Subaru oil information and tips from Carlsen Subaru Serving Redwood City, CA

Subaru Engine Oil Information & Frequently Asked Questions from Carlsen Subaru Serving San Francisco, CA

Regular oil changes with the proper engine oil for your Subaru model is important for maintaining the long and reliable life your Subaru was engineered for. The Subaru BOXER engine is unlike anything else on the road and keeping up with proper lubrication is key. We understand that you may have some questions about the oil in your Subaru, so take a look at the following frequently asked questions and answers about Subaru engine oil. If you don't see your question here, give us a call or stop by our service center at Carlsen Subaru for more information.

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Does a Subaru Need Synthetic Engine Oil?

Most Subaru BOXER engines do require that you use synthetic oil to properly lubricate and protect the many intricate components. If your Subaru model has a six-cylinder BOXER engine, you may be OK with conventional oil, but we recommend checking with our knowledgeable service advisers to be certain. You can also find engine oil information in the owner's manual for your specific Subaru model.

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What's the Difference Between Synthetic & Conventional Motor Oil?

Modern technology has come a long way, and that includes oil for automotive engines. Where motor oil has traditionally been refined from crude oil found in the ground, today's technology has allowed for the creation of a synthetic oil that combines the conventional oil with man-made compounds that vastly improve performance. Synthetic oil will flow more freely when cold, lubricate better when hot, and wear down at a much slower rate. This means you won't have to get as many oil changes if you use synthetic oil. Additionally, most Subaru BOXER engines require the use of synthetic oil for proper operation.

How Often Should I Change the Oil in My Subaru?

Different models and driving demands may mean that the best oil change for your Subaru is different, however general guidelines can be found in your Subaru owner's manual. You can also find information in our Subaru Schedule Lookup. The general rule for changing the oil in your Subaru BOXER engine is about every 6,000 miles. However, if you use conventional oil in an older Subaru model or a six-cylinder BOXER engine, you'll likely want to stick with the classic rule of changing your oil every 3,000 miles.

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Find Expert Subaru Service & So Much More at Carlsen Subaru Serving Oakland, CA

We're proud to have a wide selection of all the latest Subaru models available at Carlsen Subaru, and when it comes to taking care of your Subaru, no one is better than the factory-trained technicians in our service department. You'll appreciate the savings that come with our frequently updated service specials, and service information pages like these help you get a better idea of what to expect. We'll only care for your Subaru with genuine OEM parts, fluids, and filters which are conveniently available in our parts department if you prefer to do it yourself. We make things as easy as possible with Saturday service appointments, and scheduling your next Subaru service is easy online. We're conveniently located at 480 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063 near San Mateo and worth the drive from Fremont, CA at Carlsen Subaru.

Carlsen Subaru

480 Veterans Blvd
Directions Redwood City, CA 94063

  • Sales: 650-365-6390
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  • Parts: 650-365-6390


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  • Saturday 10:00am - 06:00pm
  • Sunday 11:00am - 05:00pm
  1. Carlsen Subaru

    480 Veterans Blvd
    Redwood City, CA 94063

    • Sales: (888) 520-5916