Oil & Fluids

It's not Magic. It's Just Maintenance

You may have opened up your vehicle's hood and noticed some yellow caps. Underneath those yellow caps, you'll find multiple fluids that provide important functions for your Subaru. These fluids support a number of critical systems, and are key to your vehicle's overall performance.


When you visit our Subaru Service Center in Lee's Summit, factory trained technicians will inspect those fluids as part of a multi-point inspection. However, it's important for you to check them from time to time as well. Just look for the yellow caps under the hood. You can refer to your Owner's Manual for more detailed instructions.

Oil Changes and Levels

Routine oil changes are a great way to help keep your vehicle in peak condition and help ensure a longer life with less wear and tear. Whenever your vehicle is due for a routine oil change, don't put it off. Bring your car to our Service Center where factory trained and experienced technicians work with Subaru vehicles every day. You can trust that all work is done by a team of dedicated professionals, genuine Subaru parts will be used, and all work will be completed in a timely manner.


It is important to take a proactive approach in maintaining your vehicle, and Subaru recommends that you monitor oil levels at every second fuel stop. Certain driving styles may result in your engine using more oil than what is consumed between routine recommended oil changes. When you check your oil, if it is low, simply top it off to the recommended level. It's important to your vehicle's performance to check all fluids regularly, and top them off as needed. It's a simple process, and anyone can perform it. If you'd like more information, videos are available here demonstrating how to do this.

Choosing the Proper Oil and Frequency of Oil Changes

See the list below to determine how much oil is required for your Subaru, and how frequently you should change your oil. Just look for your vehicle's model year and name.

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 07:00am - 06:00pm
  • Tuesday 07:00am - 06:00pm
  • Wednesday 07:00am - 06:00pm
  • Thursday 07:00am - 06:00pm
  • Friday 07:00am - 06:00pm
  • Saturday 07:30am - 04:00pm
  • 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:

  • Subaru Stellar Care Award winner
  • Animal friendly
  • Child-friendly waiting area
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and refreshments
  • Gives back to the community
  • 24/7 online scheduling
  • Complimentary car wash with every service

Lee's Summit Subaru

2101 NE Independence Ave
Directions Lees Summit, MO 64064

  • Service: (816) 251-8650
  1. Lee's Summit Subaru

    2101 NE Independence Ave
    Lees Summit, MO 64064

    • Sales: (816) 251-8600
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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.
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