Today, in the blistery cold weather I performed my 1st oil change to my 2002 WRX.
I had scheduled with the dealer twice and they kept giving me 2 week later dates.
I was running 3204 miles and really need to get the oil change.
After reading countless oil change threads.. basically this is what I did..
The oil filter was really really tight. I don't know how the hell they get it locked in that tight. I guess it's a virgin.
I tried those Craftman rubber locking tool, no good. The filter was too short and not enough room to get torque..
Then I read some thread where people just stuck a screwdriver thru the filter and was able to loosen it. That didn't work because the OEM filter is made of metal and you have to be real strong to do it. I did bang it a few times and left couple of dents but no holes.
So I had enough.. I jacked up the driver side just 4-5 inches.. then took the power drill and drilled a big hole, my drill bit got stuck in it. Then oil began to leak out. I couldn't take the drill bit out, so I figured, hey why not.. I just used the stuck drill bit and use it to turn and loosened the oil filter. I did it like popping a good bottle of red wine and yes.. the oil leaking out looks like red wine, burgandy.
Took the Bosch Premium Grade filter lubed it with some motor and 4.5 bottles of the good Mobil Regular 5w-30 oil.
BTW, the drain plug was also darn tight but a couple of shots of silicone lubricant loosened it. I guess the cold weather kept it locked in. (Temperature was around 21 degrees)
Warmed up the car for 5 mins, crawled under to make sure there are no leaks and drove her around a bit..