Subaru Oil Change Information: When, Where, What, and How?

Your Subaru's BOXER engine is one of the most advanced pieces of equipment for the modern car, built to work cleanly and efficiently, to stay balanced and smooth, and even to keep you safe. Your BOXER engine does a lot for you--and you can return the favor by keeping up with routine engine maintenance including the ever-important oil changes.

Getting your oil changed is more than just an inconvenience that pops up on your schedule every few months. An oil change makes sure that old, dirty oil is removed along with any other silt or debris in the system, it helps maintain temperature regulation abilities, and it can significantly extend the life of your engine.

Are you due for a Subaru oil change, brake inspection or tire change? Schedule yours ASAP today at Hendrick Subaru, your greater Birmingham Subaru service center.

Must-Know Oil Change Info

While you can get away with only knowing that you need to drop your Subaru off for an oil change when the little sticker on your windshield says so, it can be helpful to know more about oil changes.

Oil Change Intervals

Specific oil change schedules can vary drastically vehicle to vehicle based on location and environment, driving style and commute, age of the vehicle, and by make/model/engine type. However, for most recent-model-year Subaru models, your recommended oil change service interval is every 6 months or every 5,000 - 7,500 miles, whichever comes first. If you have an older/high-mileage car, or you drive a different make, we can help you find the right maintenance interval for your situation.

Subaru Engine Oils

Not all engine oils are created equal. Using the best oil formula for your Subaru Forester, Impreza, Crosstrek, Legacy, Outback, Ascent, or WRX plays a big part in the longtime care of your vehicle. We carry Subaru-approved oils for all models and engine types.

Oil Change Equipment and Replacement Parts

Similar to above, it's important to use manufacturer-approved parts when you change your oil--whether you're doing it yourself or you go to the professionals--to make sure that you're giving your vehicle the best. From filters and funnels to drain pans and gloves, we carry the oil change supplies you need for DIY.

Scheduling a Subaru Oil Change in the Birmingham Area

Schedule your Subaru's oil change at Hendrick Subaru to stay on top of your regular maintenance. We work with cars of every make, age, color, fuel/powertrain type, both domestic and import. Our expert team makes it easy to keep your vehicle looking and feeling great.

The Genuine Subaru Oil difference.

Engine designs vary from one automotive manufacturer to another, each creating different internal conditions that require the right type of oil to protect against heat and friction. This is why we recommend filling up with Genuine Subaru Oil, because it’s the ONLY oil formulated specifically for your SUBARU BOXER® engine.

Why choose Genuine Subaru Oil?

  • Engineered to clean and protect internal engine components between oil changes better than most leading aftermarket brands*
  • Formulated with a unique blend of additives, detergents, and modifiers specific for the lubrication needs of the SUBARU BOXER® engine
  • Reduces wear and cleans internal components to maximize engine life and maintain optimal fuel economy
  • Each batch is lab-tested over 10 different ways to help ensure consistent quality

*Based on a 2017 independent study conducted by Idemitsu Lubricants America comparing engine protection results between 0W-20 Genuine Subaru Oil and leading aftermarket 0W-20 synthetic oil brands.

Stick to your oil change intervals.

When it’s time, an oil change is something you shouldn’t put off doing. That’s why our Service Center is conveniently open for you with Factory Trained Teams who work on Subaru vehicles every day.

See when your Subaru should have its oil changed by using the Maintenance Schedule Lookup tool below.*

Checking your oil level.

Subaru recommends that you check the oil level on your dipstick at every other fuel stop. Depending on your driving style and other conditions, your engine may consume oil more frequently between oil changes. It’s good practice to check the level regularly to help ensure your Subaru continues performing safely. It’s easy and anyone can do it. Here’s how:

Ever wonder what’s under those yellow caps?

Your Subaru uses different fluids to help support and protect its various systems. Our Factory Trained Teams inspect them each time you visit us for service during the Free Multi-Point Inspection. It also helps to keep an eye on these fluid levels yourself from time to time. It’s simple – just open your hood and look for the yellow caps. Check out the videos below to learn more. And for detailed instructions, refer to your Owner’s Manual.

Service Center Hours

  • Monday 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday Closed

Service Amenities

Not only do we provide expert Subaru care, we are proud to offer these added benefits that make us different than the rest:

  • Brand-new state-of-the-art facility
  • Wi-Fi lounge with gourmet coffee, tea, and snacks
  • Fully certified Subaru staff
  • 24/7 online scheduling
  • Pet-Friendly Dealership


Hendrick Subaru

2929 John Hawkins Parkway Directions Hoover, AL 35244

  • Service: 659-250-0477
  1. Hendrick Subaru

    2929 John Hawkins Parkway
    Hoover, AL 35244

    • Sales: 659-250-0477
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*Subaru of America, Inc. recommends using Genuine Subaru Oil or its equivalent. Please refer to your Owner’s Manual for detailed information and severe driving condition recommendations.