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Old 01-03-2002, 12:04 AM   #1
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Question Rear diff. fluid change w/ Primitive Skid Plate

I have a primitive rear skid plate for my MY00 RS. Anyone else have this on their car and done a fluid change? Will I need to put it on and then remove it when it comes time to change oil or do the holes match up evenly?

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Old 01-03-2002, 01:58 AM   #2
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Dunno about the RS plate, but the WRX one has a big oblong hole that provides access to both plugs... HOWEVER, there is still space between the diff and the plate, so you will probably drain some fluid into the protector, so you might want to take it off.

If you don't care about that sorta thang, then don't worry about it
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Old 01-03-2002, 02:44 AM   #3
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You could always get a tube and a pump, and suck most of the fluid out the top hole, then pop the bottom open and suck the rest out. If you use that method, it might be best to drive the back up on ramps so the drain holes are at the high end. Otherwise, expect to have a puddle of gear oil in the diff protector.
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Old 01-03-2002, 11:20 PM   #4
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The RS skid plate also has an oblong hole for both plugs. I was actually going to jack up the front so it will drain out better and not get all in the skid plate, then fill it up using a baster type thing. I'll tell you how it goes
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The earlier RS plate just had two holes. The new style is much better!

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Old 01-09-2002, 03:43 PM   #6
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when i did mine i took it off. i didn't wan to mess with dripping gear oil all over. if took a extra 15min. but no dripps. i also jacked the car up fromn the front to drain all i could. enjoy...matt
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I took a piece of cardboard and used it as a deflector. I did get some on the skidplate though. Tha's what drain holes are for, right?
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There aren't any bottom drain holes on the WRX diff plate ;(
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I would suggest getting a piece of plastic or cardboard to direct the oil flow over the lip of the rear diff protector.

You will get oil in the plate, and it will go drip drip drip for awhile while driving. You can remedy this by driving like a maniac and slinging out all the gear oil that was left in the skid plate.
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