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Old 08-04-2013, 04:02 AM   #1
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Default just performed my first routine maintenance

Ok guys, after a month with my 2005 wrx wagon (56xxx miles)I just did my first oil/oil filter change, a/c and alternator belt change and swapped out the a/c tensioner wheel and backing ring. I used T6 rotella oil with a wix filter, gates belts, and new oem tensioner wheel. Took me a while longer than any other car i have ever worked on but pretty straight forward. Any advice on torque specs for the nuts involved is appreciated as well as any other advice. I noted the passenger front cv boots need replacing as one is torn and the other is halfway there. I bought oem boots and a mechanic at work will be doi g the work considering i am pulling 250 hour work months. Car is running smooth other than a slight vibration past 80 mph. Other than that this car will remain completely stock considering i will own it for the next six years minimum. Any input from previous experience on what to do around this mileage will be appreciated. Thanks in advance for any replies.
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:24 AM   #2
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2006 WRX Wagon


Keep an eye on:
- look for slow leaks.
- I'm assuming the 05 has plastic top tanks and a metal core like the 06. Eventually this will fail. What do you want to replace it with? Stock? All metal core?

Power steering pump
- look behind and around it for leaks and it may start acting up at some point.
- here's a good thread to read for rebuild or replacement. Remanufactured units from the likes of auto stores have a bad track record.

typical maintenance stuff... Brakes, wheel bearings, tires whenever they wear out (your car might still be on the factory tires. I know I got over 60k on mine.)

If you haven't already, go to my.subaru.com and check the 60k service items and start planning for that work and parts. Also the e-stores through this portal have good web purchase prices on OEM parts (typically like 25% less than MSRP).

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Old 08-04-2013, 03:35 PM   #3
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The previous owner never drove the car much and he babied the hell out of it. He didn't want to sell it but the car was not being used much for the past 3-4 years. So I guess I will get up to date with maintenance and tackle the CV boots on my own.

Any San Antonio guys out there that like to get together and work on cars, share advice, etc?
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:44 AM   #4
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Any DIY mods recommended to get the most out of my engine and tranny? I have been driving 55-60 mph just to make sure this engine is going to last me forever.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:44 AM   #5
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If you haven't done the trans, coolant and diffy fluids and brake flush I would highly recommend it.

Fluids we recommend?

OEM Subaru Long Life Coolant
Motul Gear 300 or Amsoil Severe Gear for Trans/Diffy
Motul RBF600 or ATE Superblue for brake fluid

On the axles if they've been torn for any significant time, I would just replace the whole axle/cv as the internals have probably been compromised.

We can ship you all the fluids you need as well...

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