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Old 02-22-2001, 01:08 AM   #1
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Post Could the factory 's low amount of tranny fluid have hurt it?(kinda long)

I have been driving my RS for almost six months now and I checked the tranny fluid today and there is a tiny drop showing up on the dipstick(well below LOW). I am going to put some more in but could this have damaged anything? I have posted before because of weird noises I hear from the tranny while downshifting. I have the subaru shift kit and someone else with a 2001 with the shift kit is experiencing the same thing. He also had a low tranny fluid level and has about the same amount of miles. I am taking it in to get it checked out but my dealership does not seem to know much. I think I will call SOA before to see if they have any info. Is it me or is this really lame? Why don't they check the fluid level? I hope to get this tranny problem/noise resolved soon along with my cold shuttering clutch.

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Old 02-22-2001, 08:19 AM   #2
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Hey scootr

Just a note. When did you check the fluid? You cant check it when the vehicle is running or just finished running. It has to be on level ground, and been shut off for a while. If you check it right after you shut the car off it will read VERY low. Check your owners manual for correct method to check the fluid.

Just a note you might want to check, so you dont overfill your tanny!

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Old 02-22-2001, 12:52 PM   #3
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I checked mine at 5k and it was low, no matter when/where I checked it. No dealer would tell me what kind to use and wanted me to bring it in. Since it's under warranty, and the tranny could be leaking, they checked it out, found no leaks and filled it up, no charge of course. I advise everyone to check their fluid ASAP. Thanks for bringing this up, scootr.
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Old 02-22-2001, 04:15 PM   #4
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You're definitely not alone..I checked my fluid at 100 miles & the dip stick was bone dry!! (yes, the engine was off & it was on flat level surface). I ended up putting a quart of lubricant (Pennzoil Gearplus SAE 80W-90 GL5) into it. I then called the dealer
& asked why they didn't prep the auto properly (at a minimum they should have checked all fluids). I also notified S.O.A. when I filled out my dealer satisfaction sheet the other day. Fortunately I checked this before putting any extensive mileage on the car.. Yes I called the dealer & they also said, maybe it was leaking..Well it's not leaking, it was just never properly filled & they were too lazy to check it before selling me the car.
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Old 02-23-2001, 08:58 AM   #5
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Never assume that your fluids are correct after a service or even when picking up a new car.
Shifter - smart move with the customer survey and calling SoA. Subaru does read those surveys. Just ask the former Service Manager at my former Dealer.
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