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  1. Cooling Systems
    Hello, I have a 2019 Subaru Forester and the coolant amount in the reservoir has fallen below the line. This is my first car and my first time dabbling with maintenance. Is it required that you need to drain the coolant before filling it with the new third-party coolant? When do I really need...
  2. Cooling Systems
    I am about to flush my Forester 2012 (AT/non turbo) radiator but I'm not sure if there is a drain plug for the engine block besides the radiator drain plug itself? Crawled under, removed the plastic covering protection but couldn't find any drain plug for the engine block, only the outlet hose...
  3. Transmission and Driveline
    I'd like to ask those who have done or would do a complete transmission flush 'n fill if they would use Castrol Transmax, which states that a complete flush is advised - don't mix fluids. It's a new fluid. It's $19 a gallon as opposed to $16 a quart for Subaru's CVTF-2 fluid which seems...
  4. Cooling Systems
    So I just did an 8-hour road trip with my 14 forester and I noticed it was running a bit hot (215 @ 70mph and 225+ @ 80mph). Although this is not high enough to illuminate the warning light it still concerned me. I started looking at info about replacing the coolant in it because it's got 111000...
  5. Cooling Systems
    Hi all, Looking for some advice & ideas on this baffling chain of events: 4 weeks ago the engine overheated (Subaru Forester XT 2005). (was being driven by a friend). He noticed & stopped. Called me. After a couple of attempts to continue (when the car still overheated and he promptly...
  6. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hello everyone. To get the question out of the way first: Is there a way to remove some gear oil from the transmission easily? If not, will extra damage the engine? I thought I might be able to siphon some out of the dipstick (didn't work) and didn't know if releasing some from the drain would...
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