Did you know if you have your oil changed at a non-dealer garage, they might install the wrong oil filter? Last time I had my Subaru oil changed at a non-dealer garage, they installed a wrong filter because it has the wrong bypass pressure for a Subaru. So it is important that you use a correct filter.
Most of the time going to a dealer for service is more expensive. So in this video I am showing you the easiest way to change your oil in under 20 minutes. You want it to be quick, but also safe. For a Subaru Forester, there is no need to jack up the car, the SUV is high enough, and the oil drain plug is within arm’s reach from the front. If your head is too large or your car’s clearance is too low, watch my other video on how to raise your car safely without a jack:
You need to loosen the drain plug first. If your arm is not strong enough, watch my other video on how to use your foot to loosen it:
I put an oil pan in a box. The box will catch oil splashes and it also lets me adjust the pan under the car more easily. If you don’t have an oil pan, watch this video about how to make a zero cost oil pan:
My oil filter socket fits the correct oil filter from Subaru, but it is too small for the Metrostreet filter. If you don’t have an oil filter wrench, watch my other video on how to remove the filter without purchasing a filter wrench:
Lastly, when you pour oil, there are various ways to do it without using an oil funnel:
Did you know there are actually 3 different ways to pour oil into your engine? Two of them you may already know. Today I’m introducing a new and unique third way.
This is very useful for when you’re traveling and you find your oil level is low. You don’t have to buy a funnel or any other tools — just a bottle of oil!
Assuming that you don’t have a funnel, knife, or a screw driver, we will show you how to pour oil without spilling! Whether you have a 1-quart bottle or 5-quart jug, we have you covered. And you’ll impress your friends!
Since there are different kinds of oil bottles and different kinds of cars, we have done extensive research to cover all possible scenarios. Hopefully you will find the solution to suit your needs. If you don’t find a solution, or if you have any tips, please leave a comment below.
If you are at home, you can easily make a funnel with zero cost. Check out my other video: https://youtu.be/ICcqwXPSxmk (4 Ways To Make An Engine Oil Funnel & 2 Ways To Pour Oil)
If you use the method of oil extraction, one big concern is the long time to complete the engine oil change. I will share with you 3 key factors to speed up your oil extraction as well other tips to make the engine oil change easier.
The most difficult DIY oil change is getting underneath the car to drain the old oil, and most people hate sliding under the car and getting their hands covered with dirty oil. Also, wrestling with a stubborn drain plug bolt is a common problem and risks damaging the oil plug. Now these are no longer issues, and I also make the DIY super cheap (it’s free) and fast! Please share it with your friends.
Oil extraction additionally has advantages if your oil filter is mounted on the top, and it removes the possibility of removing the drain plug only to have hot oil gush onto your hand. We think the oil extractor makes the operation easy, but if you do decide to do the traditional way, we have a different video to make it a little easier for you: https://youtu.be/S0Ndn4rdBMg Maybe some people will still do the old-fashioned way, but I hope this method will enable other people who otherwise would not DIY.
Some people may question the advantages of this method. You may not get all the oil out, you may not remove all the debris out etc. The counter argument is: but the oil filter will hold most of the debris. The oil is changed hot which means the debris doesn’t really have time to settle. Plus no matter what you do , there is still oil left in the engine, oil left in the pan. What do you think? Is draining better? Do you get most oil out? Does 2 cups of oil left in the engine really matter? Post your thoughts in the comments below.
One simple instruction: while the engine is off hold “Trip A” and press “Start” twice.
1. Cycle through trip odometer and find “Trip A”
2. Turn the ignition “off”
3. Hold Trip A odometer and press ignition switch twice (foot off gas pedal)
4. Continue to hold down the Trip odometer button until “000000” MILES appears on the display and the maintenance light turns off.