The Subaru BRZ is a compact sports coupe which has been engineered to be a stunningly stylish model with powerful performance capabilities. It is popular amongst the Australian public due to its’ reliability and affordability, as well as its’ generous fuel consumption.
A cornerstone of DIY car maintenance is learning how to change your own oil at home. This blog acts as a guide to changing the oil on your Subaru BRZ. Oil changing is a simple process, which requires very few tools and can save you money in the long term if it is done correctly.
How much oil does a Subaru BRZ take?
The Japanese brand states that the Subaru BRZ model has the capacity to take 5.8 quarts of oil.
It is worth noting that it may not always take this much, so the best course of action would be to fill your car to around 5 quarts and check the oil level first. Then you can top things off if more is needed. Make sure that you always put the oil cap back on correctly before you start your engine and make sure that the oil light turns off.
When should I get my first oil change with my Subaru BRZ?
Regardless of your make of car, you should use 3,000 miles as your rule of thumb. In car engine oil terms, 3,000 miles equates to changing oil every three months.
Is it OK to change oil once a year?
If you choose to only change oil once a year, moisture and other contaminants can build up and this will degrade the quality of the oil in your car over time.
The quality of your oil can also be degraded by seasonal changes, such as colder weather fronts once winter starts and frequent shorter trips.
So, it is typically recommended to drivers that they change their oil every three months, but definitely never go more than a year without changing their oil.
Steps in changing the oil for Subaru BRZ
- Raise the front of the car using ramps, lift, or a jack and jack stands.
- Drain the oil by placing a drain pan under the oil drain. While the oil is draining, remove the oil filter.
- Install a new oil filter by re-lubricating the new oil filter’s by spreading new engine oil onto the rubber O ring.
- Screw the new filter on tight.
- Install and tighten the oil drain plug
- Install a new crush washer and screw the drain plug back on and tighten.
- Pull your drain pan out from under the car.
- Refill with oil, using a funnel to pour. Check the drain plug for any leaks.
- Lower the car to the ground to level the car for accurate dipstick readings, and pour in the remaining oil.
- Reinstall the oil fill cap.
- Start the car. Watch the oil pressure warning light and listen for any sounds which may be unusual.
- Check for leaks, and then you are all done!