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Old 03-18-2010, 01:59 PM   #1
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Sitting here at Mr Lube and they are saying they can't do a trans flush. I have to take it o Subaru for their special brand of ATF. Sounds kinda wierd to me. Has anyone run into this? If so what is so special about Subaru ATF? I have had my trans oil done in my manual wrx at a lube place.
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:34 PM   #2
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Most will not recommend a trans flush, just a simple drain and refill.

I have not had a auto subaru in awhile so can not recommend a good fluid. What I can recommend is not have a place called mr lube change any fluids on my car.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:28 PM   #3
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I know that most car manufacters recommend a certain brand of ATF for their transmissions, however it's not like your transmission is going to blow up if you use a different brand. It's up to you. If the ATF was not way more expensive than another brand I would probably use what is suggested, but if it costs way more I would probably use a different kind after I checked if it really mattered.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:22 PM   #4
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^that is not true, it can cause damage such as slipping during gear changes.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:38 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input guys. What i was driving at, is this is another way to MAKE you take your car to the dealership for service, (Like VW not having an ATF dipstick and making it so the car has to be on a hoist to even check it) Piker you'll have to pardon me if I don't believe that it takes a journeyman or a factory certified tech to pull a plug put it back in and fill er up with oil. And change the filter of course. I am a certified Harley mechanic and they do the same thing. They add Pot Ash to there oil, it has a very minimal impact and all it does is actually make the oil foam more than Amsoil or the other competitors.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:28 PM   #6
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What I can recommend is not have a place called mr lube change any fluids on my car.
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How many miles do you have on an 09?
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:31 PM   #7
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I am not sure what you are getting at with your comment. The reason I stated I would not take my car to these sort of places is because they really do not take their time and care about their job. With the price of each service, and the cost to run the business they have to have a high turnaround to be able to make money. So that means they need to move cars in and out at a fast pace sometimes not giving the attention the car deserves, such as letting all the oil or trans fluid drain out.

My comment was not that you need a certified tech to do this job, but it is a simple enough job and a important one that maybe you should give it a swing yourself. I never stated that you did not know anything about cars, just trying to help a guy out.
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^that is not true, it can cause damage such as slipping during gear changes.
you can use any dexronIII rated ATF fluid.
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Old 03-19-2010, 03:57 PM   #9
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I once had Mavis drain my transmission fluid out during an oil change then top off the 4 quarts of oil with an additional 4 quarts! Good thing it was realized before I left because that would have been a disaster. They then ordered some DEX3 from the local auto store but I didn't like that idea and had them reimburse me for a full flush (which was 160 bucks). I'm not sure on the real specifics and whether it matters in the end but with such a new car, I'd go with what is recommended.
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Old 03-19-2010, 04:47 PM   #10
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1. You can use any DexIII fluid. That's the only requirement set by Subaru. They recommend theirs of course for maximum life.

2. They have not approved any flushing machine except one exact model because it does things a certain way. I don't remember the specifics though.
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