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Old 01-20-2004, 08:14 PM   #1
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Anyone know how to do this? I think it's time to replace my powersteering ATF with some synthetic since everything else is synthetic

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Old 01-21-2004, 01:16 PM   #2
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suck old fluid with a turkey bayster and refill with synthetic
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Old 01-21-2004, 01:49 PM   #3
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there isn't a place to train on the rack or any hard oil line? Kinda wierd since if I use the turkey baster I will only get the fluid in the resivore...

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Old 01-22-2004, 05:30 PM   #4
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How often should I change my PSF? It is not specified in the owner's menu. I think the menu calls for DOT3 brake fluid. Is synthetic better or is any plain old brake fluid fine?
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Old 01-22-2004, 05:50 PM   #5
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What ever you do DO NOT use brake fluid!! It most likley calls for Dexron 3 ATF just as the 2002 Impreza manual does. Synthetic Dexton 3 should be OK.
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Old 01-22-2004, 07:16 PM   #6
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fredj, yes, you are correct. I need to check what I was smoking =D So how about the schedule? 60k miles?
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Old 01-22-2004, 08:17 PM   #7
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exactly what the other guy said... it does NOT call for brake fluid.. it calls for D3 ATF... however if you are going to fill your brakes up then you need Dot 3 brake fluid...

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Old 01-22-2004, 11:03 PM   #8
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You could disconnect the return hose at the PS reservoir and point it down into a drain pan while the car runs (have an assistant handy to turn the car on and off), making sure you keep the fluid level up. You would have to plug up the fitting on the reservoir you took the hose off of or the fluid will spill out. Just rig up a plug with a short length of hose with a hose pincher tightened down on the end.
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Old 01-23-2004, 11:00 AM   #9
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Just change it in the resevoir a couple of times. Use Subaru OEM fluid. Don't use "synthetic."
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Old 01-23-2004, 12:21 PM   #10
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why not use syn?
i've had excellent results with the Valvoline syn PS fluid.

taking a hose off to empty the whole sys gets messy. do the turkey baster, just do it about 3 times (driving in between of course). that will get it changed over almost completely...
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Old 01-23-2004, 01:45 PM   #11
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why not use syn?
i've had excellent results with the Valvoline syn PS fluid.

taking a hose off to empty the whole sys gets messy. do the turkey baster, just do it about 3 times (driving in between of course). that will get it changed over almost completely...
sorry to sound like a n00b but can you make a step by step thing on this... I don't want to **** it up! since it's self bleeding I shouldn't have problems with air in the lines but how do I know that I have the new fluid in there vs the old one? I DO NOT want to mix synthetic and the other stuff... it totally defeats the purpose of trying to change the type of oil that is in there

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Old 01-23-2004, 02:37 PM   #12
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ok, this is how i've done it on several cars with no issues....

-buy a large bottle of Valvoline PS syn fluid

1. turkey baster (or whatever you like) and remove ALL fluid from the resevoir. refill to correct level with new fluid.

2. run the steering from lock to lock (wheel all the way left then all the way right) 5 or so times.

repeat steps 1 and 2 about three times.

now will EVERY SINGLE DROP OF OLD FLUID be out of there? no. will almost all of it be gone and replaced with the new fluid? yes.

this way you don't have to disconnect any hoses and you don't risk running the rack or pump dry (both bad things).
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Old 01-23-2004, 03:07 PM   #13
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ok.. well I'll be using Redline D4 Fluid.. the same stuff I have in my tranny right now.

how many quarts will I need to do this?
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Old 01-24-2004, 04:53 AM   #14
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do what i did when i replaced mine, replace your rack and pinion unit too!

if you do use the method listed by damnyank i personally wouldn't do it while the engine is running because your powersteering pump will also be running and if i recall the manual says not to run that dry.
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Old 01-24-2004, 05:31 AM   #15
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do what i did when i replaced mine, replace your rack and pinion unit too!

if you do use the method listed by damnyank i personally wouldn't do it while the engine is running because your powersteering pump will also be running and if i recall the manual says not to run that dry.
why'd you replace your RNP?
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Old 01-24-2004, 12:58 PM   #16
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my rnp had a serious leak and very badly needed repaired or replaced. i ended up gettting a rebuilt one. it was a really easy fix.
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Old 01-25-2004, 02:20 AM   #17
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suck old fluid with a turkey bayster and refill with synthetic
Mobil 1 ATF - 'swat I did.
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