changing oil on 98 forester and...

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by glasceus, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. glasceus

    glasceus Guest

    i read somewhere in the manual or on a message board that the 98
    forester engine needs to have a specific amount of oil in it or it will
    have problems. namely if it has too much it will go bad. my question
    is, should i take the forester to my local mechanic to get the oil
    changed or should i go to the subaru dealer? any thoughts or past
    problems with oil changes?

    and i also just bought this 98 forester with 130k miles from a used car
    dealer, i have no records of service on the car. the car is running
    fine and all the fluids look good. should i get it fully tuned up and
    get the timing belt changed? is there a way to tell if the timing belt
    has been changed recently or how long its been in there? thanks
    glasceus, Jan 18, 2006
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  2. glasceus

    Edward Hayes Guest

    Nothing special about the amount of oil. Like ALL internal combustion
    engines there is a maximum and minimum level for safe operation.
    Anyone with any mechanical ability should be able to change your oil.
    As to the timing belt!!! The change interval is 105,000 miles and it
    is an interference engine. If your belt breaks it will cause much
    engine damage. If you can't find any references as to weather the belt
    has been changed then I would change it. You can go to
    with the VIN number and see if any dealer has changed it as it will be
    on record I believe. Good driving. Ed
    Edward Hayes, Jan 18, 2006
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    Bugalugs Guest

    Local mechanic's practice has been to use a sharp instrument
    (screwdriver?) to scratch on the plastic belt shroud just below the oil
    filler, the milage and date that the belt was changed.
    Bugalugs, Jan 18, 2006
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