caveman joe: For filter location check out part 3.
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
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.
FrostDragonz: think you can do a radiator flush and fill video?
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.
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.
caveman joe: Cool, glad you found something you're comfortable with, have fun and good
redlense4: Do you know if the procedure is the same for an '08 Outback?
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: Cool, good luck and always take your time.
caveman joe: @aldikan you're welcome, sometimes it can be a little intimidating, but
it's actually pretty simple.
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.
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?
caveman joe: I just saw a website for opieoils over in England that also carries this
caveman joe: I'm doing the radiator drain and fill this summer.
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
aldikan: Thanks, much appreciated!
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. :)
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.
JayzBeerz: Do you recommend a flush and fill at 100,000 miles or should it be a full
service as far as dropping the pan and changing the filter also?
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!
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