John Ross: Never do a complete flush on a tranny if it has over 50,000 miles and has not been done before. Always do the drain and fill and filter change.
caveman joe: Should be close to the same, there are slight differences from the six cylinder to the four cylinder, such as where the spin on filter is located, but the drain plug and dipstick tube are in the same locations.
redlense4: Do you know if the procedure is the same for an '08 Outback?
caveman joe: I'm doing the radiator drain and fill this summer.
caveman joe: For filter location check out part 3.
caveman joe: I got the idea for the foil from the outback forum, the drain plug on the transmission is the same as the one on the engine oil pan, so I bought two from oil drain magnets dot com, I figured every little bit helps. Most transmissions have a magnet in the pan, but I haven't tackled the internal screen yet so this at least gives me a way to get as many metal particles out of the transmission fluid as possible. Glad the videos helped, I'll get the front differential video out soon.
Randall Kelnhofer: Hey Thanks. I wouldn't have thought of the foil splash gard. It's simple enough, but it's always nice to see it done before jumping in. I didn't know they made magnetic tranny plugs either. I really appreciate your efforts.
caveman joe: Cool, glad you found something you're comfortable with, have fun and good luck.
caveman joe: I just saw a website for opieoils over in England that also carries this brand.
caveman joe: I'll see what I can do, I did the radiator last year, but I need to do my truck so maybe I'll just do both while I'm at it. Will also be doing the rear differential and the front final drive this summer.
FrostDragonz: think you can do a radiator flush and fill video?
caveman joe: Cool, good luck and always take your time.
caveman joe: Depends on the year and your owners manual, a gentleman did a good writeup on the outback forum and he used Mobil 1 synthetic atf and he said it shifted fine. A little research and you'll find what you need. Have you ever tried Motul?
HiTechOilCo: @cavemanjoe79 - It's a regular spin on oil filter that is also used for filtering engine oil. I'd recommend changing it as soon as possible. An excellent and professional online repair guide is All Data DIY dot com. It's the best I've ever seen and will tell you everything and anything you need to know about your Subaru with complete repair and maintenance instructions, factory recalls, TSB's, etc., etc., etc.
caveman joe: @HiTechOilCo I eventually did change the filter when I finally found where it is(inside the driverside fender). I didn't film that part yet, maybe next time.
HiTechOilCo: I just looked up your 2001 Subaru Outback, 3.0 and it does indeed list an automatic transmission filter for it. The Wix part # is 51365 and the AMSOIL Ea filter part # is Ea15K12. So if your dealership told you there's no automatic transmission filter...well, you be the judge. :)
HiTechOilCo: @cavemanjoe79 - Oh, and again, you're a smart person for using rubber gloves and keeping that toxic laden used fluid off of your skin. Life is hard enough without inviting cancer into our bodies. Hats off to you!
HiTechOilCo: @cavemanjoe79 - If I may, when the transmission needs an overhaul it could very well be *because* of not changing the transmission filter. Of course, the dealership doesn't make any more money when they have their customers pay for transmission overhauls, eh? :) To really play it safe, change that transmission filter, which is normal maintenance for any car.
caveman joe: @JayzBeerz When I talked to the service tech at the subaru dealership he told me this is the only way they service the transmissions, so I just went by their recommendations. They also told me the only time they change the transmission filters is when the transmission gets an overhaul. So I'll just play it safe and do this every year since this vehicle gets alot of miles, better safe than sorry.
2001 Subaru Outback Transmission Service Part 15
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