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Old 02-10-2019, 08:53 AM   #11
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Some Subaru engines have the oil filter mounted right on top of the engine. Makes it super-simple to change, although you do get some spillage when removing. But usually most has drained out. Click image for larger version

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Old 02-10-2019, 08:07 PM   #12
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Yup, punch a hole in the bottom. Make a path for the oil to drain with a piece of folded cardboard.
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:32 PM   #13
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Had a 5.8 for years, and as you do it you learn and it isn't difficult. I do a couple things for the filter. First don't overtighten. You should be able to remove it by hand. Second use a "funnel/curved piece of newspaper under the filter to cause the oil to drain forward into your oil catchment pan. Loosen the filter and let it drain down then remove the filter, throw the newspaper out, and use rubber gloves. Pretty tidy and easy when you do it a few times....
I change oil a bit more frequently if doing lots of miles in town or woods, so got a fair amount of practice. You are carrying a lot of infrastructure to care for that 5.8 and it will go 300K+. Bomber engine.....
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Old 02-14-2019, 04:37 PM   #14
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After many decades of getting dirty changing oil in all sort of vehicles, I finally wised up and change the filter first. I just let it fall into an EMPTY drain pan, install the new filter then drain the oil out of the engine. A lot less mess to deal with.
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