Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Monday June 18, 2018
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Technical > Service & Maintenance

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads. 
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-17-2015, 10:25 AM   #251
falconWRX
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 349089
Join Date: Mar 2013
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Ohio
Vehicle:
2014 WRX Limited
WR Blue

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Woadie12 View Post
2012 WRX - Trying to figure out how to replace the rear turn signal bulbs. Anyone replace the bulbs yet and know the easiest way?
If it's anything like my 2010 wrx sedan, you should be able to detach the clips for the carpet and pull it off a bit and stick you hand in the taillight, twist, and pull off the bulb. My brake lights were out but it looked like I could get to the others too.

Sent from my SM-N900V using NASIOC mobile app
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
falconWRX is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Old 07-13-2015, 03:22 PM   #252
Kbrownsti
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 368937
Join Date: Sep 2013
Default

thanks for the post
Kbrownsti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2015, 10:01 PM   #253
antifeik
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 329212
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NE
Default

How come the maintenance manual don't mention anything about the water pump change interval? I tried the search and I couldn't find anything, this is my first subie, sorry for my ignorance. 2013 Impreza limited
antifeik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2015, 10:11 AM   #254
Jonnyfive
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 395731
Join Date: Jul 2014
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Vehicle:
2015 WRX Premium
DGM

Default

Because it's not a regular service interval maintenance item.
Jonnyfive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2015, 03:43 AM   #255
DonRamon
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 336309
Join Date: Oct 2012
Default

Thank you for great info.
DonRamon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2015, 11:06 AM   #256
mrtouchdown
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 258082
Join Date: Sep 2010
Chapter/Region: W. Canada
Location: Calgary, AB
Vehicle:
2010 WRX STI
Black

Default

this is a great source of info!. Great for new subi owners.
mrtouchdown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2015, 04:06 PM   #257
CountDooku
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 385512
Join Date: Mar 2014
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: The North
Vehicle:
2014 Limited Sedan
BPP

Default

Did they make some changes to the schedules when they switched to mysubaru.com? I just looked up my car there and it reads more like the dealership now for a 2014 WRX:

Recommended Maintenance (30k)

A/C Filter
Air cleaner element
Automatic transmission fluid
Brake fluid
Brake linings and drums
Camshaft drive belt
Clutch operation
Disc brake pads and discs, front and rear axle boots and axle shaft joint portions
Drive belt(s) [Except camshaft]
Engine Coolant Systems, hoses and connections
Engine oil
Engine oil filter
Fuel systems, lines and connections
Inspect brake lines and check operation of parking and service brake system
Rotate and Inspect Tires
Steering and suspension
Transmission/Differential (Front & Rear) lubricants (Gear oil)

It doesn't describe if these are inspections or replacements or what.

I'm trying to figure out what really needs to be done for the 30K service and what are add ons at the dealer. I found a 2014 WRX factory service manual that only states the brake fluid needs changing, oil change, and air filters should be replaced besides lots of inspections.
CountDooku is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2016, 12:59 PM   #258
mrcpelayo
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 407188
Join Date: Nov 2014
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: Cali
Vehicle:
2007 Subaru
metallic sky BLue

Default

2007 2.5L SOHC - replacing timing belt today. Does anyone know the size of the crank pulley bolt, and torque spec please? I keep seeing 95ft lb. For the lightened ones, and 130ft lb. For the stock harmonic balancer. I'm really interested in the bolt size. Help please
mrcpelayo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2016, 01:01 PM   #259
mrcpelayo
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 407188
Join Date: Nov 2014
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: Cali
Vehicle:
2007 Subaru
metallic sky BLue

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by antifeik View Post
How come the maintenance manual don't mention anything about the water pump change interval? I tried the search and I couldn't find anything, this is my first subie, sorry for my ignorance. 2013 Impreza limited
Just pair it with the timing belt service. That's when it needs to be done.
mrcpelayo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2016, 09:40 AM   #260
JMarch
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 439153
Join Date: Jan 2016
Default

