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Old 08-20-2001, 10:28 AM   #1
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Default MT fluid & power streering fluids are low... ok to top off?

The MT fluid is a little below the "L" on the dipstick, and the power steering bottle is right at the "HOT MIN" when the engine is just a little warm. Although everything is running fine now I want to avoid excessive wear & tear ..

The manual says to just add more fluid but to avoid mixing brands. Anybody know where I can get the right MT & power steering fluid? Is there an OEM brand I should use?

I'd rather not have to take off all the mods just to bring it to the dealer for this...

ALSO where do you drain the MT fluid?
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Old 08-20-2001, 12:53 PM   #2
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Not sure about MTs, but auto trannies you usually check while the engine is hot and running. Drive around for 20 minutes or so, park, switch between the gears, put it in park, go check the level.
Power steering fluid you should either check while cold or at operating temp. There should be a scale for cold measurements. If not, go for a 20 minute drive and check it.

You can get stuff at the dealership, just go to the parts counter. Some people freak out about mixing brands of fluids, I'm not too worried. They've all got to meet or excede certain standards. Just so long as it's clean and of the same quality as the stuff you're adding to, it should be ok.
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Old 08-27-2001, 02:21 AM   #3
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I re-checked the MT fluid after a drive and it still was at the "L" .
I guess it's a good excuse to swap it out for a good synthetic...
So where do you drain it?
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Old 08-27-2001, 09:01 AM   #4
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If you have low fluid the first question should be - "where did it go?". Oil does not evaporate.

The M/T drain plug is at the bottom of the front Diff.
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Old 08-27-2001, 09:24 PM   #5
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It may not be leaking. One way car companies save money is to only add the bare minimum of fluids to a new car. Over several thousand cars, they save hundreds of gallons of fluids. And yes any anme brand fluid of the correct type should be o.k. for topping off.
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Old 08-28-2001, 12:56 AM   #6
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Manual Trannies - Check while cold
Auto - Check while engine is running.

You should be fine w/ what you got. Manufatucturers always just put in the bare minimum of tranny oil. You can top up. Try to stick w/ a same weight, etc . . . I don't think Subaru makes there tranny fluid available at the parts counter. YOu can try. Good Luck.

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Old 10-02-2001, 10:53 AM   #7
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Default PS Fluid Confusion

My power steering fluid looks a little low too, and I was wanting to top it off. However, I got confused by the owner's manual because it says to use "Automatic Transmission Fluid Dexron III Spec". It also says this on the cap for the power steering reservoir.

Maybe I'm just a real newbie, but what does that mean? I put transmission fluid in for the power steering? When I look to buy power steering fluid, none of the brands have any rating like "Dexron III". Is that just a misprint in the manual?

I guess I'll see what the dealer has.
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Old 10-02-2001, 01:53 PM   #8
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I can't believe that a new car- one that can't be more than a couple of months old- will have all of it's fluids low. One wold think that this would be part of normal "new car lore" and people would know about it.

This alerts me enough to go check my stuff right now- I thought the dealer would at least top the stuff off even if the manufaturere had not.
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Old 10-03-2001, 01:44 PM   #9
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Default where is MT reservoir?

I looked at the manual and under my hood. Still couldn't figure out where to pull out the dipstick. There this large ring to the left of the intercooler, not sure if that's it.
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Old 10-04-2001, 03:13 AM   #10
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Yeah, it's on the passenger side of the intercooler, just below it & behind the turbo heatshield. It's a light blue colored ring on mine. In fact, this guy is a common source for rattling if it's pointed the wrong way
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