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Old 03-11-2014, 03:38 PM   #151
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I'm not subscribed to many channels, but I am to this one.

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5O_pbC8R2E

Easy video, even on a Subaru. I don't think I'll have any problems, even though I've never done it before. It looks easier than other maintenance I've done. For example, changing pads and rotors looks MUCH more complicated than a brake fluid flush.

The biggest thing I get from watching how to do it, and reading, is don't, whatever you do, let the brake fluid get on your paint. If you do, make sure it's THOROUGHLY washed off.
Thank you for that link. Seems easy enough. Just one question. The guy said to only use the same fluid that's already in there, but what if I wanted to change to a dot 4 synthetic? Not sure what kind of fluid comes from the factory, but if you can't mix different fluids, how do you upgrade?
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:49 PM   #152
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lol no I don't. I don't know what it is but I don't really care. They are mats that are meant to get dirty. I'll buy new ones eventually.
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:59 PM   #153
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I'm guessing i'm not the only one who'd like to hear how the fluid change goes, if you don't mind posting a quick and dirty summary afterwards. I'm due for mine as well in the next month here.

What bleeding order are you going with?

1. passenger front
2. driver rear
3. passenger rear
4. driver front

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The service manual says to do this "in the order from the farthest wheel cylinder from the master cylinder assembly". So to me, the order would be:

1. Passenger rear
2. Driver rear
3. Passenger front
4. Driver front
5. Clutch line (if MT)

Agreed?

FYI, the torque spec for the bleeder screws is 5.9 ft-lb.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:00 PM   #154
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Thank you for that link. Seems easy enough. Just one question. The guy said to only use the same fluid that's already in there, but what if I wanted to change to a dot 4 synthetic? Not sure what kind of fluid comes from the factory, but if you can't mix different fluids, how do you upgrade?
If you flush the entire system with the new DOT4 fluid, then you're not mixing fluids.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:02 PM   #155
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I'll be going front left, front right, rear left, rear right. It doesn't seem to be terribly important starting at front and back, and there's not even really any staunch proponents of either method, and most people writing guide all seem to state it isn't terribly important.

I'll try to take a few pics as I go along.

DOT 3 and DOT 4 are compatible, though it's good not to mix them. A little left over in the system of one won't hurt. It's not like mixing DOT 5 (silicone) with anything else, that will destroy things quick. I'll be taking most of the old fluid out of the reservoir, then filling with DOT 4. I'll then flush the system, refilling the reservoir as needed. In the end, there won't be much, if any, of the DOT 3 left.

Subaru manual says, DOT 3 or DOT 4.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:05 PM   #156
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Ah, maybe I'll use the back first method then. I missed that in reading the service manual.

jr0bb5, so long as you don't put silicone, DOT 5, in the system, you can safely replace the DOT 3 OEM with DOT 4. When you flush the system, you're removing most all of the DOT 3. DOT 3 and 4 are compatible either way, but the goal of changing the fluid is to remove as much of the old as possible.
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:25 AM   #157
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It was easy enough, even though I forgot something to remove the old brake fluid from the reservoir so I had to put it up on jacks twice after running to the hardware store for a turkey baster and plastic tubing for the brake bleeder valves.

I ended up doing the LR,RR,FR,FL order per the service manual, though it doesn't much matter.

Here's a pic of the location of the brake bleeder valve on the caliper (click it for large picture). 10mm flare nut wrench. ~1/8" ID vinyl tubing.



I also just did one method mentioned, fill up the reservoir, attach the power bleeder, pressurize, bleed, remove motive power bleeder, fill up reservoir, repeat. That way I didn't have to worry about cleaning up the power bleeder beyond the connection to the reservoir.

Total cost: ~$90
Motive power brake bleeder - $60
ATE Super Blue - $20
Misc. (turkey baster, vinyl tubing, new funnel) ~$10

Future cost of brake fluid flushes: ~$25
Cost at dealership (best could browse internet for): ~$130, and I wouldn't have an excuse to buy tools...
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:18 AM   #158
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^Not a bad deal, I'll probably do my brakes next time, but at 30K I had mine done at the dealership. They only charged me $65, so for me it was worth it this time for time considerations
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:30 AM   #159
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Get and use ATE Super Blue while you can buy it (it is blue in color). The next time you can switch to the same fluid but gold in color. It is then easy to see when the old fluid is all out from the system.

Apparently the blue one is not legal any more:
http://hooniverse.kinja.com/braking-...989/1154188522


S5.1.14 Fluid color. Brake fluid and hydraulic system mineral oil shall be of the color indicated:
DOT 3, DOT 4, and DOT 5.1 non-SBBF—colorless to amber.
DOT 5 SBBF—purple.
Hydraulic system mineral oil—green.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/571.116

I hope they will continue selling it tough.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:51 PM   #160
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Get and use ATE Super Blue while you can buy it (it is blue in color). The next time you can switch to the same fluid but gold in color. It is then easy to see when the old fluid is all out from the system.

