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Old 12-14-2005, 03:01 PM   #1
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I have just passed 50k on my 02 wrx and I was wondering what if anything I should do maintenance wise. I already checked the manual and it looks like coolant is the only thing I need to do soon. I changed the engine oil(mobil 1 )/ tranny oil/ and air filter about 3k miles ago and I plan on changing the rear dif fluid in the spring. Should I change the coolant out now, I believe the last time it was done was the 30k service which was before I owned the car.
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Old 12-14-2005, 11:36 PM   #2
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Just follow the manual. The next major service is 60k so the coolant can wait until then. When you do it, make sure to pour the coolant in slowly and burp the hoses, otherwise you can get air pockets and overheat.
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Old 12-15-2005, 01:00 AM   #3
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Just follow the manual. The next major service is 60k so the coolant can wait until then. When you do it, make sure to pour the coolant in slowly and burp the hoses, otherwise you can get air pockets and overheat.
Yeah, definitely make sure to pour it in slowly. I didn't do that on my first coolant change with the WRX and...needless to say...got coolant overflowing it and dripped a bit down below. I smelled burnt coolant for the next few days, despite my efforts to clean up every bit.

Just as a quick check, when I pour the coolant in I give the upper radiator hose a few squeezes to make sure there are no air pockets, are there any other ways to make sure no air gets trapped in the system?
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Arent you supposed to start up the car with no radiator cap on to let the bubbles (if any) escape? That's what I always thought had to be done although I never changed the coolant in my cars.

I was just asking if there is anything that usually gets overlooked that might need to be changed or cleaned out in between 30k and 60k? I really don't mind spending a little extra on maintenance.

New tires are going on after the winter, and an alignment will follow
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You also want to use Subaru coolant or GO5. Also check to see if Subaru recomends the factory coolant conditioner for you year/model.
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Arent you supposed to start up the car with no radiator cap on to let the bubbles (if any) escape? That's what I always thought had to be done although I never changed the coolant in my cars.

I was just asking if there is anything that usually gets overlooked that might need to be changed or cleaned out in between 30k and 60k? I really don't mind spending a little extra on maintenance.

New tires are going on after the winter, and an alignment will follow
Yes, after you pour in the coolant until its full, start up the car to continue burping out those air pockets and keep topping it up until you don't see anymore bubbles coming out.

Fill up the reservoir tank, turn off the engine, close the cap, take it for a test drive to see if it's okay. If your temperature gauge starts to vary at normal operating temps, then you still have air trapped in the system.

Oh and make sure when you do your coolant change that you purchase Subaru Coolant Conditioner from a dealership. It's quite necesary, without it your radiator will began to leak down the road.
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I never did this, just poured slowly and squeezed the upper hose, and had no problems.
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