It's time for a battery change for 2013 Impreza Sportwagon. I live in Florida now but the car will be going to St Louis and I would like to buy a stronger battery. I cannot get the Interstate battery that is specified (MTP-35) in FL so they offered the MTP-24. It is 2 inches longer. Does anyone know if it will fit?
JMarch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2016, 01:04 AM   #261
DBlair
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 442168
Join Date: Mar 2016
Default Specific Maintenance

Thank you for this information, I need something a little more specific though. Can you point me a break down (tools, instructions) to change the front left wheel bearing in a 2001 Subaru Legacy? I believe it's a pressed bearing correct?
DBlair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2016, 06:40 AM   #262
Rushofadrenalyn
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 445643
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Lexington ky
Vehicle:
2005 STI
Crystal grey metallic

Default Question

Quote:
Originally Posted by CountDooku View Post
Did they make some changes to the schedules when they switched to mysubaru.com? I just looked up my car there and it reads more like the dealership now for a 2014 WRX:

Recommended Maintenance (30k)

A/C Filter
Air cleaner element
Automatic transmission fluid
Brake fluid
Brake linings and drums
Camshaft drive belt
Clutch operation
Disc brake pads and discs, front and rear axle boots and axle shaft joint portions
Drive belt(s) [Except camshaft]
Engine Coolant Systems, hoses and connections
Engine oil
Engine oil filter
Fuel systems, lines and connections
Inspect brake lines and check operation of parking and service brake system
Rotate and Inspect Tires
Steering and suspension
Transmission/Differential (Front & Rear) lubricants (Gear oil)

It doesn't describe if these are inspections or replacements or what.

I'm trying to figure out what really needs to be done for the 30K service and what are add ons at the dealer. I found a 2014 WRX factory service manual that only states the brake fluid needs changing, oil change, and air filters should be replaced besides lots of inspections.
My 05 sti with 46k was trans serviced at 30k. That was 3.5 years ago. Would you recommend another service just for time sake? Sorry for jumping in a thread late in the game lol
Rushofadrenalyn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2016, 08:38 PM   #263
Panimal
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 447424
Join Date: May 2016
Default Coils

Thought I would add that it looks like "Duralast" ignition coils C1479 are OE Diamond coils with all the OE stamping and logos on them
Panimal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2016, 03:09 PM   #264
xJonRx
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 455607
Join Date: Sep 2016
Default EJ255 Cylinder Head Bolt Torque

I can't seem to find any info on EJ255 cylinder head torque specs. I've searched and searched and would really appreciate some help.

Thanks!
xJonRx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 06:39 PM   #265
Hanhxx
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 456435
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Massachusetts
Vehicle:
2007 Impreza 2.5i
Satin white

Unhappy CODE p0026 HELP ASAP!

Any suggestions....

07 impreza 2.5i

Problem: 2 days ago the check maintenance light came on and the blinking cruise light came on right after that.

Earlier, after driving about 15 minutes to work I parked my car to the smell of burning oil + saw smoke coming out from under the hood.

What I know: Autozone associates ran a code which revealed: P0026.

I had an oil change at a Subaru dealership and they did inform me that my head gasket is leaking. (I do not have the money to fix it.)

Now I am thinking if I should drive home which is 45 minutes away- with the condition of my car.

what would you do!?!:grump y:
Hanhxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2017, 01:10 PM   #266
uncleruckus206
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 412301
Join Date: Jan 2015
Default

Great post. One thing to add on to rear diff section is that up to 06 you need Subaru LSD fluid or an equivalent, and every year after you can use any 75w90 gear oil.
uncleruckus206 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 04:22 PM   #267
ethanteeeeeeeee
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 451165
Join Date: Jul 2016
Default 1999 jdm sti

So any 5w30 will be good in my car?
ethanteeeeeeeee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2017, 01:12 AM   #268
Roxy90
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 465290
Join Date: Mar 2017
Default Sticky clutch that doesnt disengage

