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DIY 2.5 2011 oil change??

Can anyone give instructions with pics of DIY oil change for the 2011 2.5 CVT?

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The instructions in the owners manual are pretty good actually,even has pics/drawings I believe. Best I've ever seen in an owners manual.

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Make sure you let the heat shield cool(atleast 10 minutes) before you go and try reaching for the oil filter. I have burned myself twice!! It gets so hot.....By the time you realized you just burned yourself or are burning yourself....the deed is done. Its sizzling hot still after 5 mins.

Yep...just check it...

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The DIY oil change procedure is not unique nor special. The filter is surrounded by the exhaust system and needs a cap-type oil filter wrench, 4.2qt and preferably the oem oil filter.
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Also....4.2 quarts equals right around 4 liters if that helps. The OEM filter should only cost you around 8 bucks with the crush ring. Dont forget the crush ring.

ALSO...for ease. You could just fill your filter with oil before you install it. Then just throw in 4 quarts and your good. That .2 always through me off. The filter is where the .2 comes from.

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Here is one on the 3.6- https://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...il-change.html

I think the only differences are 1) location/position of filter and quantity of oil (although you should have someone with a 2.5 review this and confirm). Also, if you are going to do your own oil changes regularly, you may want to consider replacing your drain plug with a fumoto valve. One less tool required, and no need to stock up on those little washer thingies. QuickOilDrainValve.com - the best way to change oil

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Here is one on the 3.6- https://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...il-change.html

I think the only differences are 1) location/position of filter and quantity of oil (although you should have someone with a 2.5 review this and confirm). Also, if you are going to do your own oil changes regularly, you may want to consider replacing your drain plug with a fumoto valve. One less tool required, and no need to stock up on those little washer thingies. QuickOilDrainValve.com - the best way to change oil
+1 on the valve, Works great!

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In case it helps, here is a Don't DIY thread:
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Thanks guys! it will be the first time I work on this car, so I just want to gather experiences from all before attempting.
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You probably have already done it, but I found this guy's instructions and pics very helpful. 2010 Subaru Outback: First Oil Change Frozenrobot

Subies are easy as **** to change oil/filter. My old 2001 Impreza 2.5RS was even easier than the 2010 2.5i Outback. The only major difference is the location of the filter. The 2010 OB has the filter between the exhaust pipes so it gets pretty hot. So I highly suggest not warming up the car too long or you will burn! Actually don't even warm it up, just move the car from one side of the garage to the other and you should be good.

You don't even need to jack up the OB and it took me about 30mins. I highly suggest buying OEM filters and replacing the crush washer everytime. Oil filter wrench is great to have and highly recommended. Just find the one that fits the subie filter, I found mine at Orielly's.

You don't really need that fumoto valve to be honest. I had it on my old Impreza, but on the OB, the oil pan drain plug is facing pretty much straight down, so draining is not much of a problem. I just bought a set of oem filters with the crush washers included for a really great deal (ebay), and I'm good for at least 10 oils changes. Also, I'm using full synthetic as well so I go about 5-7K miles per oil change.

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