Apparently the blue one is not legal any more:
http://hooniverse.kinja.com/braking-...989/1154188522

S5.1.14 Fluid color. Brake fluid and hydraulic system mineral oil shall be of the color indicated:
DOT 3, DOT 4, and DOT 5.1 non-SBBF—colorless to amber.
DOT 5 SBBF—purple.
Hydraulic system mineral oil—green.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/571.116

I hope they will continue selling it tough.
I've found ATE super blue on eBay, but shipping is a little much @ $12.50. Do you know of any brick and mortar stores that still sell it?
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:10 AM   #161
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The Valvoline DOT3/DOT4 I filled my car with was noticeably clearer than the stock fill.
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I do apprieiciate for your information and it is very helpful to me there.Thank you
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:01 AM   #163
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I've found ATE super blue on eBay, but shipping is a little much @ $12.50. Do you know of any brick and mortar stores that still sell it?
I do not. Check Amazon, but I am not sure if they still sell it.
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Old 03-30-2014, 01:15 PM   #164
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Old 03-30-2014, 02:21 PM   #165
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I'm not surprised by what they said in this review. I wish they drove the cars configured with the manual transmission, because that's the way I would configure my cars.

When I bought my 2012 Impreza, I cross-shopped the Focus SE. I chose the Impreza because I didn't like the Focus' interior as much, and I just didn't trust the Focus' reliability as much. Also, I liked the idea of getting an AWD car (my first), although my previous Golf was fine in the snow with snow tires, so I knew that FWD wasn't a show-stopper.

Getting the Impreza with a stick shaves 1 second off the 0 to 60 time, and it makes the car more engaging, so I think those testers would have preferred the car in that configuration (they pretty much said as much). Also, adding the 19mm RSB improves the handling, which was another one of their complaints (but I understand that they are testing cars as they come from the factory, so they couldn't consider the RSB even though it's a cheap and easy improvement).

The new Mazda3 wasn't available when I was shopping, so it wasn't considered. I could be very excited about a Mazda3 if they ever make the S model (with the larger engine) available with the manual tranny. I think that car would be almost perfect for me.
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:25 PM   #166
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New to subaru modifications, swapped in my VW Jetta about 3 months ago. Looking to upgrade my RSW, I have a premium so it came with a stock 16mm, but wanting a 19mm. Thoughts on brands? I always favor Cusco but I'm not seeing them make one for the 2012-2014 hatch. Any others fit? Or other brands?
Also, hate the stock wheels. I'm in the process of buying a set of Sparco Assetta Gara, but thinking I want to lower my car a tad for fitment, anyone found good coil overs that haven't caused problems? The only other person I know who has put coil overs on their impreza hatch had some major issues that ended up voiding sone major warranties and it ended up costing him $2000+ to fix
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New to subaru modifications, swapped in my VW Jetta about 3 months ago. Looking to upgrade my RSW, I have a premium so it came with a stock 16mm, but wanting a 19mm. Thoughts on brands? I always favor Cusco but I'm not seeing them make one for the 2012-2014 hatch. Any others fit? Or other brands?
Also, hate the stock wheels. I'm in the process of buying a set of Sparco Assetta Gara, but thinking I want to lower my car a tad for fitment, anyone found good coil overs that haven't caused problems? The only other person I know who has put coil overs on their impreza hatch had some major issues that ended up voiding sone major warranties and it ended up costing him $2000+ to fix
Most of us on this forum go with the 19mm bar from a WRX. Since you already have the 16mm bar, you can continue using the end links you already have, which is exactly what I did to my sport premium.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:35 PM   #168
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New to subaru modifications, swapped in my VW Jetta about 3 months ago. Looking to upgrade my RSW, I have a premium so it came with a stock 16mm, but wanting a 19mm. Thoughts on brands? I always favor Cusco but I'm not seeing them make one for the 2012-2014 hatch. Any others fit? Or other brands?
Also, hate the stock wheels. I'm in the process of buying a set of Sparco Assetta Gara, but thinking I want to lower my car a tad for fitment, anyone found good coil overs that haven't caused problems? The only other person I know who has put coil overs on their impreza hatch had some major issues that ended up voiding sone major warranties and it ended up costing him $2000+ to fix
19mm from wherever you can find it cheapest.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:57 PM   #169
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My 19mm RSB came from a 08+ STI.

There are a few places to try for an inexpensive one: Subaru maintenance places might have them (parts department at your local Subaru dealership might also have them in stock, but then you'd be paying dealer prices for it), classifieds or in the for-sale threads of your local chapter here in NASIOC, or the local wrecked car yard.

I bought mine (a 19mm RSB from a 5 door '10 STI) off a user here in NASIOC (from VIC), and I'm pretty damn happy about it.
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My 19mm RSB came from a 08+ STI.

There are a few places to try for an inexpensive one: Subaru maintenance places might have them (parts department at your local Subaru dealership might also have them in stock, but then you'd be paying dealer prices for it), classifieds or in the for-sale threads of your local chapter here in NASIOC, or the local wrecked car yard.

