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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 05-25-2019, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Oil Change without jacking up the car

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I've been spending about almost 100 bucks for full synthetic oil changes on my 2018 XT and 2012 3.6R OB. It is convenient to just drop the car off, sit there for an hour having a cup of coffee and reading something. However, I like to do things myself if they are not too complicated and potentially could save money (1 gallon synthetic oil is 25 bucks, oil filter is about 10 bucks at the most). Also an experience I can share together with my son.

I'm thinking to start changing oil myself, but I don't want to jack up the car for safety. One time my OB oil filter loose and leaked, and I was able to just slide under the car and tighten the filter and saw the oil drain plug is just there. The XT drain plug a bit farther in the middle, but the oil filter is accessible from the top.

I think oil change is not big deal on these two cars even without jacking up the car, what do you think guys? Anything I should watch out for?
I even thinking to change my OB spark plugs after watching some YouTube videos.

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Chances are the gallon of oil you're talking about is actually 5 quarts. Anyway, my driveway is at a slight slope. I back in and then roll onto some ramps under the front wheels. More ground clearance and the car is level. This makes for a super easy change out.

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Thanks for the feedback. Yes, both of my subies take about 4.5 quarts.
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I have never jacked up my 2001 Forester to change oil. It's all there and easy to get to. Very easy to drain with the Fumoto Valve. And the filter is easy to get reach. So never had the need to jack it up to change oil.
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2011 Forester and don’t jack the car. I have ramps but I hardly use them for Subaru. There is enough clearance. Filter on top. Easy peasy, all in all 15-30 min.




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Of the 7 Subarus I have owned, I've never jacked one up to change the oil. There's plenty of clearance. The only time I jack up a car to change the oil is when the drain pan doesn't fit underneath, like Miatas I have owned.
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@subie dvr be careful to properly locate the engine oil drain plug. It is sometimes confused with the CVT drain plug. Otherwise i never jack up my Foresters.

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Thanks for the tip. That's a good point. The drain plug I saw in the middle could be the CVT's. I'll pay close attention. Thanks again!
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Lowered 2 inches all the way round requires ramps but with the Fumoto and a creeper, easy peezy.
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@subie dvr be careful to properly locate the engine oil drain plug. It is sometimes confused with the CVT drain plug. Otherwise i never jack up my Foresters.
Not sure about the 2018XT but the 2018's non-turbo's oil drain plug is hidden above a small plastic cover secured by 5 plastic screws. This may be what causes some to assume that the CVT drain plug is the engine oil. I removed that cover with my first DIY oil change and never put it back on.

Since you are looking to save money on DIY oil changes, right now Pennzoil has a $10 rebate (maximum two rebates) on select full-synthetic motor oils:

https://www.pennzoil.com/en_us/promo...xvY2F0b3IuY2Zt

My local Walmart sells a 5 quart jug of Pennzoil Platinum full-synthetic for $22.68 before rebate. So my next two oil changes will run me about $13 each in oil cost.

Mobil 1 has similar rebates from time to time.


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Another DIY oil change tip...
If your Forester's has that hard-to-loosen/easy-to-damage 14mm head on the oil drain plug, replace it with this OEM drain plug with a 17mm head:

https://www.subaruparts.com/oem-part...plug-807016210
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The XTs oil plug is exposed but can still be confused with the CVT drain plug. Just be sure you are draining the correct fluid and all should go well.

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Another DIY oil change tip...
If your Forester's has that hard-to-loosen/easy-to-damage 14mm head on the oil drain plug, replace it with this OEM drain plug with a 17mm head:

https://www.subaruparts.com/oem-part...plug-807016210
Thanks for the tip. When you said easy to damage, did you mean the hex head could get rounded easily? If it is hard to loosen, would spraying WD40 hurt?
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I installed the engine under guard without lifting the car. Getting underneath to do an oil change will be no problem, and even less so once my Stahlbus valve is installed.
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I installed the engine under guard without lifting the car. Getting underneath to do an oil change will be no problem, and even less so once my Stahlbus valve is installed.
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