Join Date: Feb 2013
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2010 Outback oil control valves
I have 57,000 miles on my 2010 Outback 4 cylinder. I was just making plans for the 60k service when the Check Engine light came on. The Cruise Control light, the Brake light and I guess the Stabilization light also came on. I took the car down to my dealer immediately. The check engine diagnostics showed that I had two clogged oil control valves.
I have been changing the oil and filter (Mobil 1, 5-30) at about 5k mile intervals since the car was new. I admit the last change was at about 7k miles.
The dealer told me I was not changing the oil frequently enough. I should be changing at about 3.5k even if I am using synthetics.
I checked with a second dealer and he told me the same thing, except that if I was using synthetic oil I could make the oil change interval 5k miles.
Really???? I have 2 german cars with oil change intervals at 15k (synthetic). Most of what I have read over the last few years says that you're wasting oil if you change at less than 5k miles.
I know Subaru's have a great reputation for reliability, but I'm a little disappointed to learn that I really have to stay on the oil changes or risk a catastrophic engine failure due to clogged oil control valves, which by the way are $400 to replace.
Any thoughts on this subject would be really appreciated. Thanks.