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Old 11-27-2008, 10:50 AM   #1
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my baby is about to hit 30k and i want to know if i have to do the 30k mainteanence right away or can i wait a thousand miles or so? i jsut changed my tranny fluid and oil and my coolent level is good so only thing really need to do is eventually change coolent, change brake fluid, and spark plugs, and inspect the belts

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Old 11-27-2008, 11:59 AM   #2
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The first line in ths FAQ has a link you should look at to see what needs to be done.
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:05 PM   #3
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IMHO, you can wait a 1,000 miles or so without issue.
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:25 PM   #4
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The first line in ths FAQ has a link you should look at to see what needs to be done.
i am aware of this and thank you but the question is not what needs to be done but if i can wait a little while after before doing it
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:37 PM   #5
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I agree, you could wait.

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Old 11-27-2008, 06:52 PM   #6
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i am aware of this and thank you but the question is not what needs to be done but if i can wait a little while after before doing it
So you are changing the park plugs at 30k?
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:13 PM   #7
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im doing everything at once but im going to wait a little to do them, its a money issue . but since i can wait a litle after im not in that much trouble i guess
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:49 PM   #8
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im doing everything at once but im going to wait a little to do them, its a money issue . but since i can wait a litle after im not in that much trouble i guess

I understand what you mean!! On my last Subie ,at the 30,000 mi. service interval, I could'nt cough up the $500-$600 for the complete service job. I did a little at a time and my dealership worked with me...after all their human too and understood. No, it did'nt effect my warranty(because I did'nt have everything done all at once)!
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:51 PM   #9
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a month or two this way or that isn't going to matter. How does the brake fluid look? Is it really dark? (if it is, that's due to moisture uptake (completely normal) and it should be changed - it's more corrosive when it's loaded up with water and can (will eventually...) damage the inside of the calipers and the surface of the pistons)

I thought the interval on plugs was longer than 30k. For the belts, inspecting is free, so have at it! Brake fluid and coolant shouldn't set you back much, either. (it's a good idea to have the coolant sorted out before winter, if you are going to be anyplace it gets cold)
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:06 PM   #10
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also wanted to make sure i get this right first time i am changing the brake fluid on a car. do i just bleed the whole system of fluid then reill it back up? also how much fluid do i need to refill it?
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:53 AM   #11
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the best way to go about doing the brake fluid is to either buy or find someone who has a pressure bleeder. With a pressure bleeder it makes the job much quicker (15-20min) and cleaner. Would rec. buying at least one large bottle of fluid but it wouldnt hurt to buy two to be safe. The second method you could use is what many dealers do. Use a battery filler/turkey bastor and suck the fluid from the resevoir and refill as needed. The last alternative would be to have a buddy help and do the trusted manual bleed.

As a dealer tech for some years i can tell you that you will more than likely be better off attempting to do most of the gravy work yourself. Not that all dealers are are ripoffs but many do charge more than they should. I have done all the fluids on my 06' 3 times already and i am just at 25k miles because i can purchase the needed fluids for less than $65 at my local parts store and do the work myself.
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also wanted to make sure i get this right first time i am changing the brake fluid on a car. do i just bleed the whole system of fluid then reill it back up? also how much fluid do i need to refill it?
Do not let the resevoir run dry - if you do, you will get air bubbles in the master cylinder which can be really hard to get rid of, sometimes requiring a bench bleed to get out.

Use a turkey baster or something like that and suck the old fluid out of the resevoir, then fill it up with fresh fluid. Next, bleed each wheel until clean fluid comes out (follow the recommended wheel pattern) - make sure you keep an eye on the resevoir and never let it go dry - just keep topping it off. A 1qt container should be plenty to flush the system.

pressure bleeders are nice, but certainly not a requirement (also - if you have a buddy/wife/so to work the pedal, doing it the old fasioned way is pretty quick as well - the time savings really isn't that big)
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