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#15140 of 19283 Tranny Filter
Aug 09, 2003 (8:38 pm)
Subaru didn't start using the external spin-on tranny filter on the Legacy / Outback until 1999 (last year of Gen 2). I know it's on the '99 2.5L, not sure if they put in on the '99 2.2L models. I think the Forester started the same year. The filter is located on the driver's side toward the front of the tranny on H4 models. It is located behind the left foglight on H6 models. Per Subaru, this is not a normal maintenance item and no change is required.
I believe at some point the SVX also used a spin on filter.
FYI - I drained the A/T on my '96 OBW 2.5L three times and measured what I drained. It was always approx. 5 qts. Of course, YMMV.
Aug 09, 2003 (10:53 pm)
FWIW, 2000 OB & Legacy manual tranny drain plug torque is 32.5+/-2.2 ft-lb.
Doug is correct that the washer is flat, not "crush" type.
Aug 10, 2003 (8:54 am)
Yep, it was a copper one, so I guess I'm OK to re-use. Not really a crush washer (like on the oil filter).
Funny thing about the torque, I gently snugged the plug with my socket wrench, and then gave it another 1/8 turn with the torque wrench (longer handle, easier to turn). Just goes to show how easy it can be to over-torque!
Aug 10, 2003 (6:52 pm)
The 2.2L engines have an internal filter. I have one sitting here waiting to go into the L. I just have to figure out if there is a pan-gasket I need to replace on it or not.
About ~4quarts is correct in the pan. I'll find out for sure early this week when I do the L before I hit Summit Point for 2 days of racin.
Aug 11, 2003 (5:47 am)
Good to hear that the A/C ordeal is coming to a close.
#15145 of 19283 Hey Dave (DCM61), I owe you a beer!
Aug 11, 2003 (5:59 am)
Some time ago we were on a discussion about parking brake designs, and I overstated the case for the popularity of the mini-drum-in-disk design. Sorry... I have since been 'educated' that there is no clear winner, and that both the mini-drum and caliper actuator do co-exist. Interesting that 'autodome' is very divided about which is better. Acura (Honda) recently announced that they were switching back to a mini-drum on higher end models, as the extra caliper hardware interfered with both brake feel and responsiveness. But some are looking at going to caliper hardware as it is cheaper than a full redundent drum system. I also found reference to another design - a mini secondary caliper attached to the primary caliper with it's own cable operated piston and mini pads.
So yes, the beer is on me.
Aug 11, 2003 (8:14 am)
Keep us posted on the Mobil1 gear oil. Quite a few people on nasioc have reported grinding with it.
Aug 11, 2003 (10:26 am)
Can you elaborate about the grinding?
Don't notice anything different in the transmission so far -- doesn't seem any better or worse than before. Still stubborn to go into 1st on ocassion, and I still get some backlash/gear noise when decellerating in 2nd gear. But the transmission seems fine otherwise.
Aug 11, 2003 (10:56 am)
One of the guys in my office owns an '02 WRX with about 30k on the clock. He was reporting more and more grinding / reluctance to go into 1st. I suggested he use 2nd for pre-alignment, prior to going into 1st (which worked), as well as to take it in and get it looked at. Dealer replaced 1st gear synchro, and it now shifts smoothly.
Aug 11, 2003 (11:31 am)
Some people have said that M1 is too slick for our synchros (the synchros need a little friction for the best shifting). Try a search at nasioc in the Transmission Forum.
It's probably more of an issue if you're into quick shifting.