Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Silicon Valley, California
Car Year: 2002
Car Model: Forester S
Yep, on automatic tranny USA cars the auto tranny dipstick is on the driver's side and is relatively easy to access. The front diff dipstick is buried on the passenger side down low and tight in behind the engine cylinders. You will probably have to remove some of the intake plumbing to get your arm down there so you can reach it.
Make sure when you drain the front diff oil you know which drain plug you are removing. There's 3 down there, engine, diff and tranny.
Use a good quality synthetic gear oil for that diff. 75W-90 GL5.
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