Change The Oil on a 2008-2013 Subaru Forester

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Learn how to change the oil on your 2008-2013 Subaru Forester X with a 2.5L engine. We've got a step by step how to with all the parts and tools you'll need.

Subaru calls for an oil change every 7,500 miles under normal use. Though Subaru's boxer engines do seem prone to burning oil, so keep in mind you should check the oil level regularly.

Get Started by Lifting the Car


Lift the front of the vehicle by driving the Forester onto a set of Rhino Ramps.

Don't forget to engage park, apply your parking brake, and use wheel chocks

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Drain the Oil


Place your drain pan under the oil pan.

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Remove the 17mm oil drain plug


Drain the oil completely.


Install a the drain plug and crush washer.

Torque to 32 ft-lbs.


Remove the oil filter using your favorite type of filter wrench.


Screw the new filter on, tightening it per the instructions on the box.

Mobil1 filter instructions say to seat the gasket and tighten one 3/4 turn.

Fill with New Oil


Using your funnel, refill the oil. It takes approximately 5.5 quarts.


Check the oil level by removing the dip stick, drying it and re-inserting it.

Check the level by reading where the oil shows up on the end.

The distance from low to full on the dip stick is approx. 1 qt.

Finish Up


Visually check the filter and drain plug for leaks.


Lower the car back to the ground.


Start up the engine and watch the oil pressure light to make sure it doesn't stay on.


Re-check the oil level and check once more for leaks.

##How to Get Rid of Your Old Oil?##

Your local auto parts store will take your old oil as long as you don't mix it with any other fluids.

Photo Credits

Article header photo "2011 Subaru Forester - S Edition" by The NRMA on Flickr

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