye from thought he cracked his oil pan. But after being on here I new it was just a missing washer.

    Yeah my subi dealer has them taped to the oil filter boxes
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    OP: Out of curiosity, what spec are you tightening the draing plug to? I think 33 lb-ft is the correct torque.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    If you change your oil regularly, every 3k or so, the brand of filter really doesnt matter much.
    I could be wrong, but oil filters are supposed to work better once they've been on for a bit. Some prefer not to change it every time because it works better for the second 3K (or whatever).

    I don't recall ever paying $12 for a 2003 filter, but I do prefer the Subaru filters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DTFH3030 View Post
    after i change my oil on the 06 tr, the plug will leak after a couple of hours. the dealer does supply me with the washer that goes in between the plug and oil pan, but it stil leaks. anybody else have this problem?
    I had this problem. I replaced the crush washer and tourqued the plug again. No more leak. Sounds kind of crazy, but I did this withoug draining the oil again.

    Also, make sure the flat side of the crush washer is seated against the drain plug not the oil pan before re-installing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    I could be wrong, but oil filters are supposed to work better once they've been on for a bit. Some prefer not to change it every time because it works better for the second 3K (or whatever).

    I don't recall ever paying $12 for a 2003 filter, but I do prefer the Subaru filters.
    A filter never works as good as when it is new. True for oil, air and hydraulic

    Filters are rated for the Micron size of particle they will filter out. As long as you use a comperable Micron of filter to the stock one, shouldn't make a difference. Especially if you change oil regularly.
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    I have a very slight leak at the plug too - first time I ever have.

    Quote Originally Posted by dcpatters View Post
    I had this problem. I replaced the crush washer and tourqued the plug again. No more leak. Sounds kind of crazy, but I did this withoug draining the oil again.
    Yes ... it does. Just how did you do this?

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    Also, make sure the flat side of the crush washer is seated against the drain plug not the oil pan before re-installing.
    I do not remember if I did this the last time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DTFH3030 View Post

    has anbody tried useing a FRAM oil filter? subaru ones are like 12 beans, i piked up a FRAM @ kragen for 9.99. i am a little hesitant about using it though. is there a difference in the subaru and the FRAM?
    Holy balls! Is that 9.99 Canandian? Frams are about a third of that US around here. Either way they're garbage. Get a Purolator or a Wix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GV27 View Post
    Holy balls! Is that 9.99 Canandian? Frams are about a third of that US around here. Either way they're garbage. Get a Purolator or a Wix.
    Its funny how in different parts of the US certain brands are more prevalent than others. In California its like hens teeth to find a purolator filter. Wix is a little more common, but even bosh filters are more common here.
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