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Old 12-16-2008, 04:50 PM   #1
kimguroo
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finally, my 03 baja needs to do 60k service(actually it's 64000).

my local dealer charge about $900 plus tax even if I have $1100 subaru bucks, I prefer to save it for parts or new car down payment in the future.
I checked owner's manual I don't see any significant service so I try to do some easy stuffs myself then I will bring my car to local auto shop.

I've already changed
1. New brake pad/Rotor/brake fluid (Got the rotor and brake padsaid less than $190 shipped at ebay and used motul brake fluid. I think much better performance than stock brake).
2. Oil change and filter
3. Air filter
4. tire rotation.

Plan to do at local shop.
the mechanic allow to bring my own parts and actually, He prefer it because He does not need to give warranties for parts.

1. Coolant change
Do I need to have a power flush service or just drain and refill the coolant.
I thought I need one subaru coolant fluid but It seems like I need 2 coolant fluids. Also what is subaru coolant conditioner? do I need it also?

2. Auto Transmission fluid.
Do I need to drain transmission fluid if so How much transmission fluid do I need. I only bought 4 from dealer (I guess I need to have more).

3. fuel filter
4. Spark plug and wire.

maybe radiator hose because I see very tiny coolant leak. nothing big. just drop of coolant fluid.

What else do I need?
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Old 12-16-2008, 05:20 PM   #2
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maybe radiator hose because I see very tiny coolant leak. nothing big. just drop of coolant fluid.

What else do I need?
Yooper Baja had a small coolant leak too.... ask him how that went.
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Old 12-16-2008, 05:56 PM   #3
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I work at a dealer in pa. The trans and coolant flush can be done anywhere. (you should do them both IMO)It'll be cheaper by a lot. lol
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Old 12-19-2008, 01:06 AM   #4
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I reccomend that you do it yourself. When I had my Baja, I just used a turkey baster and sucked all the old stuff out
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:23 AM   #5
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I changed out my coolant by myself last year @ 115k miles. It's not hard to do at all, although it can get a little messy.

Now my tranny fluid I've not done and sofar as I know, it's the original factory fluid. 125k miles on it now. It doesn't smell burnt, very light reddish color.

My question is - if it looks okay and smells okay does it really need to be changed out?
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:58 AM   #6
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I changed out my coolant by myself last year @ 115k miles. It's not hard to do at all, although it can get a little messy.

My question is - if it looks okay and smells okay does it really need to be changed out?
Newb Note(for those that don't know) - when draining and refilling the coolant, make sure to follow the 'burp' procedures to get the air bubbles out. Searcing on here for 'coolant burp' should give you the right procedure.

It does no harm to change the trans fluid. Is it worth risking to save a few bucks?

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Old 12-19-2008, 10:34 AM   #7
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I changed out my coolant by myself last year @ 115k miles. It's not hard to do at all, although it can get a little messy.

Now my tranny fluid I've not done and sofar as I know, it's the original factory fluid. 125k miles on it now. It doesn't smell burnt, very light reddish color.

My question is - if it looks okay and smells okay does it really need to be changed out?
I went to local shop and performed several services.
actually, I had a same question whether I should change transmission oil or not. my transmission oil looks clean and did not smell.

when my mechanic removed a transmission oil pan (it's tough to remove it tough because of the thick fuji 3 bond), he showed me why he removed the pan. there was thick dirt on bottom of pan. I guess it's metal shavings.

I plan to drive my baja at least 5 more years unless subaru makes baja II which I am hoping for so I think spending $80 is worth the money.

he gave me many tips how to do DIY maintenance so next time, I will do it myself.
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Old 12-19-2008, 01:30 PM   #8
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I make dozens of short trips a day with my Baja, (service calls), this is clasified as severe use, so I did all the recommended service procedures at 60,000 miles myself. A few special tools make it a lot easier. Specifically (a hand held vacuum system to change the brake and clutch system fluid, a 70 star bit for draining the tranny fluid) I have never had any problem with coolant changes ie. bubbles etc. I would use the coolant additive as a precaution though. I have found that most of these services are not bad if you have the tools , and a dry place to do them, as well as allowing yourself time, because it will take longer unless you are a full time mechanic. This also gives you the oppertunity to inspect the undercarridge for excessive rust, torn CV boots, etc.

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