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Old 03-05-2004, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default Whats involved in a 30k mile service.

What did you guys do and what did you guys let the the dealer do?
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Old 03-05-2004, 05:13 PM   #2
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Dealer hasn't touched my car since I bought it. I've done all maintenance. It's not difficult. . just takes some time.

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Old 03-05-2004, 05:23 PM   #3
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I think it is:

Tire rotation
Oil and oil filter change
air filter change
fuel filter change
coolant flush
brake fluid change
inspect all fluids
check and/or tighten all belts etc.

There may be a couple more little things, but this is what I did myself.

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Old 03-05-2004, 08:59 PM   #4
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Murray did my 30K checkup. It consisted of this

Oil Change
Oil Filter Change
Air Filter Change
Fuel Filter Change
Front & Rear Differential Change
Sparkplug Change
Radiator Coolant Change
Then we ate pizza.
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Old 03-05-2004, 09:39 PM   #5
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We had our Forester done by the dealer. First they inspected everything (there was about thirty items on the check list). I have the ticket in the car, but the car is still in the body shop. This is what I can remember:

changed oil and filter
rotated tires
flushed fuel line and injectors
added a can of something that cost $43.00
flushed radiator and replaced coolant
replaced air filter
replaced fuel filter
flushed transmission and replaced fluid
replaced transmission filter
replaced belts
replaced spark plugs

There was more, but I can't remember the rest. T'was not cheap.
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Old 03-29-2004, 03:33 PM   #6
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Subaru.com calls for:

Inspect Steering and suspension

Inspect Clutch operation

Perform Inspect brake lines and check operation of parking and service brake system

Inspect Brake linings and drums

Inspect Disc brake pads and discs, front and rear axle boots and axle shaft joint portions

Replace Brake fluid

Inspect Automatic transmission fluid

Inspect Transmission/Differential (Front & Rear) lubricants (Gear oil)

Replace Spark plugs

Replace Air cleaner element

Recommended Performance Replace fuel filter and inspect fuel system, hoses and connections

Perform Replace engine coolant and inspect cooling system, hoses and connections

Replace Engine oil filter

Replace Engine oil

Inspect Camshaft drive belt

Inspect Drive belt(s) [Except camshaft]

Of that, I would do my own oil and filter, and I have a K&N (and I'll rotate the tires which strangely the website does not list).

That leaves me with needing to replace - spark plugs, coolant, brake fluid, and recommendation of fuel filter (and then all those "inspections"
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I am hoping the dealer will "adjust" the 30k mile service cost to reflect only what I want and need done. Is the fuel filter an overkill?

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Old 03-30-2004, 07:07 PM   #7
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Actually just did most of this today, and while I've done some minor stuff before I was a little intimidated by it...

Fuel Filter - very easy to do - hurt my thumbs wiggling off the fuel lines, but probably only took 10-15 minutes.

Oil / Oil filter / Air filter - simple as ever..

Transmission / Gear Oil - just like an oil change. BUT I highly recommend you get a flexible and relatively thin funnel for this, unless you want to take the intercooler off (I tried and it wasn't fun)..

I'm going to do the brake fluid change out tomorrow, but probably bring it to a place to do the coolant flush, anti-freeze is nasty...

All in all it was fairly easy maintenence, just make sure you have all the tools / parts / etc you need before you start...
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Old 03-30-2004, 08:46 PM   #8
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While I wouldn't be thrilled to do the coolant or brake fluid, it's actually the spark plugs that I'm dreading. It doesn't sound like you replaced them, but I think they would be one of the more critical maintenance items.
If you ever have to take the intercooler off to make something easier, don't sweat that! I've had it off 4 or 5 times to fool with my BOV and now I can literally have it off in 2 minutes and back on in 5.
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Old 03-31-2004, 02:02 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by cnk
Dealer hasn't touched my car since I bought it. I've done all maintenance. It's not difficult. . just takes some time.
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Old 03-31-2004, 02:40 PM   #10
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I've done everything myself, except the brake fluid so far. You should only have to do the spark plugs at 60k miles. That's the only thing i'm going to have the dealer do when i get to that point. I just took care of 1 item every when when i got close to 30k and i'm almost done with everything now (except the brake fluid). The coolant probably took the longest (about 2 hours since i'd never done it before.) Brake fluid shouldn't take too long either, but i'm going to be installing some SS brake lines at the same time.
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Old 03-31-2004, 11:02 PM   #11
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Coolant is no big deal; I've done it lots of times. Just don't drink it
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Old 04-06-2004, 12:43 PM   #12
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I know this is probably a dumb question, but does it matter what coolant I use or where I get it? I have a friend that has a VW and he says he has to use coolant from the dealer or it will void his warranty or some crap like that, sounds rediculous to me.
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Old 04-06-2004, 01:09 PM   #13
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Only use a coolant with no silicates-that is what Subaru says. I went to the dealer to buy a gallon of genuine Subaru coolant. It was $12 and that sucked, but I don't feel like going to a parts store and reading all the ingredients on other makes either. Brian
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Old 04-06-2004, 11:02 PM   #14
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Ouch, that does suck. Thanks for the info though!
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Old 04-08-2004, 03:09 AM   #15
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how do you do the coolant how you know if it is completly flushed out? anyone with a step by step procedure. also for the rear diff do you flush that out with cheap oil? Also what oild should you use for the rear diff or transmission fluid? LMK please thanx

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Old 04-08-2004, 09:10 AM   #16
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I don't think you can completely "flush out" the old coolant without a shop or special machine. But by simply draining the radiator and refilling it once a year or every 30k miles should keep the fluid cycling and fresh enough that you shouldn't have to do a complete flush...

[then there's all the other issues with complete flushes that involve removing helpful deposits, causing premature leakage, $$$...]

Ted Kazinsk... er... Unabombers Coolant FAQ

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[FWIW, i've got Mobil 1 Synthetic 75w-90 in the Rear Diff and NEO Synthetics HD 75w-90 in Transmission] [fluid doesn't solve shifting problems, proper shifting solves shifting problems, and if it doesn't, your transmission has problems...]

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Old 04-18-2004, 08:16 AM   #17
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The spark plugs are not that big of a deal. Not hard at all. Just have some patience and a good set of ratchets/extensions. I removed the intake assembly and washer reservoir assembly to do it.

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Old 04-22-2004, 03:24 PM   #18
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Turbo-ling cars, my manual and CD says 60k for the plugs.
I'm changing them anyways at 30k just because I want to see what they look like at 30; plus they might be a little easier to break loose at 30 than at 60k. Other than a little lighter wallet and maybe a skinned knuckle, it won't hurt to do so early.
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