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How easy is it to change the rear diff fluid on a 95 Legacy?


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#1 lhrocker

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 10:16 AM

Like the title says, is it easy to change the rear diff fluid on a 95 Legacy? Will the car have to be lifted?

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 11:00 AM

Like the title says, is it easy to change the rear diff fluid on a 95 Legacy? Will the car have to be lifted?

Very easy, no lift needed at all. Need a 1/2 drive to get them off.
MAke sure you get the top off first, this is your fill plug.
Bottom is drain plug.

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 11:30 AM

Yeah, it's as simple as he said. If you want to help get the relatively thick fluid out faster you can jack up the front end of the car to tilt the diff back, but to fill the car should be sitting on level ground.

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 11:35 AM

Yeah, what rweddy said. Top plug first, if you get the bottom out and drain the fluid and then realise the top is stuck, you can't fill the diff!

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 11:38 AM

Yeah, it's as simple as he said. If you want to help get the relatively thick fluid out faster you can jack up the front end of the car to tilt the diff back, but to fill the car should be sitting on level ground.

Be sure the fluid is hot before you drain it, you will not have to jack it up, it will come right out. Drive the car for a while before or change it when you are coming back from a 5 plus mile trip somewhere. This will also get a lot more of the old fluid out when it is hot.

#6 Subie Gal

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 11:58 AM

link to how to change the rear differential fluid:

http://www.ravensbla.../diff/diff.html


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#7 lhrocker

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 12:33 PM

Thanx for the link Subie Gal!

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 08:15 PM

Just had it done on my 2000GT cuz I didn't feel like getting down and dirty that day ($18 labor). I watched the guy remove the plugs in the sequence described above and use the Penzoil gear oil I supplied in quart squeeze bottles with tapered tops that he just squeezed in until excess ran out. Turns out the rear diff takes .8 Qt. and the front Automatic diff takes 1.3 Qt. so with what was left around the gears, it was an even 2 Qts..
Note: I was watching him fill the front diff through the fill tube when my eye caught a large piece of the aluminum/cardboard cap liner swirling down into the funnel and fortunately I was able to scoop it out! As the say... it ain't rocket surgery, ya know! :banghead:

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 11:48 PM

What a twerp! Always remove the entire seal before pouring!

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 03:42 AM

What a twerp! Always remove the entire seal before pouring!

It's all about the the Six Ps... prior preparation prevents piss poor performance!

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 01:41 PM

LOL brus!


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