Hi all.
I have an 2009 Subaru forester touring wagon that has a sticky clutch at the moment.. when you go to push it in it snaps down to floor and I have to actually flick it back up with my foot. It had a burnt smell to it last time running.
We can't work out what it could be .. we took the master cylinder out and made sure there wasn't anything major there as well as bleeding it. My other half reckons he looked at the slave cylinder as well and couldn't see any leaks of fluid on the rubber ring things.. it makes a bit of a whirring dull grind when the clutch is pushed in once engine is started up.
Any ideas??? Needing to sort it asap so I can get to my shift tomorrow as I'm a long way out for lifts haha. Any Help is much appreciated. Thanks
Roxy90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2017, 12:05 AM   #269
SubieNation13
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 450437
Join Date: Jul 2016
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: Glendale,CA
Vehicle:
2013 Subaru WRX
Black

Default

Is it okay if I put rotella T6 in my 2011 Subaru Legacy? Right now that's the oil I have at home which is meant for my WRX. Thanks.
SubieNation13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2017, 10:06 AM   #270
FastTurkey
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 467682
Join Date: May 2017
Default Do I really need to change my brake fluid?

Do I really need to change my brake fluid after 30,000 miles a new Suburu? What are the risks of not doing regular fluid changes?
FastTurkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2017, 11:59 AM   #271
g-heap
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 403883
Join Date: Oct 2014
Default Re: brake fluid change

"Worn-out" brake fluid may interfere with proper functioning of ABS system.
g-heap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 06:21 PM   #272
Oldhoopty
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 469364
Join Date: Jun 2017
Default location of reverse light switch on AT 95 legacy

Can't find the sensor the guide i have only shows the the location on a MT and on my AT its not in the same place i have a suspicion of where it is but id like to confirm it before i start digging it out.
Oldhoopty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2017, 08:49 PM   #273
k888mp
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 474602
Join Date: Sep 2017
Default

What I'm dealing with is a poorly fit upper rad hose. What I have is an upper radiator hose meant for (I believe) an 05 wrx, attached to the 03 2.0L radiator (the only thing in this setup actually intended for the 03 wrx) and then on the other end of that hose it's attached to a motor from a 2000 JDM forester (with the original 03 wrx turbo and new head gaskets).

So my issue is there isn't enough clearance between that pulley and the upper rad hose. The radiator isn't positioned correctly for the motor that's in there. I tried to put in an 03 rad hose, didn't work. I have a 55mm flexible rad hose on hand that I might try as a last resort. The motor side and rad side are both 38mm in diameter.

I'm just looking for any suggestions anyone might have about this situation, anything would help. Ideally I want to find a molded rad hose that has the same S shape as the one in there, but with longer ends past the curves on either side. So it would clear the pulley and then I could just trim it down on the rad side
k888mp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2018, 04:00 PM   #274
subaru2010
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 484831
Join Date: Apr 2018
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: USA
Vehicle:
2010 Impreza 2.5

Unhappy Can't register at scoobymods

Quote:
Originally Posted by Unabomber View Post
Where do I find my maintenance schedule? Subaru.com has the up to date maintenance schedule information and is more accurate that what can be found in your owner's manual. The website link often changes, but as of right now, http://www.subaru.com/owners/index.html, then click on Vehicle Resources, enter VIN/choose car and hit Search. Now find and open the Maintenance and Service .pdf. If you notice a conflict between what your dealer says, what your owner's manual says, or what it says on mysubaru.com, always defer to the advice of the maintenance schedules found online.

My dealer wants OMG $$$ for my XX,000 service, what do I do? Visit your local NASIOC Chapter or Regional Area. They will have advice for you as to which shops can help out. Also, talk to locals. There may be local maintenance/install parties going on and local people will either do the maintenance for a small fee or teach you how to do it. Also, many times dealers will stick on "recommended maintenance items" onto your XX,000 mile service to pad their fees. Subvert this by printing out your schedule from the above link and only allow them to do what is 100% necessary. If they give you grief, offer to call 1-800-SUBARU3 in front of them and discuss which is more correct, SOA's maintenance schedule or the dealer's "recommended maintenance schedule". Then watch the back pedaling.

Another option is to take the maintenance schedule to a local shop such as Firestone, Goodyear, etc. as their labor rates are usually cheaper than dealerships. It may be advisable to bring your own fluids though as they sometimes use what they have available rather than OEM spec fluids. While this may or may not get you some small discount, it will give you piece of mind knowing that you have the right fluids in your car. Always ask for the empty containers back!

