Subaru Oil Change

What is an oil change?

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An oil change is simply replacing the old oil and oil filter in your vehicle’s crankcase. Oil has a limited life span and needs to be changed based on your vehicle maintenance schedule. Depending on what kind of oil is in your Subaru, it can last from around 3,000 – 5,000 miles.

Why Your Subaru Needs Regular Oil Changes

You should never go over your vehicle’s recommended oil change mileage. Otherwise, a few things can go wrong. Old oil has dirt and particles built up in it, while your oil filter will catch these in the beginning, it will start to get clogged and the particles will not be filtered out of your oil as time goes on. This causes your oil to become thicker, which means it can’t do its job of lubricating the moving parts in your motor. This creates extra friction and heat on parts in your Subaru, which can cause a lot of different problems.

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5 Signs That Your Subaru Needs an Oil Change

  1. Your Oil Is Black
    • New, fresh oil is the color of honey, but it quickly begins to turn dark after a few weeks. While this change in color is expected, if you start to see little bits mixed in with your oil, your Subaru is due for an oil change. These tiny pieces can get stuck in your engine and clog up your oil filter. Make sure you have your oil changed before this causes an issue. 
  2. Your Engine Runs Louder 
    • The purpose of engine oil is to lubricate the moving parts of your motor. If your vehicle is low on oil, the moving parts of your engine will create extra friction and make a grinding sound. This can cause a serious problem. If you hear anything like that, make sure to bring it into SL Autoworks so we can have a look. 
  3. Your Oil Level Is Low
    • Check your oil level every 1-2 months when you stop in a gas station. If the oil is under the recommended level you may need an oil change. 
  4. You Have No Idea When You Last Had Your Subaru’s Oil Changed
    • If you can’t remember the last time you had your oil changed, bring your vehicle in! Your Subaru should be on a very specific maintenance schedule and brought in for an oil change every 5,000 – 7,000 miles. 
  5. Your Check Engine Light Is On
    • When you see the check engine light come on in your Subaru, the first (and easiest) thing to check is your oil level. If your oil is regularly low, make sure to mention this at your service appointment. You could have an oil hose leak. If there is a leak in your system, the oil will drain fast, this is a problem you want to catch early.

How long does an oil change take?

A typical oil change takes anywhere from 20-45 minutes, depending on model and equipped engine. We always do our best to get you in and out as fast as possible!

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