DIY Change da Oil!!

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DIY Change da Oil!!

Postby Age » Tue May 23, 2006 9:39 pm

Full credit to Daz (deafwish), he did all the work, i just sat there and took pics. :lol: It was done on a MY99. GC/F8's are easy to get access to. Bugeye onwards you need to remove all the undertray stuff to get access to the sump plug and oil filter.

What you'll need...
New oil
New oil filter
New oil sump plug washer
Funnel (optional)
Oil collect try/container
Some rags
18mm socket and ratchet
Oil filter removal tool (or the old screwdriver through the oil filter trick :wink: )
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(the can is upper engine cleaner, for later use)

Ok 1st, jack up the front of the car and place it on some stands.
Locate the oil sump plug and the oil filter.
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Time to undo the sump plug. On GC/F8's it was 18mm. Anti-clockwise to undo. A little tip is to undo the bolt half way and tie some string/fishing line onto the plug. That way when you undo it all the way and it falls into the oil draining container, you can just pull the string to get it out of all the old oil you collect.....saves putting you hands in there to find it :lol:
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Out all the oil flows into you collecting container. While it is draining, undo the oil cap in the engine bay too.
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On to the filter...undo the filter, anti-clockwise. And drain into the tray.
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I usually let the oil drain out of the car for a few mins...so go have a beer or coffee. :mrgreen:

Now, remove the old sump plug washer, and replace it with the new one.
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And re-bolt the sump plug back in and tighten.
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Next remove the plastic from the filter
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Now smear some new oil onto the rubber seal of the new oil filter
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And re-install the new oil filter and tighten.
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Now with everything tight, it's time to put the new oil in.
Check on the back of your manual (that book thing in the glovebox) and find out how much oil your car takes.
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Next add the amount of oil into the car.
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Once you've added the oil, give it a few minutes (to let the oil drain through the engine into the sump) and check the level of the oil.
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Once your happy with the level of oil, and you've doubled checked everything is back on (including oil cap), and all nice and tight. Lower the car. Start the car....check for any leaks, and you'll be good to go. 8)
Last edited by Age on Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:24 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Postby deafwish » Wed May 24, 2006 10:23 am

I can do a service me.
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Postby Lupin » Wed May 24, 2006 10:23 am

I see your not from the fill the filter with oil school.
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Postby deafwish » Wed May 24, 2006 10:30 am

Never done it on any of my cars or bikes and never had an issue.
There are always variances on how people do things. :wink:
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Postby Age » Wed May 24, 2006 10:49 am

Lupin wrote:I see your not from the fill the filter with oil school.


Yeah same... i've never done it.

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Postby wokka wokka » Wed May 24, 2006 10:55 am

Should the engine/oil be warm/hot when doing this? I was told the 'tie a bit of string on' trick to help retrieve the plug after the oil burns your fingers and you drop it into the collecting can.

The only downside could be that you then have to take the oil to be disposed of, and the council rubbish places are always miles away and open crap hours.
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Postby deafwish » Wed May 24, 2006 11:03 am

wokka wokka wrote:Should the engine/oil be warm/hot when doing this? I was told the 'tie a bit of string on' trick to help retrieve the plug after the oil burns your fingers and you drop it into the collecting can.

The only downside could be that you then have to take the oil to be disposed of, and the council rubbish places are always miles away and open crap hours.


You mean I can't pour it down the drain....? :?
:lol: j/k.
Yes, the hotter the oil, the better it will flow out of the sump pug (you want to get rid of as much old oil as possible).
Be very careful not to burn yourself though......
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Postby Lupin » Wed May 24, 2006 11:59 am

deafwish wrote:
wokka wokka wrote:Should the engine/oil be warm/hot when doing this? I was told the 'tie a bit of string on' trick to help retrieve the plug after the oil burns your fingers and you drop it into the collecting can.

The only downside could be that you then have to take the oil to be disposed of, and the council rubbish places are always miles away and open crap hours.


You mean I can't pour it down the drain....? :?
:lol: j/k.
Yes, the hotter the oil, the better it will flow out of the sump pug (you want to get rid of as much old oil as possible).
Be very careful not to burn yourself though......


Now this opens a debate, becasue when you look at the viscosity rating of a oil, the colder it is the better it flows.

http://www.autoeducation.com/autoshop101/oil-change.htm

Then there is the debate that only when a engine is cold is all the oil in the sump.
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Postby Gav » Fri May 26, 2006 6:54 pm

Might be worth mentioning that on some filters, the rubber seal is not
integrated into the unit and so it might stick to the sump when you
remove the filter

If you put the new filter on without removing the old seal from the sump
then you will have more than a leak when you start the engine and will
need more than a few rags :oops:
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Postby [MET] » Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:41 pm

done & done DIY was a great read to familiarise myself with it all before hand! much thanks!

And thanks to Peter Rutherford for the Redline and Royal Purple Oil!

Will report back on the Oil once I've run it for 5000kms and might get it tested afterwards! ;)
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Postby Razgriz » Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:20 am

I just did my first ever oil change. It was awesome. Thanks Age and Deafwish :wub:

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Postby deafwish » Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:14 pm

Awesome!!! :thumbs:
Engine rebuild next week? :giggle:
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Postby rexmang » Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:35 pm

Just might want to add..

-It can be easily done without jack stands, Ive done my car many times and its lowered:)

-And ive never changed the sump bolt washer with any of my cars, and ive never had a problem.
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Postby deafwish » Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:48 pm

hellowrx wrote:-It can be easily done without jack stands, Ive done my car many times and its lowered:)

-And ive never changed the sump bolt washer with any of my cars, and ive never had a problem.


1. Why would you even consider getting under your car without jack stands supporting it? :o :chair:

2. The sump plug washer is a crush washer. It is designed for single use only & for the sake of >$1, I wouldn't bother risking multiple use! :|
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Postby rexmang » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:01 pm

deafwish wrote:
hellowrx wrote:-It can be easily done without jack stands, Ive done my car many times and its lowered:)

-And ive never changed the sump bolt washer with any of my cars, and ive never had a problem.


1. Why would you even consider getting under your car without jack stands supporting it? :o :chair:

2. The sump plug washer is a crush washer. It is designed for single use only & for the sake of >$1, I wouldn't bother risking multiple use! :|


Um you misunderstood me, you can easily do the oil change while the car is on its wheels.
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Postby deafwish » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:06 pm

I can't even fit my head under the front of mine (the ego's big, but the size isn't)!
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Re: DIY Change da Oil!!

Postby kasdave » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:15 am

Dont reckon my head would fit there either, about to do my oil change too.
And maybe the brake pads.
Anyone know whether the pink Sti oil filter is any better than a stock wrx filter...?

Hmm, exactly a year ago since the last post, that happened on another thread last week...
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Re: DIY Change da Oil!!

Postby Speedway » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:30 pm

When changing the oil on my racecar, I also prefill the oil filter (allowaing it to soak in then adding some more) to remove those few precious moments where the new oil is working its way through the filter and not being pumped through your dry engine.
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Re: DIY Change da Oil!!

Postby deafwish » Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:10 pm

Hey Dave,
Unless you like the bling of having a pink filter, stick with an OEM Subaru one! :clown:
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Re: DIY Change da Oil!!

Postby kasdave » Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:17 pm

I thought i read somewhere they were bigger or something..
Nah not concerned with the bling look..
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