For any maintenance shop:

Avoid add-ons. This can be in many forms. My favorites:
Fluid flushes. This is a machine that pumps numerous gallons of fluid, usually under pressure, to ensure that all the old fluid is out and you have 100% new fluid. While this is a great marketing tool, your engine is designed for drain and fill, not flush and fill. SOA's stance: after emailing SOA, they stated they have no stance on this issue pro/con or good/bad. But there is a stance when it comes to cooling system flushes, so refer to the Cooling System FAQ for more info.
The "come look at your dirty air filter" trick. Jiffy Lube is famous for this. Simply tell them that your filter is doing it's job and a dirty filter actually filters better than a clean one and you aren't scheduled to replace it until XXXX miles. You might actually get one of those guys to see the logic which is funny too.
Oil additives. Just say no.

Can I do my own maintenance? Yes. Contact locals for help as it's always best to have experienced help. Otherwise, use the below for help:

a. www.scoobymods.com has tutorials for most Subaru maintenance items. While many of them might not be 100% specific to your model, much of the advice applies from say a Forester, applies to your STi.
b. scoobymods jacking instructions
c. The Tool FAQ should be able to answer all your tool questions.
d. Clubwrx.net has a nice tutorial section as well.
e. Search for your maintenance on NASIOC.
f. Though you may ask maintenance questions on NASIOC, it is probably best to ask in your local forum as you just might get an offer for local help.
g. Most modern Subarus do not have Chilton or Haynes manuals, so you are forced to either buy the $$$ shop manuals from your dealer or download them for a small fee from http://techinfo.subaru.com
h. End Wrench Magazine has useful help.

Where can I log my maintenance? mysubaru.com is a wonderful place for maintenance logging. While possibly more inconvenient than traditional logging methods such as a car notebook or receipt saving, mysubaru automatically logs all Subaru dealer service. This website should only be used for logging and perhaps seeing if you have any recalls as their maintenance schedules are WAY out of whack with the official SOA maintenance schedules.

Who is the OEM fluid manufacturer?
Provided by: John Mergen/Sam Hasen/Takita Kashwa of SOA customer service:

engines are filled with: Nisseki-Mitsubishi 5W-30

manual transmissions are filled with: Subaru Extra-S 75w-90 gear oil

automatic transmissions are filled with: Subaru ATF

rear diffs (except: STI) are filled with: Nisseki-Mitsubishi 85w-90 gear oil

STI rear diffs are filled with: Subaru LSD 90LS 90wt

What brand/type of brake fluid should I use and how do I do it myself?

Scoobymods.com instructions

To make brake fluid swaps much easier consider speed bleeders and/or a vacuum brake bleeder. A speed bleeder is simply a replacement bleed nipple with a non-return valve in it. This allows you to open up the nipple and squeeze the old brake fluid though the system, without having to close the bleed nipple closed after every brake pedal depression. A Vacuum brake bleeder is a hand held vacuum pump that attaches to the bleeder. This allows you to hand bleed the brakes at the caliper instead of having to pump the brakes.

For the majority of owners, the OEM fluid is fine. This is especially true if you are using a big brake kit as the better your brakes, the less stress this puts on your fluid. That doesn't mean that if you use your brakes HARD during mountain driving or numerous autocross/HPDE events that you won't benefit from higher quality brake fluids though. For people seeking a "Stage 1" upgrade over the OEM fluid, popular brands include Valvoline Synpower and ATE Blue. For more advanced users, you will want to research the cost/benefits of the more expensive brake fluids.

For more advanced users:

To find out how much moisture is in your brake system, one can buy a brake fluid tester, a brake fluid moisture meter, or brake fluid test strips. Use these terms in google and you will see examples of these devices for sale. For high tech users, you can use a Kernco Digital Relflectometer to check the water content of DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids. As a rule of thumb, if your brake fluid has reached 2-3% moisture, it's time for a change regardless of when you last changed it.

Background information:

This link contains a wealth of knowledge about brakes and brake fluids. Be sure to read the entire post as unlike the traditional "Unabomber FAQs", this one has lots of wonderful information throughout the whole thread.
Stoptech's Brake Fluid FAQ
Brake fluid is to be considered a consumable item. Buy fresh and do not reuse old supplies unless you discover leaks or fluid loss over say a week's period after the initial fill.

