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Old 06-12-2001, 08:16 AM   #1
Alex RS
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Question Is changing your trans. fluid like...

changing your oil? Just drain out the old and pour in the new. I think that it time for it to be changed and was wondering if I could do it myself? Any suggestions on what to put in and how to do it?
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Old 06-12-2001, 10:13 AM   #2
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Yes, you should be able to do it by yourself. The drain plug is under the Subie at the bottom of the transaxle case. For the lubricant you might want to check this out http://www.cobbtuning.com/tech/gearoil/index.html.

The procedure is simple: Jack up the vehicle, move some sort of pan or rags under the draining plug to prevent messing up places, wait until it has drained completely, put the plug back and tighten well, lower Subie, put the new lubricant in. After driving a bit check that the system hasn't leaked. It's really simple.

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Old 06-12-2001, 02:08 PM   #3
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Wait for your exhaust to cool before draining the fluid, and then use a plastic bag to shield your exhaust from the draining fluid. The drain plug is right above the Y in your header, and the few times I've changed my fluid I've gotten some on the pipe (even when I using my jury-rigged plastic bag shield). I noticed the one time I let the dealership do the fluid change that they got fluid on the exhaust, too. Chances are you'll smell some fluid cooking off when you start the car - no biggie, it's just that bit of fluid that got onto the exhaust header/heat shield.

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Old 06-12-2001, 02:28 PM   #4
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Make sure you get a loooong narrow funnel for pouring the fluid back in and you will need to remove the plenum box to get to the dipstick/fill hole.
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Old 06-12-2001, 02:36 PM   #5
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If you get one of the metal funnels with the long flexible hose you can refill the transmission through the dipstick tube without removing the plenum/air filter box. It was easy when I did it on my RS. I was also able to remove the plug without jacking up the car. If you do jack up the car, lower it while the tranny is draining as you want the car to be as level as possible so that you get a complete drain.

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Old 06-12-2001, 07:52 PM   #6
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Thanks alot guys, I really appriciate all the advice!
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