Maintenance: Subaru Periodic Vehicle Maintenance Services:
Engine Oil and Filter:
The basic oil and filter change is the reason most of your Subaru customers will be bringing their vehicles in for service. After the initial 3000 mile service, the maximum recommended span between oil and filter changes is 7.5 months or 7500 miles. Extreme service pushes the recommendation back to three months or 3000 miles. If you’ve ever looked at a definition of ‘extreme service,’ you would probably find that most Subaru enthusiasts are driving under at least one of the conditions to fit this category.
The oil level and filler cap on all late model Subaru vehicles are colored yellow for easy identification by you (and by any vehicle owner who is conscientious enough to check his own oil). Oil grade and quantity recommendations are listed in the vehicle owner’s manual as well as the service manual. To avoid the possibility of an oil leak after an oil change, the oil drain plug gaskets should be replaced with every oil change.
To inspect the engine oil level:
• Park the vehicle on a level surface.
• Remove the oil level gauge and wipe it clean.
• Reinsert the level gauge all the way. Make sure the level gauge is correctly inserted and in the proper orientation.