Join Date: Apr 2015
Car: 2015 Outback 2.5i premium
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Just did the first oil change for the 15 outback 2.5i, it is around 1100 miles now. At the same time, also did the 19mm sway bar. I have to say, the sway bar replacement is ok without jack up the car, and even as slow as me, I finished it under 45 minutes, including lost one of the 14mm nuts and search all over to locate it.
But, for the oil change, a ramp is definitely needed if you want to have some working space. The 15's engine under cover is a whole piece instead of 2 pieces from the legacy (at least for the 2009-2014 legacy), although the oil drain plug area has a hole cut out, but I have to say, I prefer a two piece design. It took me almost two hours to finish.
Mistake: the drain pan is not big enough, so when the drain plug first got loose, I got quite some oil spill around the pan, and spend quite some time to clean it up, including the ramp, the stool and the garage floor, next time I will definitely remember to put some newspaper around, or cut out a large trash bag.
The original plug came loose very easy, I used the torque wrench, but the setting is only 12lb.ft, and the plug got loose! So when I try to put the fumoto drain valve on, although I set the wrench at 31lb.ft, I didn't wait for the click sound of the wrench, I 'm afraid to over tighten the valve.
The filter came off is easy, I used the craftman's universal filter wrench, and I will try to use the garden rubber glove next time when put the new filter on.
It seems 5qt is enough, although the spec says 5.1.