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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-13-2008, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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Need some picture for the differential dipstick

Hey guys, I know I am new to this forum (amazed me to find a forester forum!) and I may be posting at the wrong place. Anyhow, I just bought a used forester (2001 L) with automatic transmission. I went through the whole maintenance myself, changed the oil, radiator fluid changed, tranny oil changed and belts changed. And while doing the maintenance, I found out the front differential dipstick is loose (really loose with no suction at all when i insert into it, and theres a leak from there when driving which sometime will gimme smoke from the exhaust underneath). I just wonder anybody out there would like to share a picture of your differential dipstick to see if I'm missing some washer or seal. Also what kinda differential oil you guys recommend?

Your help will be DEEPLY appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-13-2008, 03:37 PM
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I replaced my dipstick because it was loose
You have two options: replace for the new one(15$ at the dealer) or replace the rubber o-ring.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-13-2008, 03:51 PM
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Our 98's dipstick was loose too and in need of a fresh
o-ring. This is what it looked like after ten years of use.


His...04 XT
Hers...98S
Our daughter...07 OB (Yes, it is the newest in our family)
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-13-2008, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guy, I think I'm in need of an O ring too, thank you so much for all the pictures!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-15-2008, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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By the way, can I use any kinda heat resistance O ring or do I have to get some specific brand O ring??
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