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Old 04-10-2006, 10:10 AM   #1
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Hi guys;
When does Subaru recomend changing transmission fluid on 99 subaru legacy.
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Old 04-10-2006, 10:34 AM   #2
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If it's Auto I know it's part of the 60K service (they flush and fill ALL fluids)
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Old 04-10-2006, 11:28 AM   #3
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60k auto for sure, maybe 30k for 5MT.
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Old 04-10-2006, 11:45 AM   #4
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Do you not have an owner's manual?
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Old 04-10-2006, 11:52 AM   #5
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:09 PM   #6
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Do you not have an owner's manual?
not everyone get's one if they buy a used car. Either that, or he can't find the "search" tab
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Old 04-10-2006, 01:02 PM   #7
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I'm pretty sure they actually recommend it every 30K, if not 15K. If you really need official confirmation I can check the owner's manul
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Old 04-10-2006, 09:40 PM   #8
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Pull the automatic transmission dip-stick.

The fluid on the dip-stick should be pink coloured.
If the fluid is brown, or if you sniff it and have a vaguely burnt smell, or you see dark coloured dirt spots floating in the fluid, it is past time to change your AT fluid.
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:27 AM   #9
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Is there any specific kind we should use, or will whatever off the shelf ATF work? Do we need to put anything else into the tranny with it?
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:49 AM   #10
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Dexron III ATF one..

AMSOIL just came out with syntetic version.. if you want to get the best one..
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Old 04-11-2006, 02:39 AM   #11
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i've made it a point to change my transmission fluid once a year, no matter what the mileage (i suppose i would change it twice if i went over 30K miles in one year though), usually around late spring/early summer because i hate having to wait for a non-rainy day to do it.

i just use Mobil 1 synthetic ATF, 4.2 quarts and you're set!
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Old 04-11-2006, 08:57 AM   #12
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I think the book says to check the fluid. I have never changed it and I am at 99k. Am I toasted guys? I should have asked sooner since someone at a shop said it was too late to change ATF now.
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Old 04-11-2006, 09:19 AM   #13
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It's not too late, except for the way they change it. A good shop or the dealer will charge you more, but completely drain the tranny and flush it out. The cheaper chain shops usually stick a straw like device and pump the fluid out (most that they can get) and *maybe* replace the filter. The problem with that is there are impurities and sludge on the bottom and that prosess just stirs that crap up and it's back in the mix when they put the new fluid in, which causes a whole bunch of problems.
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Old 04-11-2006, 09:50 AM   #14
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It's not too late, except for the way they change it. A good shop or the dealer will charge you more, but completely drain the tranny and flush it out. The cheaper chain shops usually stick a straw like device and pump the fluid out (most that they can get) and *maybe* replace the filter. The problem with that is there are impurities and sludge on the bottom and that prosess just stirs that crap up and it's back in the mix when they put the new fluid in, which causes a whole bunch of problems.
I figure to call the dealer might be the safest bet otherwise I might be exposing myself to tranny issues down the road.
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Old 04-11-2006, 03:40 PM   #15
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well it's possible that you may have caused excessive wear on your tranny by not having the fluid changed for a long time, but it's hard to say for sure. is your tranny shifting wierd lately?
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Old 04-11-2006, 08:13 PM   #16
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if you going to change for the 1st time at 90K.. take down the trainy fuild pan down.. Yea.. that involves draining all fluid, removing screws and pulling pan down.. You will have to re-seal it with silicon high temperature sealer.. Reason you want to do this is because there is allot of crap/sludge on bottom of pan.. And I mean allot.. black sticky stuff.. Clean that up, and replace fluid.. then if you want to do total flush, you can take to dealer and they will be able to flush it without you worrying about all that junk being stirred up and screw up your tranny.. I have over 200K on trany, still runs great, no slips or anything.. and I've changed oil on regular basis.. and was forced to drop the pan down because seal started leaking, even though I still had allot of sludge..
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Old 04-12-2006, 04:33 AM   #17
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there's also the Sea Foam Transmission flush, i've never used it myself but i've read lots of great reviews on it.
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Old 04-12-2006, 08:12 AM   #18
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well it's possible that you may have caused excessive wear on your tranny by not having the fluid changed for a long time, but it's hard to say for sure. is your tranny shifting wierd lately?
Nothing unusual the tranny has always shifted hard at the low gear but nothing recent.
I am going to the dealership tommorow thursday and will report back.
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Old 04-13-2006, 01:53 PM   #19
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Got the fluid changed today by the dealership but they did not change the filter only the fluid it took them about an hour to do it. Is this this the normal way or was I taken.
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Old 04-13-2006, 06:30 PM   #20
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Can't really comment on whether you were taken or not by the Dealer, but I do know that in the repair book [Haynes or Chilton's, can't remember which it is] I have it says to drain/replace the fluid every 30,000 miles, but doesn't even mention anything about a tranny filter at all, much less changing it.
What would be a Part # for the filter if I wanted to change it myself on the '97 Legacy wagon with 2.2 engine my wife has?
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As far as I know, the filter on these cars isn't serviceable. You just replace the fluid.
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Old 04-14-2006, 01:58 PM   #22
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Actually, I called my local dealer today to see if they had a part# for a tranny filter & they confirmed that there is no replaceable filter at all: you just change fluid on a regular basis. They did state that there is a small screen/screens that can be removed, cleaned, & replaced, but you would have to take out the valve body to get at them
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Old 04-14-2006, 02:36 PM   #23
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Actually, I called my local dealer today to see if they had a part# for a tranny filter & they confirmed that there is no replaceable filter at all: you just change fluid on a regular basis. They did state that there is a small screen/screens that can be removed, cleaned, & replaced, but you would have to take out the valve body to get at them
Well, then that makes me feel better. I have read that at times they do not change the whole fluid but just 6 quarts. Is this the practice?
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Old 04-14-2006, 03:05 PM   #24
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6 Qt?!...I hope not! ....Considering the recommended amount to put in after draining the old fluid is around 4 to 4 1/2 Qt [don't have my manual/repair book handy right now]....
Actually, when I was talking to the dealership today, they recommended putting in 4 Qt, then checking the level & topping off as needed...
Mind you, I have a '97 Legacy, you said you have a '99: but I doubt there would be such a large difference..
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