I bought mine (a 19mm RSB from a 5 door '10 STI) off a user here in NASIOC (from VIC), and I'm pretty damn happy about it.
Would something like this fit a 2014 Impreza?

http://www.subarugenuineparts.com/pr...oducts_id=1690

I'm looking at the kartboy endlinks 08+ that include the nuts and bolts.

I have a base Impreza, can I mount this stuff? Hoping I can keep the stock control arms, and I don't want to have to use a pry bar to get the swaybar to clear

Can anyone send a link for what kind of mounting brackets I need?

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Would something like this fit a 2014 Impreza?

http://www.subarugenuineparts.com/pr...oducts_id=1690

Also, anyone know why the hell endlinks are so damn expensive? I was just looking at the kartboy and perrin ones, and they are insanely expensive, Perrin's incredibly so.

I have a base Impreza, can I mount this stuff? Sorry, I'm a newcomer to the Subie world. Hoping I can keep the stock control arms, and I don't want to have to use a pry bar to get the swaybar to clear
It should (I presume the '14 is the same layout as the '12 and '13 base Impreza) but you'll need the endlinks, bushings, and clamps. More info here: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2495032
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Newbie who's not quite a Subaru owner yet (only have had a TDI Jetta) - I test drove the 2014 Impreza Premium hatch (NOT the WRX) and liked it quite a bit. I've scoured these forums to read what other people have thought on the car, though most threads are on the WRX, understandably . Also read through several reports and reviews online - really heavily leaning toward this car right now, though I did like the Mazda 3 as well. It seems to fit my needs and I kind of can't resist the AWD.

I was wondering if any current owners had comments on how their cars have behaved thus far? I understand that the oil consumption may be a bit overblown, though something to keep in mind. Has maintenance been an issue, reliability, etc.? Happy with the car?
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Newbie who's not quite a Subaru owner yet (only have had a TDI Jetta) - I test drove the 2014 Impreza Premium hatch (NOT the WRX) and liked it quite a bit. I've scoured these forums to read what other people have thought on the car, though most threads are on the WRX, understandably . Also read through several reports and reviews online - really heavily leaning toward this car right now, though I did like the Mazda 3 as well. It seems to fit my needs and I kind of can't resist the AWD.

I was wondering if any current owners had comments on how their cars have behaved thus far? I understand that the oil consumption may be a bit overblown, though something to keep in mind. Has maintenance been an issue, reliability, etc.? Happy with the car?
Where do you live? If you live where a lot of snow falls, you'll love the AWD, especially if you also put snow tires on the car.

Some complain about the lack of power, but I don't share this view. I have the manual transmission, though, which makes the car faster and more engaging (in my opinion). You will need to change your driving style, though, coming from the TDI (I did the same).

My Impreza has been very reliable for me. No complaints. I did make some minor mods, such as a new head unit, to address some of the car's initial shortcomings.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:53 AM   #174
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Where do you live? If you live where a lot of snow falls, you'll love the AWD, especially if you also put snow tires on the car.

Some complain about the lack of power, but I don't share this view. I have the manual transmission, though, which makes the car faster and more engaging (in my opinion). You will need to change your driving style, though, coming from the TDI (I did the same).

My Impreza has been very reliable for me. No complaints. I did make some minor mods, such as a new head unit, to address some of the car's initial shortcomings.

Good luck with your decision.
i wouldn't normally complain about the lack of power except 2 times which are not normal but was definitely out of power.

1. steep mountain grades at higher elevation. example 1.5 miles straight up (no turns, litterally straight!) on a 6% grade, 75mph speed limit, even in 3rd gear i couldn't go faster than 65 mph by 3/4 the way up!

2. yesterday morning. 40mph headwind, 70 mph, 5th gear (problem, I know) car would not accelerate even 1mph, had to downshift to 4th just to speed up to 75(not normal!!)
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Newbie who's not quite a Subaru owner yet (only have had a TDI Jetta) - I test drove the 2014 Impreza Premium hatch (NOT the WRX) and liked it quite a bit. I've scoured these forums to read what other people have thought on the car, though most threads are on the WRX, understandably . Also read through several reports and reviews online - really heavily leaning toward this car right now, though I did like the Mazda 3 as well. It seems to fit my needs and I kind of can't resist the AWD.

I was wondering if any current owners had comments on how their cars have behaved thus far? I understand that the oil consumption may be a bit overblown, though something to keep in mind. Has maintenance been an issue, reliability, etc.? Happy with the car?

I've enjoyed my Sport Limited very much. I have the CVT and was concerned about power loss, but it wasn't as bad as I expected. I can fly up steep grades, even with corners, and keep accelerating without any issues. The handling is pretty good, but I'm looking to upgrade the Rear Swaybar in the very near future to make it handle even better. I love the gas mileage, long trips and I get about 35 MPG and I get at least 25 MPG in city. I haven't even hit 3k miles on the car yet so I'm not sure if those numbers will change.
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