Oil & Fluids


Subaru Oil Changes in Kenosha, WI

Keep your Subaru Outback, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, or Crosstrek running reliably, smoothly, and efficiently with a routine oil change at Zeigler Subaru of Kenosha. Our Factory Trained Teams have received hands-on training from highly skilled and experienced Subaru technical instructors. Our service technicians know your vehicle's recommended oil change service and maintenance schedule and are equipped with the specialized tools and knowledge to keep your Subaru running smoothly for miles to come.

Learn more about the importance of regular oil changes along with the type of oil your Subaru needs and how often it needs it. Browse our Service Menu and schedule a service appointment today. No matter the maintenance or repairs your Subaru needs, Zeigler Subaru of Kenosha is here for you. In addition to competitive pricing, we also offer Service & Parts Financing so you can get the service your Subaru needs today.


Why Oil Changes are Important For Your Subaru

Checking your oil level is simple and can be done from just about any flat surface. Regular checks can alert you of any possible leaks or issues if your oil is draining too quickly. To get the most accurate dipstick reading possibly, follow the steps in order below or watch our video on checking your oil levels:

How to Check Oil Levels

Don't wait, avoid costly repairs and unnecessary issues by checking your oil levels regularly to help maintain a reliable, safe, and efficient ride. 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.

Getting an accurate reading is easy, follow the simple steps below to ensure you get an accurate dipstick reading.

  • Make sure the oil is warm, too hot is dangerous & too cold is inaccurate
  • Ensure your Subaru is parked and on level ground
  • Review your Subaru's Owner Manual for proper procedure & oil location
  • Once dipstick is found, remove & wipe down
  • Reinsert to get an accurate reading

Months or Miles? When To Change Your Oil

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 six days a week with Factory Trained Teams who work on Subaru vehicles every day.

Subaru recommends using the service interval length that best suits how often you drive your vehicle. When your Subaru was built, our engineers established oil change service intervals depending on two factors - months passed or miles driven - whichever comes first.  So which one is best for you?

Months Intervals:

Best suited for those Subaru owners who don't drive their vehicles that often, fluids can wear and/or lose their protective capabilities over time.

The recommended Months Interval for Subaru oil changes is every 6 months.

Mileage Intervals:

Best suited for those Subaru owners who frequently drive their vehicles and/or take long road trips as fluids can wear and/or lose their protective capabilities during vehicle use on the road.

The recommended mileage interval for Subaru oil changes is every 6,000 miles.

What Oil Does Subaru Recommend?

Benefits of Synthetic Oil

Subaru recommends 0W-20 Synthetic Oil on all newer makes, this is a synthetic oil that offers more evenly distributed oil and additives to better lubricate your Subaru's engine. Synthetic oil should be changed out every 7,500 miles to ensure clean oil and optimal lubrication. Synthetic Oil benefits include:

  • Uniform molecular size means less friction
  • Refinement and engineering reduce deposits
  • Additives boost protection and can clean engines
  • Better function in cold and extreme weather
  • Cleaner oil with fewer impurities

This is why Subaru decided to make their own 0W-20 Synthetic Oil specifically designed for your Subaru car or SUV.

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 Subaru Genuine 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

Why Service at Zeigler Subaru of Kenosha?

We offer the expert care your Subaru deserves, you'll receive the expertise of our Factory Trained Teams, who have been trained by the most advanced Subaru technical instructors. They are equipped with Specialized Tools to help ensure accurate diagnosis and repair and use Genuine Subaru Parts for trusted performance. The benefits of specialized technicians and genuine Subaru parts, plus competitive pricing is what elevates Zeigler Subaru of Kenosha above Jiffy Lube and other quick lube competitors.

Every service also comes with a free Multi-Point Inspection to help keep your vehicle's safety and quality in check. Not everyone goes to these lengths. For us, it's the Subaru way.

Zeigler Subaru of Kenosha Service Amenities

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

  • All New Facility
  • Complimentary premium coffee bar
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi & TV
  • Dog friendly
  • 24/7 Online Scheduling
  • Complimentary car wash with every service
  • Loaner car available with qualifying service

Oil Change FAQs

Regular oil changes will assist with preventing dirt from building up in the engine and keep moving components operating smoothly for ideal performance and fuel efficiency.

Synthetic oil is a lubricant that consists of artificially made chemical compounds.

Checking your Subaru oil regularly will assist with determining if you need an oil change, but generally consulting your owner’s manual for service recommendations will be a great first step to keep your Subaru running like new. Here are some signs to look for regarding oil changing warning signs:

  • The oil is black and gritty
  • The engine runs loudly
  • You can’t recall the last time your Subaru had an oil change
  • Low oil level
  • The oil check engine light comes on

If your Subaru is a 2011 or newer Forester, a 2012 or newer Impreza, or a 2012 or newer Outback, Legacy, Crosstrek, BRZ, or Ascent it is required to use synthetic oil.

Oil changes are one of the most important services needed to help ensure performance, fuel economy, and longevity. Most Subaru vehicles on the road today should have an oil change performed every 6 months or 6,000 miles – whichever comes first. So, depending on how you use your vehicle, Subaru recommends that:

Engine oil should be changed every 6 months, even when you aren’t driving your vehicle that often, since the oil chemically breaks down, affecting its lubrication and cleaning abilities over time.


Engine oil should be changed every 6,000 miles when you drive your Subaru frequently since the oil eventually wears out and becomes less effective due to heat and friction caused during engine operation.

As always, refer to your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for more information about engine oil, or you can contact the expert Factory Trained Teams at your local Subaru retailer for any questions you may have.

It is time to check your oil and take your car in for an oil change.

Yes, to keep optimum performance a new air filter is recommended to be changed with every oil change.

Our skilled team will empty out the dirty oil and refill it with high-quality, fresh engine oil so that your vehicle has enough lubrication to perform at its best.