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    Cool Oil Drain Plug

    I am about to change my new 03WRX oil and oil filter, but I found out that it is a little different than my previous Prelude. First, what is the electrical wire look alike that connects to the oil drain plug?? It is a white color wire. Second, what is the O Ring some people have mentioned in the oil filter part? And Do I need to replace the O ring for the new oil filter? Thank you for the help!


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    The white wire that connects to the drain plug is prolly the oil temp probe. Do you have the OEM guages? Also the "O ring" everyone is talking about is the crush washer that goes on the plug as well. Some people change it everytime, others wait even until the 10th oil change to change it. You can try to reuse it, but if you see a leak, change it.

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    Re: Oil Drain Plug

    Originally posted by WRXGO
    I am about to change my new 03WRX oil and oil filter, but I found out that it is a little different than my previous Prelude. First, what is the electrical wire look alike that connects to the oil drain plug?? It is a white color wire. Second, what is the O Ring some people have mentioned in the oil filter part? And Do I need to replace the O ring for the new oil filter? Thank you for the help!


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    My '03 doesn't have any wire connected to the drain plug. Are you sure you're actually looking at the drain plug?
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    Re: Oil Drain Plug

    Originally posted by WRXGO
    I am about to change my new 03WRX oil and oil filter, but I found out that it is a little different than my previous Prelude. First, what is the electrical wire look alike that connects to the oil drain plug?? It is a white color wire. Second, what is the O Ring some people have mentioned in the oil filter part? And Do I need to replace the O ring for the new oil filter? Thank you for the help!



    WRXGO
    The rubber O-ring for the filter is built into the filter - so you do change it every time but it isn't a seperate part.

    The crush washers are like $.35 a piece. I buy them by the dozen and change it every time. It's a good idea.

    That wire is for the oil temp probe and won't be present if you don't have an oil temp gauge.

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    Oil Drain Plug

    Thanks for the info. GV27 Indeed, the white wire that connects to the drain plug is for the oil temp gauage. After going through three different auto stores to look for the oil washer, I went back to the dealer to buy it. I bought a lot for future oil change. It is funny that not many auto stores carry WRX oil washer.



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    Magnetic?

    Hi. Are any of these drain bolts magnetized? Know where one can be had??
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    I have had my fumotovalve for almost a year now on my car, and I would never change it back to stock. I also got the model with the nipple, that allows you to connect a piece of tubing to the valve, so you can aim the outflowing oil better. Cut my oil change times in half. I recommend getting one.

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    Just about all subarus ever made use a 20mm oil drain plug and washer. A 20 mm fiber washer installed at 40 ft.-lbs. should work fine. Pep Boys sells the drain plug and washer as a set for $2.79 or you can buy washers alone. Manufacturer name is Oil-Tite.
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    Re: Magnetic?

    Originally posted by JohnZim63
    Hi. Are any of these drain bolts magnetized? Know where one can be had??
    http://www.magneticdrainplugs.com/metric.htm#1011M

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    Fumoto

    I bought the standard fumoto valve. It went on easy and works great. I have an 04 STi and the fumoto does not stick out more than maybe 1/2" more than the stock one. Since its at about a 45 degree angle that means it is just shy of flush with the bottom of the pan by my reckoning.

    If you have an STi, I would get a nippled version, so you can start draining the oil via a tube while you take off the plastic engine guard. This will drop your change time by a few minutes at least, since you have to remove the guard if you want to get at the filter with minimum mess. I think the nippled version is like $3 more. With shipping and everything I paid 28 and change for that standard version.

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    Re: Fumoto

    Originally posted by kf_aviator
    I bought the standard fumoto valve. It went on easy and works great. I have an 04 STi and the fumoto does not stick out more than maybe 1/2" more than the stock one. Since its at about a 45 degree angle that means it is just shy of flush with the bottom of the pan by my reckoning.

    If you have an STi, I would get a nippled version, so you can start draining the oil via a tube while you take off the plastic engine guard. This will drop your change time by a few minutes at least, since you have to remove the guard if you want to get at the filter with minimum mess. I think the nippled version is like $3 more. With shipping and everything I paid 28 and change for that standard version.

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    I just cut a square out of the plastic guard, just below the filter. I didn't want to take it off every time I change oil.
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