OIL CHANGES AND SKID PLATES

19,815

Asked by Jul 31, 2015 at 02:31 AM about the 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

How much extra does it cost you to get your oil changed when you have to have your
front skid plates removed and re-installed.   Plus, are you concerned about stripped
threads with the frequency of oil changes over the years.

5 Answers

15

Depends on where you're having the work done. Shouldn't cost extra if it's part of standard procedure for you're car. But, yea, I'd be worried about stripping out the skid plate screws/bolts after so many changes. These screws/bolts are typically made from cheaper metal, so they do not hold up well to corrosion and multiple changes. Perhaps consider getting some hardened screws/bolts from your local hardware store to replace the stock ones in your skid plate.

19,815

According to Primitive Racing, who makes these special after market items for extra under carriage protection, I can as an option order the plates with a 4 inch access hole to have the oil changed without removing the entire plate. The only downside is that it leaves a 4 inch hole for debris. But, it's certainly more protection than the standard plastic shroud that comes with the car. What do you think about that? Only costs a small amount extra for the access and a fumoto valve. See this link to Primitive Racing products, http://get-primitive.com/

15

I would go with the after market plate if the price is realistic. I think it would save a lot of grumbling in the future when doing oil changes, and I wouldn't worry too much about the potential for debris access unless you're planning on doing some serious off-roading. If the potential for debris is still a concern, maybe consider engineering some sort of temporary plug for the new plates (or see if they sell some sort of plastic clip-in plug) if/when you know you'll be going off-road - just brainstorming. Either way, good luck.

19,815

Thanks, so, you would get the plates with the access panel?

19,815

I really don't go "off roading" with my car or if I go down dirt or gravel roads, I take it slow. However, I went down this one road in Sequoia that was not maintained and it had some very deep depressions and holes, part of the road was washed away. Lots of up and down motion in the car, never hit bottom. I guess it would be more for the peace of mind in not having to worry about this if I decided I wanted to jump off the pavement onto a dirt road to explore.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • OIL CHANGES AND SKID PLATES 5 answers

    How much extra does it cost you to get your oil changed when you have to have your front skid plates removed and re-installed. Plus, are you concerned about stripped threads with the frequency of ...

    2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Oil Change and Tire Rotation Interval? 3 answers

    Okay...the owner's manual says to change the oil and rotate the tires every 7500 miles unless your in extreme conditions. I'm in the Albany, NY area (I won't classify the area as extreme cold weather)...

    2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Wagon

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • What are the benefits, if any, of using Lucas Heavy Duty Oil Stabilizer and Liqui Moly Motor Oil Saver? 8 answers

    My mechanic also used synthetic oil which caused the car to burn it off quickly and I had to go for another oil change to get conventional put in. Now seems to be running fine but he texted me about t...

    2003 Subaru Outback Base Wagon

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • oil low 2 answers

    just put 2650 mi on new outback, already 1/2 qt. low. Is that normal for a new car/break in period? I did 2 long trips on interstate, speeds of 75 avg. Temps on interstates was hot, 90s,also around...

    2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Burning Oil, Blown Head Gasket, Front drive shaft boots 15 answers

    My car was burning oil (~qt per 1000 miles). Also it showed the symptoms of a blown head gasket (temperature spike, relieved by revving engine and/or putting heater on). There is oil all over each si...

    2003 Subaru Outback Sport

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Outback

Looking for a Used Outback in your area?

CarGurus has 42,344 nationwide Outback listings starting at $1,100.

ZIP:

Search Subaru Outback Questions

Subaru Outback Experts

#1 Markw1952
Markw1952
Reputation 7,000
#2 TheSubaruGuruBoston
TheSubaruGuruBoston
Reputation 2,200
#3 F_O_R
F_O_R
Reputation 1,840
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Forester
415 Great Deals out of 29,337 listings starting at $995
Used Subaru Impreza
202 Great Deals out of 19,385 listings starting at $1,995
Used Subaru Legacy
224 Great Deals out of 14,431 listings starting at $999
Used Honda CR-V
922 Great Deals out of 59,302 listings starting at $1,990
Used Toyota RAV4
890 Great Deals out of 67,248 listings starting at $1,990
Used Toyota 4Runner
259 Great Deals out of 19,034 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota Highlander
361 Great Deals out of 26,016 listings starting at $2,800
Used Toyota Tacoma
472 Great Deals out of 41,615 listings starting at $1,995
Used Honda Accord
941 Great Deals out of 77,703 listings starting at $899
Used Ford Escape
1,421 Great Deals out of 90,829 listings starting at $900
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,014 Great Deals out of 72,235 listings starting at $700
Used Toyota Camry
1,098 Great Deals out of 90,895 listings starting at $1,599
Used Honda Pilot
391 Great Deals out of 22,287 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited For Sale
22 Great Deals out of 13,199 listings starting at $25,787
2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited For Sale
26 Great Deals out of 407 listings starting at $18,913
2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 576 listings starting at $15,990
2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited For Sale
21 Great Deals out of 478 listings starting at $11,999
2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 334 listings starting at $8,950

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.