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Old 06-19-2012, 11:00 PM   #1
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DIY BRZ / FR-S Oil Change

Albino Rhinos first Oil Change



Tools needed: 14mm socket or wrench, ramps or jack and stands, oil drain bucket, small funnel, fresh oil, and oil filter. Gloves and shop rags are very nice but not required.
Time Required: I would give yourself about 30 minutes to complete the oil change.
Difficulty: One of the easiest oil changes I have done.



First I like to make sure the car is somewhat warm but not hot. You will want to drive your car up onto the ramps, or jack the front of your car up with a jack and make sure to secure it with jack stands. Pop the hood and locate the oil filter and oil filler cap on the front driver side(left side) of the engine bay. Take off the oil filler cap and put it aside in a safe location.




Next go under the car, and you should see the large metal under plate, and you will notice a large access hole, this is where you will be able to access the oil drain plug. Take your 14mm wrench and loosen the oil drain plug, and make sure your oil drain bucket is close at hand so you can get it directly under the oil flow path as you are removing the oil drain plug.





As oil is draining, you can start to remove the oil filter on the top of the engine. With the filter being on the top of the engine, you should not have to worry about the filter spilling oil as you remove it, should be a very clean removal. Once the filter is off, I like to clean the mating surface of the engine and apply a light film of oil to the new oil filter o-ring to ensure a leak free seal on the new filter.





Install the new filter and tighten down to manufacturer or oil filter specs. Once you have let the oil drain for a sufficient time, you can screw the oil drain plug back in the oil pan and torque to factory specs.









Last step is to fill the engine with oil, we used a small filter which will help keep any oil off the engine. Subaru states the oil capacity is 5.8 quarts, but ours did not take quite that much, so I would fill it to around 5 quarts and check the oil level, and top off if needed.





Put the oil cap back on, start the engine and make sure the oil light turns off. Get out of the car and check for any leaks. Once you have confirmed there are no leaks, double check everything, and enjoy your fresh oil! Now go for a drive!!!





We decided to use the Dimple Magnetic Drain Plug on this oil change, the part number is M16X1.5X12 which is also the dimensions of the oil drain plug. The new Dimple plug will use a 15mm head, so if you do go this route, make sure to have a 15mm wrench handy as well. We also used the Prova Sports Oil filter, part number 10000SP0010






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Old 06-19-2012, 11:58 PM   #2
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Nice. Don't forget to mention that you should lube up the oil filter gasket with a little oil! Now, I just hope someone posts a DIY on a Fumoto Drain Valve and a review on it as well.
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Nice. Don't forget to mention that you should lube up the oil filter gasket with a little oil! Now, I just hope someone posts a DIY on a Fumoto Drain Valve and a review on it as well.
haha nice catch! We specifically took a picture of it, but did not mention in the writeup. Got that fixed. Thanks again!

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haha nice catch! We specifically took a picture of it, but did not mention in the writeup. Got that fixed. Thanks again!

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Haha no problem, I was wondering why the pic was the but there were no instructions for it.
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oil stock is 0-20w ?
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oil stock is 0-20w ?
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haha nice catch! We specifically took a picture of it, but did not mention in the writeup. Got that fixed. Thanks again!

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Arg! You beat me to this. I was going to change my oil today.

Great writeup though. Do you know the torque specs on the plug and filter offhand?
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Which filter are you using? I looks like it's much smaller than the original.....
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Good write-up. Clear and thorough.

It might be interesting if you would comment, here or elsewhere, on your reasons for going with the Prova Sports Oil filter. If it supersedes the quality of the OEM filter, that is one thing. But, since it looks noticeably smaller, as has been noted, it raises concerns.

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The reason of going with the Prova filter is the simple fact of how high quality they are.
Subaru USA and Subaru Japan have different oil filters, the OEM filters that come on the cars are the super nice Subaru Japan filter. When you go to the dealer Subaru North America sells the cheap Fram made oil filters which are not nearly as nice of quality.
This was something that Subaru did a few years ago (and Im sure most North American dealers such as Toyota, Honda, ect to cut cost). It has been heavily gone over in the Subaru community, and the easy way to tell is the OEM subaru filters in NA are Blue, where the Japanese made are Black.
The filters that come on the cars look identical to the 2002-2005 WRX oil filters. If you look at the speed hunters coverage of the BRZ STi concept, that car has the smaller STi 2004+ oil filter. The smaller filters where used on those cars just for clearance reasons as the older WRX filters wouldnt fit, however they both performed just as well even with the size difference.

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Do you know the torque specs on the plug and filter offhand?
As per SOA FSM the torque spec on the filter is 10.3ft-lb, and 28.9 ft-lb for the drain plug

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Thanks, Kirill.

My experience with, for example, Honda is that, for the North American market, they use two oil filter suppliers, both are good, but the Canadian one is judged to be better. Fram I have never liked, although many swear by them.

I'll have to look further into the Prova filter. What you are saying makes sense, but that smaller size still makes me want to be sure. I mean, when it's installed, it doesn't look very pretty, does it? Not that it has to, but....


BTW, since you appear to be a retailer/distributor of the Prova, did you want to make a "full disclosure" on that point?
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Glad I was able to clear that up for you

Yes we are a Prova Retailer, however any high quality filter will work. Just make sure its something at least as good as OEM if not better. K&N, PowerEnterprise, and Prova we have found to work very well and are what we used on personal cars and offer to customers. If we dont find it good enough to run on our own cars, we dont offer it to our customers
Typically for oil filters you want to stay away from the budget units as they dont have the same features such as a high quality units such as: bypass valve, internal construction to keep the filters shape, and the density of the filter to be correct for proper flow but yet allow for proper cleaning.

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As per SOA FSM the torque spec on the filter is 10.3ft-lb, and 28.9 ft-lb for the drain plug

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So do people on the forum use torque wrenches? It has been a very long time since I have changed my own oil. If so, what would you recommend I get ?
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Well, for 18 years I've been doing this. Fill filter half way up with oil, oil the gasket, spin it on until catches then do 1 more turn or until lightly hand tight. If you can't loosen it by hand when you're trying to remove then you put it on too tight... usually.

As for the drain plug, if you use aluminum crush washers then as the bolt snugs up it will be tight-ish and then you'll feel a little 1/8th turn of the washer crushing. Once the washer has "crushed" you're there.

Or if you're not sensitive to these things just use the torque stick and be done with it.
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I just bought two oil filters at my Subaru dealer, P/N 15208AA130. They are OEM Tokyo Roki filters.

I did forget to get a couple of drain plug seal washers.
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So do people on the forum use torque wrenches? It has been a very long time since I have changed my own oil. If so, what would you recommend I get ?


I never personally use a torque wrench when doing an oil change, but I would highly recommend having a torque wrench on hand any time you work on your car.

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I never personally use a torque wrench when doing an oil change, but I would highly recommend having a torque wrench on hand any time you work on your car.

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Just make sure your torque wrench is properly calibrated.
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Just make sure your torque wrench is properly calibrated.

This x100!!


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So do people on the forum use torque wrenches? It has been a very long time since I have changed my own oil. If so, what would you recommend I get ?
Didn't Sean tell you that you get 2 years of free maintenance with the car. Shouldn't have to change your own oil til year 3!
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Didn't Sean tell you that you get 2 years of free maintenance with the car. Shouldn't have to change your own oil til year 3!
Any Subie dealer or yours?
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