2001 Outback Transmission Fluid Change

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by Adam, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. Adam

    Adam Guest

    Can anyone please was me through the steps of changing the automatic
    transmission fluid on a 2001 subaru outback?

    Is there a filter I need to replace?
    Is it like my honda where all I have to do is drain it and refil it?

    Thank you,
    Adam, Jul 8, 2004
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    MDCORE Guest

    The dealer who changed my fluid hooked the car to a machine which totally
    flushed out the system of all fluid and then replaced it. I was switching over
    to Redline ATF at the time, and it took 16 quarts to do.

    The next time I took it to an independent who didn't use a machine. I gave them
    16 quarts of Redline to do the job, but when done, they gave me back 13 quarts
    of fluid they hadn't used.
    Turns out they just pulled the drain plug, and replaced what came out. When I
    asked them about it, they said they couldn't get the oil from the torque
    converter (which they said where most of the fluid is) without dropping the
    whole tranny for $800 or so.

    Next time, I take it to a place that uses a machine.

    '01 vdc
    87,000 miles
    MDCORE, Jul 8, 2004
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    Not all of us thinks that a total fluid flush is the best and only thing to
    do. SOAs manual form my Forester says drain and refill via the drain plug.
    Edward Hayes, Jul 8, 2004
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    Adam Guest

    Is there a filter I should be changing with this as well?
    Adam, Jul 8, 2004
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    Nicolas Dore Guest

    Nicolas Dore, Jul 9, 2004
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    Voja Guest

    Check your @yahoo.com e-mail. I sent you 2 (two) pdf docs. with all the
    details you need.

    Voja, Jul 9, 2004
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    Adam Guest

    I send you an email to asking you to send the
    PDFs to a different address It
    would be greatly appriciated.

    Thank you,
    Adam, Jul 15, 2004
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    Mike Guest

    FWIW - There is a spin-on filter on the transmission. I could not find
    one aftermarket - spent $30 at the dealer for it.

    To change the fluid, I drained the pan, added 4 quarts of ATF, ran the
    car, & repeated this. Most of the fluid is in the torque converter and
    there is no drain plug on it.

    '01 OBW
    Mike, Jul 16, 2004
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    John O Guest

    Does the OBW '99 2.5l auto-trans have such a filter? When I flushed my trans
    I didn't see one, but I didn't look so hard, because I was under the
    impression I didn't have one...

    -John O
    John O, Jul 16, 2004
  10. True, but on an anecdotal level, I don't think it hurts. I've never
    owned anything with an auto until recently when a beautifully maintained
    '92 Camry came to live with me after its owner retired and rewarded
    herself with an '04 Camry as a "retirement present." She'd had the trans
    completely flushed every 30k miles. There are several Explorers in my
    "extended" family, and they've only had the basic drain/refill regimen.
    My nephew's Accord got the same treatment.

    The Camry trans seems to be in great shape, with 216k miles. All the
    Explorers had complete rebuilds, at $2000-$2500 ea, between 95k and 105k
    miles. Nephew's Accord made just over 150k before it broke all its big
    pieces into little ones one day. Another $2500 job.

    Of course, all this might also be apples and oranges, based on what the
    dealers said about the various cars. A coupla Ford dealers said 90k was
    "about average" on their trans, though the independent guy who rebuilt
    one of 'em (also builds racing trannies) said regular complete flushes
    at 25k miles WILL extend the life a LOT. Honda guy said 150k was "in the
    ballpark" of average for that one, and his "lifetime warranty" job
    requires changes at 25k (don't remember if it has to be a flush or just
    change.) Toyota guy says the tiny "clunk" going from Park to Reverse is
    "normal for the mileage but nothing to worry about," so maybe they all
    know their product fairly well! Regardless, $2500 buys a lot of complete
    flushes and maybe some peace of mind in my book. Naturally, YMMV.

    Rick Courtright, Jul 17, 2004
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    As always, I respect your very good opinions Rick. One just needs to be sure
    that the flusher knows what he is doing and from this NG it appears many do
    not. I personally change mine 3X times (driving between each drain/refill)
    to achieve a 95% new change every 25-30,000 miles. One of my concerns is the
    basic cleanliness of the flushing equipment as some transmission shops don't
    seem to attract the most conscious workers. IMHO. Ed
    Edward Hayes, Jul 17, 2004
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    Mike Guest

    Don't know about the '99. Mine is on the driver's side & likes like a
    small engine oil filter. I used a large Channel-Lock to remove it.
    Mike, Jul 17, 2004
  13. Excellent point, Ed! I don't have much recent dealer service experience,
    since I try to do as much as I can myself, but I've started using more
    and more OEM dealer parts in the last few years, and I notice as I walk
    by the service dept to the parts dept there's a BIG difference from one
    to the next on outward appearance--cleanliness, order, etc. Some of the
    independent shops I've seen are almost scary! I was taught a craftsman
    (includes GOOD mechanics) takes good care of his tools and workplace, so
    it doesn't inspire much confidence to see tools and shop rags lying
    about all over the floor in puddles of fluid, does it?

    Rick Courtright, Jul 17, 2004
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