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Old 09-26-2008, 08:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Manual transmission oil dipstick???

I have an 05 Forester XS with MT. In my owner's manual, page 11-27 it shows a diagram to find the dipstick for the manual transmission oil. I have looked all over the engine compartment and can't find this thing. The diagram seems to point to the area on the passenger side at the corner or behind what I am calling the "airbox" that sits on top of the engine.

How do I check the oil level in my MT?

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I haven't looked into how it's done on the Subie, but 100% of the manual transmission cars I've seen had a filler hole in the side of the case and the oil level was to be at the bottom of the hole. Fill it until it leaks and then thread the plug back in...

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So a quick search shows...

Changing out fluids, how much and anything special to do?

Manual Tranny Fluid change (auto front diff at bottom of page) - ScoobyMods
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The handle is tricky to see, the newer models have a yellow loop but it's position (down low on the tranny behind the motor, passenger side for left hand drive) can make it get covered with dirt and it sort of blends in to everything else.
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My 04 5mt XT its almost dead center over the bell housing, but down low. I'll bet its there on yours too.
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MY04 XS is on the passenger side, all the way toward the front of the tranny, right behind the rear of the motor with a yellow ( albeit dirty ) hooked handle. Just at the front of the CV joint and below the 2 connectors for the switches on the tranny.

It may be hidden behind a wiring harness there ..... but it IS there.
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I found it.
Thanks everyone for the input and info.
It was much further forward and lower than I expected.
I was looking for a fill tube to be sticking up instead of the dipstick being right in the housing.
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I appreciate the hell out of this thread, I'm getting a baseball card in a bicycle tire noise when I drive, going to try some Lucas oil transmission treatment, to see what that does, but I was going crazy finding the stupid dipstick. Thanks Subaru for hiding so damn well.
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