Whether you’re a proud new owner, a potential buyer, or need a quick refresher, this is how you can look after your XV’s engine. Owners of the XV will quickly attest that the car itself almost takes care of itself, but knowing the basics can go a long way with these compact SUVs.
What oil is best for Subaru XV?
When it comes to choosing the right oil, sometimes it helps to understand what different oil types mean and how they react under heat and pressure within your engine.
Essentially there are two types of oil: mineral and synthetic. The latter is a combination of oil and chemicals that improve the oil’s viscosity (basically how fluid it is). Synthetic oil has changed everything from how often we change our engine’s oil and how long our engine will last. Initially, it was developed for jet engines where high pressure and friction caused the oil to either burn up too fast or damage the engine from within. Synthetic oil keeps your engine safe by ensuring this doesn’t happen.
While your XV is not a Boeing-747, your Subaru will require synthetic oil. Subaru recommends OW-20 synthetic as the best choice because it improves fuel economy while maximising power. It may be more expensive, but synthetic oil is far better for your engine health, and over the long term will translate into huge savings.
How often you change the oil of Subaru XV
Owners of a Subaru XV will need to change their engine oil after the initial 3,000km, then at 7,500km thereafter. While this can be arranged and fit in with your regular service program, it’s good to keep tabs on when it was changed last. No matter how often you go for a service, having this information on hand is important, particularly if you move town or change your mechanic.
How to change the oil?
The process of changing your XV’s oil can easily be done from home, however, keep in mind you’ll need the right tools to get it done properly. A wrench with a 14mm socket, a car jack, a large funnel and bucket, paper towels, disposable gloves, 5 litres of new synthetic OW-20 oil, and depending on whether you want to maintain factory standards – a new oil filter.
- Jack up the car to access the oil outlet underneath.
- Open up the hood and remove the oil filler cap to allow the oil to drain smoothly.
- Ensure your bucket and funnel are set up ready directly underneath the oil outlet.
- Using the wrench open the bolt plug using a 14mm socket and allow the oil to drain out.
- Wipe around the outlet and secure the bolt tightly in place.
- Next, change the oil filter by unscrewing it and replacing it. Make sure you wipe around the filter with paper towels to ensure no residue oil or grit is left inside.
- Fill up the oil as per the amount specified in the owner’s manual. It should be around 5 litres.
- Check the oil level by examining the dipstick. You may have to add a bit extra to fill it.
- Start the car and check for potential leaks.
Subaru Brake fluid
Your XV will run best on genuine Subaru brake fluid, and while there are plenty of options on the market, this will always ensure your XV brake parts are properly cooled and maintained. Any reliable Subaru dealer will use Subaru brake fluid and changes should be made every 50,000km or at least every two years.
Servicing your XV
There’s no doubt the Subaru XV is one of the most reliable cars on the road. With a Horizontally-opposed Boxer 4-cylinder engine, this vehicle is made to be part of the family for years. The XV boasts an impressive on-road and off-road capability, exposing the engine to harsher conditions makes it all the more important to service regularly.
Know your driving habits as well as your mechanic
Building a relationship with your service centre or dealership can be beneficial as they’ll get to know you and your car. The XV does become part of the family. It’s important to treat it right. Being aware of how you use your car will also influence how frequently you check things like oil levels and tyre pressure. Long road trips are often a good excuse to get a quick service and lock in an oil change before you cruise off.
Should I choose Subaru specialists?
There is always a technical upside to visiting a Subaru specialist, as they will know more about your car than anyone else in the game. Having expert eyes on your car is always a good idea as this will ensure the best quality of attention and will look good on your service records if you want to upgrade down the track.