Subaru Oil Filter Buyer's Guide

If you’re a Subaru owner with questions about oil filters, this guide will help you. Here, you’ll find answers to all the questions you might have about Subaru oil filters.

You’ll learn:

  • What oil filters are
  • Why oil filters are important
  • How to know when to change the oil filter (and oil)
  • How to decide between an OEM and aftermarket oil filter

What Is An Oil Filter And Why Is It Important?

An oil filter is a part that looks like a soup can. Inside the oil filter is a pleated paper filter. An oil filter is necessary because your Subaru needs something to filter the oil as it cycles through the engine. As oil runs through the engine, it picks up a lot of dirt and debris the engine produces. The oil filter traps most of the dirt and debris in the oil. This helps to prevent the contaminants from causing engine wear.

This article offers a more thorough explanation of what an oil filter is and how it works.

How Do I Know When To Replace My Oil Filter?

New Subaru Oil Filter Being Changed

If you want to keep your engine in good shape, always know when to replace the oil filter. A good practice is to replace the oil filter every time you change the oil. If you're not sure when the oil was last changed, there is a way to make an educated guess about when to change it. And that is to check the condition of the oil on the dipstick. It will tell you everything about the state of the oil.

This tutorial will walk you through the process of checking the dipstick. You will also learn how to analyze the state of the oil.

Should I Get An OEM Or An Aftermarket Oil Filter?

If you can’t decide between an OEM and aftermarket oil filter, this comparison guide should help you.

The guide explores the most important features in an oil filter, which are:

  • Material quality
  • Fitment
  • Warranty

Spoiler: OEM oil filters come out on top in all three departments. A lot of Subaru owners shy away from OEM oil filers because they can be expensive. OEM oil filters don’t have to be expensive, actually. At, we offer wholesale pricing for all genuine OEM Subaru oil filters. Get yours today!