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I just purchased a WRX and decided to take it to Quick Lube for the first oil change (first time I haven't done it by myself on any car). I got the correct Mobile-1 Filter and asked them what kind of oil they'd be using. They put in 0w-30 Mobile-1. My engine was hot and they drained it after it was off only maybe 5 minutes. Then filled it, and he showed me the dipstick. Said the first mark was low, second was good, and the half-circle notch was the absolute full mark.

Well, later that day my friend wanted to go for a ride so I took him around his block. I drove it hard but did not red line it. I got about 1,000rpm away from it. When we stopped there was a horrrible burning smell.

After researching it, I discovered the notch it for measuring where the oil should be if checked hot.
What is the severity of the problem?

I am taking it back today to have them drain it to the notch after it has run hot.
Is there any damage that could be have been done that I should confront them about?

It is a new car (for me) with 71,500 miles and I haven't had it a week even. It is in very very good shape and I need it to last through college (including my trip from home in Cleveland to North Tahoe, Nevada for college each year.)

Also, I checked the oil after it had cooled down a little bit and it seemed to be over the notch a good half inch or more. Ive read Subie dipsticks are innaccurate. What should I do in the future with changing the oil to make sure I get it right, because after this I deffinately will be doing it myself again.

Sorry for the lengthy post just trying to give ya all the info I got.
 

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Well #1 I surely wouldnt have put in 0w30...these engines can be a bear to get the oil level mark dead on...more or less all current Subaru turbo Models take about 5 qts. of oil...how much did they charge you for? To make sure you get it right in the future just buy 5 quarts of oil and dump her in, that is after you let her drain for about 5-10 min...
 

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what should I use instead of 0w-30? I live near cleveland we have fairly hot summers. its 65-85 right now and its barely summer. can I leave the 0w-30 in for the next 3k miles? oh and I paid $80
 

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I can tell you that as a mechanic, I never check or drain the engine oil when the motor is hot. Every time that you do that you will get an incorrect reading. Generally as far as type of oil goes, unless you are running a modified engine, stick with the recommendd engine oil for your car. I would say that I would recommend running a fully synthetic engine oil over a non-synthetic oil.
 

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Dear lord...$80.00!..for an oil change...we charge like $25.00 and thats a Subaru Dealer price... That had to be some REALLY special oil......put in how much the dealer recommends....which should be around 5 qts...ive seen the new EZ36 in the Tribecas take anywhere from 6- over 8 quarts...so these engines are kind of quirky when it comes to oil...
 

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its a 2003 stock-to-the-bone WRX.

Like I said I usually change my own oil, but I was already there and on my way to work afterwards, plus I couldn't let it cool between school and work.

I know that they charge more too because they inflate the tires, oil the doors, fill the washer fluid, and check all other fluids so they can rape you with a labor charge or something.

I think the manual suggested 5w-30 or 10w-30
and Autozone where I got a filter checked my oil capacity and the computer said 4.8 so using 5 quarts sounds about right.

My biggest concern is there's harm I letting it run a little high on the 0w-30 oil in it?
 

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My biggest concern is there's harm I letting it run a little high on the 0w-30 oil in it?
This should not be a problem.

If you smell burnt oil they either didn't clean up well or there is a leak. The volume they used is unlikely to have caused the smell.

0W-30 is fine since, at operating temperature, it is equivalent to 5W-30 or 10W-30.
 
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