Last post on Jun 21, 2010 at 9:40 AM
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#1 of 4 Changing Coolant 2004 Forrester
Jun 17, 2010 (9:10 am)
How much trouble is it for DIY to change coolant on a 2004 Forrester?
#2 of 4 Re: Changing Coolant 2004 Forrester [gretsch1943]
Jun 17, 2010 (9:13 am)
On my 1998 model it was fairly simple. There is a drain bolt you loosen near the bottom, but be very careful as it's plastic and you don't want to strip the threads. Loosen it slowly and don't overtighten.
#3 of 4 Re: Changing Coolant 2004 Forrester [ateixeira]
Jun 18, 2010 (4:35 am)
Draining is easy. Filling is more complicated. Here is an exchange from another forum:
Q: We don't have bleed openings on our Foresters either. What's the best way to get all the air out? Squeeze all the tubing a few times? Run very briefly and let it cool down; repeat many times? Other?
A: I ran it about 5 miles then let it cool. Removed radiator cap and refilled. I repeated it a couple more times I believe.
#4 of 4 Re: Changing Coolant 2004 Forrester [aatherton]
Jun 21, 2010 (9:40 am)
Thanks to all replies. I will give it a shot. Dealer wants $139 to do this.