Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: New Hampshire, U.S.A
Car Year: 2011
Car Model: Forester X
Transmission: 5-Gear Manual
Oil Change#2 and 14MM Drain Plug is Junk
Just finished installing subaru (Idemitsu) 0w20 oil at 7161 miles for OC#2. This replaces the Mobil 1 0w20 we ran for 5100 miles. The mobil 1 oil came out VERY dirty (see pics). Main gripe is, when removing the drain plug with 14mm 6-point box wrench, the nut rounded off (see pics). I had to put foil over the nut head and hammer a 14mm impact socket to remove it. Many here have complained about the DP bolt, and I had little problem with it at OC#1, but this time it wouldnt budge. I will request a new free DP bolt from our local Subaru dealer. This thing must be made from very mild steel or ??? I will be looking for a more robust replacement and hope Subaru recognises it needs a better one also. I never in over 40 years of professional maintenance had an issue with a drain plug bolt. I was a NIASE MASTER in the 70's and early eighties.
'12 Honda FIT Sport 5M; '11 Forester X 5M;