How To Change Differential Oil in Subaru

How To Change Differential OilIt’s time for a How-To Article! This time I put an article for a gear oil change tutorial. Gear oil can be used for four-wheel differentials of many kinds of cars. So, if you were looking for an article or tutorial on How To Change Differential Oil in Subaru or 2003 Subaru Forester to be more exact, then you came to the right place. Since I didn’t have the pump, I used a funnel with a hose (or tube) to fill the gear oil back into the differential. Of course there is not enough space in the back and under the car to be able to properly fit the funnel. So I had to compromise ;) I drilled a hole under the spare tire which made everything work out like a piece of cake. Make sure to read the whole tutorial before jumping into it, so you know for sure that you have everything that is needed for your differential’s gear oil change. So, let’s begin with the tutorial… Continue reading

How to Oil Change a Car

How to Oil Change a CarIf you are looking for free information and free step by step instructions on How to Oil change a Car, then you came to the right web page. To be more specific, this article will answer the question like, How to Oil Change Subaru Forester 2003? Well, to tell you the truth it is very pretty easy if you compare to the other car oil changes. Because the oil filter and the drain bolt plug are in the most easiest and most comfortable place, which is in the empty, front, bottom, and easy to reach area of the engine. I recommend to raise the car for an easier access. Then, you should get ready the new five quarts of oil and one new oil filter. Most of the cars, vans, trucks, and suv’s use different amount of oil and a unique kind of oil filter, so make sure that you get just the right stuff. Also, I really recommend that you spend extra money and get Fully Synthetic Oil, I get the NAPA Full Synthetic Oil. If you will follow these instructions on how to do an oil change on a car, then it is totally your responsibility if anything at all goes wrong. If you don’t feel confident enough or don’t trust my advice, then please go and find someone else’s or just let some professional and trusted shop do an oil change for you. My oil changes are getting better and faster with every time I do them, but in the beginning it was taking me a while to finish it all up. Some cars, trucks, vans, or suv’s have their oil filters located in the most stupid places ever, which makes your and mine job a lot more complicated and a lot more time go by before you finish your oil change. I hear that some new autos have some weird and even more impossible locations for the oil filter and for the oil draining bolt. So, like I said before, make sure you are confident enough and are going to be able to finish your job all the way. I’d recommend for you to read my whole article before starting any oil and oil filter replacement. Well, if you are ready, confident, and able to do this on your own, then lets get started.

Location of the Oil cap and the DipstickLocate or Find the Top Oil Cap and the Oil Dipstick that helps you check the oil level. On my subaru both of them have the yellow color on their handles. Unscrew the oil cap, clean it and put it aside. Pull out the oil dipstick level checker, clean it and put it aside also. I like to take those off in order to let the engine ventilate better and help it cool down faster, because then the dirty oil will drain easier.

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Location of the oil filter and oil pan with the drain bolt plugGo under your car or subaru and find the old oil filter and the drain bolt on an oil pan. On my subaru they are located right after the bumper and the radiator and in the very front under the motor. Clean them up a little so it is more pleasant and easier to work with.

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Oil draining into the containerGet a wide and deep container and put it under the draining bolt and unscrew that drain bolt plug. Please try to avoid any oil leaks on the concrete or on the dirt. Cover the concrete or the dirt with something that can prevent the oil leaking through it. After the old oil is done draining, then clean of that drain bolt and around the drain hole, and then put the drain bolt back in, and carefully tighten it.

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Location of the spot for the oil filterThen, move your container under the old oil filter and unscrew the oil filter. Let all the oil from the old oil filter and from its original spot leak into the container. Then Clean very good that original oil filter spot.

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Oil filter in its spotGet the new oil filter, and open one of the new oil quarts. Since this Subaru has an easy oil filter location and position, then we can fill like 75% of this new oil filter with the new oil. Also, dip your finger in the oil and smear some of the oil on the rubber seal of that new oil filter. We put some of the oil on the rubber seal of the new oil filter because we want it to be easier in the future to take this oil filter off. Now you can put this new oiled oil filter in its location under the engine and make sure that it is nice and tight. So, right now make sure that the drain bolt plug and the new oil filter are both in their locations and are screwed in tightly.

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preparation for car oil pouringHere you are ready to put the new oil into the engine. Get a funnel and put it in the whole where the big top oil cap was and Not in the dipstick’s little hole. Then, pour in first four guarts of oil into the engine. Then, put the dipstick in its hole and screw in the top oil cap. Start the engine and let it run for like a minute. Stop the engine after about a minute of runing. Now, check the oil level, by taking out the oil dipstick and wiping it clean with a dry cloth, and then insert the dipstick back into its hole and wait like three seconds, and then take it back out and look how high is the oil level from the very bottom edge of the dipstick. I like to fill the oil until the second hole on the dipstick gets covered with oil. So, if you need to fill more oil, then open that top oil cap and fill in just one half of a quart, and recheck the oil level. When you are satisfied with the oil level, then make sure to put the dipstick in its place and to screw the top oil cap back in tightly.

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subaru forester or legacy automotive repair manual bookAlso, if you are interested in this more professional book called Subaru Legacy & Forester: 2000 through 2006 (Chilton’s Total Car Care Repair Manuals), Then just click on its picture to go to the store to buy it –

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