To dispose of your old brake fluid, many states treat it the same as old motor oil, so for most, just add it to your motor oil pan and dispose of it that way. Call your local waste recycling facility for the best answer though.

What brand/type of transmission fluid should I use and how do I do it myself?

The Subaru 5MT can be a picky about what fluid you should use. Popular fluids that have a large fan base are:

a. OEM fluid AKA Subaru Extra-S
b. Uncle Scotty's Cocktail of 1qt Redline lightweight shockproof, 1qt Pennzoil or GM Synchromesh, 2qt Castrol HypoyC 80w-90
c. Redline lightweight shockproof
d. Motul 300

While we are big fans of sticking to OEM fluids on NASIOC, this is one case where using something not SOA recommended has shown actual benefit, mainly in helping with synchro interaction.

You 6MT users can use whatever you like, though there is some benefit by using one of the above fluids as they do aid in synchro engagement.

Scoobymods.com instructions
Scoobymods.com instructions
NASIOC instructions

To dispose of your old tranny fluid, many states treat it the same as old motor oil, so for most, just add it to your motor oil pan and dispose of it that way. Call your local waste recycling facility for the best answer though.

What brand/type of rear differential fluid should I use and how do I do it myself?

The rear differential in Subarus will accept OEM or "better" synthetic fluids without problems, so use what you like on any Subaru rear differential. Since most rear diffs will work 100% fine on the OEM fluid, many consider swapping out this fluid for more expensive synthetics to be a waste.

Scoobymods.com instructions
R180 instructıons
NASIOC instructions

To dispose of your old rear diff fluid, many states treat it the same as old motor oil, so for most, just add it to your motor oil pan and dispose of it that way. Call your local waste recycling facility for the best answer though.

What brand/type of power steering fluid should I use, how often should I change it?

This is maintenance item that is not covered by SOA schedules. Internet searches say things like every two years, to when the fluid becomes discolored, to 50,000 miles. So, it's a judgment call. Adding this to every 60,000 mile maintenance checklist might be a good compromise depending on your driving style. How to guide.

As to what to use, there really is no reason to use any fluid other than what is recommended in your owner's manual.

What brand/type of air filter should I use, and how do I do it myself?

The Intake FAQ discusses air filters in detail.

What brand/type of PCV valve should I use, how often should I change it?

The SOA schedules do not call for a specific replacement schedule. Based on internet searches, it might be advisable to add it to your major 30,000 mile maintenance schedules. If you remove the PCV valve and shake it back and forth, you should hear it click back and forth. No rattling sound indicates it's stuck and needs replacement.

Unlike other maintenance items, there is almost no research into PCV valves. Suffice it to say that most consider the OEM and aftermarket PCV valve on the same level, so use which is easiest to obtain or based on personal preference.

scoobymods instructions
Helpful link
Helpful link
Helpful link

What brand/type of fuel filter should I use?

Unlike other things, there is almost no research into fuel filters. Suffice it to say that most consider the OEM and aftermarket fuel filters on the same level, so use which is easiest to obtain or based on personal preference.

scoobymods instructions for fuel filter replacement.
I like all the helpful info but can we port it over here?

Scoobymods has an old captcha that no longer works so you can not verify new user registration.
subaru2010 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2018, 04:54 PM   #275
airniux
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 485011
Join Date: Apr 2018
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dwmoss_68 View Post
What brand/type of drive belts should I use and how do I do it myself?

OEM belts are fine, but you can usually save some money by picking up your new belts from NAPA. The NAPA brand belts are made by Gates. Gates is the manufacturer of the OEM replacement belts. So now matter where you buy them, your belts will have Gates stamped on them. No name belts from your local auto store tend to howl like a banshee, so this is one case where you want to spend more and not have to worry. Kevlar timing belts from Greddy, STI, Gates, PE, etc. are an expensive option and for 99% of users are wholly not needed as OEM or OEM quality belts are not prone to failure.

