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Old 11-07-2009, 03:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ok.. i've searched this for a long time? and i still have no idea? i've gotten 4.5 quarts, 4.2 quarts. Can someone please tell me how much oil my subaru takes when doing an oil and filter change? Thank you

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My 03X manual says 4.8 quarts which includes the filter.

Since it almost impossible to get a truly accurate reading from the dipstick except to know the
level is somewhere near the notch I would put in near the 4.5 level.

I buy the 5 Quart jug and dump in until there is still "some" remaining in the bottom. Not too scientific but there is some tolerance in the oil pan to allow for a few ounces either way.
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4.8 quarts. without filter, 4.2 quarts. with filter. I use 5 qts. also. By the time you pre-fill the filter you should have the right amount left over to fill the crankcase with, if you don't dump it in to the last drop.
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Thats correct 4.8 quarts when doing the filter at the time of oil change. I can't see a reason to do an oil change and not change the filter.

I am NOW a proponent of "priming" the filter before installing. I never used to but once I saw a CEL during start up after doing a oil change that changed my mind. No sense having to clear a CEL by disconnecting the battery.
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Don't be distressed by what the dipstick says after an oil change. You need to run the engine for a while and then let it settle for 15 minutes or so while parked on a level before you can get an accurate reading. Peaty calls this phenomenon the "Teflon dipstick."
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I've been using 5 US quarts w/ filter for years in several Scoobys with no problems, the only one that takes more (that I have) is the Tribeca that takes 6 us quarts. The .2 quarts (189cc) isn't going to make a difference really. Consider the surface area of the oil in the oil pan, how much do you think it's actually going to raise the level? Not much.
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Yup..5 quarts and call it a day.
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I'm a 4.8 qt. heretic. Every 24th oil change is free doing it my way.
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I just dump a full 5 into the wife's 02. I always change the filter when changing the oil.
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I am that 4.8 OCD type.
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Thank you guys for the reply.. when i bought my car it had everything except the owners manual.. i dont think i've ever bought a car with a owners manual before? idk where they go.. still searching a junk yard for one.. but thanks again!
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Interesting. The 03 XS (AT) manual states 4.2 Q after removing the filter section. When I did the oil change I did put close to 5 Q to get to the 'full' amount.
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if you e-mail me direct I can get you a PDF version of the owners manual

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