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    Two brake fluid reservoirs?

    I'm getting ready to flush my brake system, but I ran into a problem. There seems to be 2 reservoirs for the brake system. They are both located on the right side of the intercooler. One sits higher and is closer to the wheel, while the other one is closer to the intercooler and situated below. Both caps suggest DOT 3 brake fluid. Which one do I need to empty and fill with new fluid?
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    Are you certain one isn't the clutch reservoir?
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    I'm certain one IS the clutch resevoir - they sit pretty close to each other up there.

    Dunno if this helps since there is no engine in this car, but the resevoir pictured here is the brakes. Note that your car will not have the red peice pictured (unless you have the MRT Master Cylinder Brace installed!):



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    Thanks, I think you are right. The other one must be the clutch reservoir. I didn't know the clutch also used brake fluid. Should I replace the clutch fluid when I change my brake fluid?
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    Your clutch fluid is not nearly as critical for safety or performance so it doesn't need to be replaced nearly as often as your brake fluid.

    In fact there isn't even a replacement interval specified by Subaru.

    i dunno, what does everybody think? Every 3 years or so?

    Oh, also DOT 3 is a minimum for the brake fluid (well, both really). Get a good DOT 4 fluid. Do a search and check out the Tech Ref sticky in Suspension and handling for suggestions.

    I personally recommend ATE Super Blue as a great combo of performance, durability and price. Though Valvoline SynPower is also a great choice that is readily available at most all parts stores - even WalMart, Target, KMart, Costco, etc.. It's also has a great performance/price ratio.

    Throw anything you want in the clutch - it doesn't make a whole lot of difference.

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    I finally installed my ss lines, speed bleeders, and new brake fluid. Thank you all for your helpful hints and installation procedures. It was easier than I expected. I thought I had to run the ss lines from the master cylinder to each caliper. It took me a while because it was my first time working on brakes and I did one wheel at a time. For the life of me I can't get the car on jackstands. I used ATE superblue and it made the job easier. The color of the old fluid changed from yellow to green and finally to blue. I couldn't see any small bubbles in the tube; maybe that's due to the complete system flush.
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    dot 3 or dot 4 works just fine i used 4

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