Now when you do your timing belt, there is a lot of debate about what you should do while you are in there already. Other things you can do are timing belt tensioner, oil pump, idlers, water pump, cam and crank seals. The only must replace item is the timing belt tensioner and some even forgo that. The other items are not particularly wear prone and could be replaced if you see a problem with leaking when the timing belt cover is off. Mind you, there are doom and gloomers that suggest replacing every bit under or near the timing belt cover, but rest assured...unless you see a problem, there is no dire need to replace things just for replacement's sake or you feel it's in your car's best interest.

subarugirlies.com accessory belts instructions
clubwrx timing belt instructions
Scoobymods timing belt instructions
Meatys Timing Belt Changing Guide
This link is to the SPT timing belt instructions

What about my front oxygen sensor? This will usually fail and throw a CEL letting you know it's failed, or lacking a CEL, it is seen in the form of terrible gas mileage. Some add it to the 60k service as a preventative measure. Subarus are picky about oxygen sensors though, so for 100% compliance, use an OEM oxygen sensor from your dealer or online Subaru discount vendor. You may save money buy using aftermarket, or you may spend twice when you find out it doesn't work....choose wisely.

Install instructions

What about cleaning my Idle Air Control Valve (non drive by wire cars) or Mass Air Flow Sensor?

For the IACV, this link provides detailed instructions on how to do so.

For the MAF sensor, this link provides detailed instructions on how to do so and recommended intervals.

While not a maintenance item per se, it might not be a bad idea to clean these with every 30K service interval and perhaps prior to tuning.

What brand/type of motor oil should I use and how do I do it myself? The Oil FAQ should be able to answer all your oil related questions.

What brand/type of coolant should I use and how do I do it myself? The Cooling System FAQ should be able to answer all your coolant related questions.

What brand/type of spark plugs should I use and how do I do it myself? The Spark Plug FAQ should be able to answer all your spark plug related questions.

Though not a real maintenance item, what about fuel injector/system cleaners? This link is probably the best source on these cleaners. While it does not cover all brands, it provides a wealth of information. That being said, gasoline is filtered at the refinery, the gas pumps, and by your fuel filter. Many believe that fuel injector cleaners are not needed on today's cleaner burning engines. Whether you wish to use them and how often, is up to you.

How do I find out how much of these fluids to add? All fluid quantities are listed in your owners manual. All fluid amounts for all Subarus cannot possibly be listed here. Break open your manual and find out. Also remember that just because it says (made up quantities for example) you will need 2 gallons of coolant, does not mean you will use 2 full gallons. It's always wise to fill/check/fill/check/fill/check to ensure you do not overfill any fluid level. Use the listed specs in your owners manual as a worst case, then rely on the dipstick or indicator as to how much you have really need. With all fluid fill-ups, check for leaks or top-up fluid levels a day later and with each fill-up or other schedule you feel most comfortable with.

Also keep in mind that if it says (made up quantities for example) you will need 2 gallons of coolant (or whatever fluid), that you won't necessarily see 2 gallons come out when doing a fluid swap. The amount leftover in any fluid swap is taken into consideration by SOA engineers, so draining for days, performing a "flush", or using unusual methods to get every last drop out is not necessary.

Editors Note

This post was created because I wasn't able to find a good maintenance FAQ. I came up with the text based on LOTS of searching here. It was also created to be intentionally brand neutral so that it serves as a stepping stone for further research. Upon reading this you should have an idea of what type of maintenance or maintenance items best suit your needs.

If you find an error in this FAQ, please PM me with factual details and I will update this post. Responses such as, "I use Pep Boys for service and it's great!" or "XXX's brake fluid is the bestest" are not appreciated here, that is what the NASIOC Reviews Forums are for.
Thank you for this!
airniux is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Downpipe FAQ: Read if you are thinking of buying one! Unabomber Newbies & FAQs 330 04-19-2018 09:59 PM
Pulley FAQ: Read if you are thinking of buying one! Unabomber Newbies & FAQs 118 12-08-2016 12:24 PM
Uppipe FAQ: Read if you are thinking of buying one! Unabomber Newbies & FAQs 386 09-10-2016 06:42 PM
Exhaust FAQ: Read if you are thinking of buying one! Unabomber Newbies & FAQs 303 06-14-2016 10:03 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2018 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2017, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.