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    Oil drain plug close to tranny plug?

    I've heard from dealers that sometimes generic shops will mistake the wrong plug for the oil drain plug and end up emptying your gear oil. I popped my head under the car and the only obvious plug I could find (without jacking up) was the oil drain plug. The oil drain plug is the plug that is at an angle attached to the black metal container, and is pointing in the general direction of the oil filter right? Or is there a hidden true plug that subaru felt they must hide so we would not be able to change our oil somewhere else.. of course there is also the possibility that it's an urban legend.

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    Any shop makes that mistake is populated by mentally defective mechanics. Trust me.

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    I could see getting mixed up if you have an auto trans since the pan drain plug is quite visible when you look under the car from the drivers side and it has a filter that looks a lot like a regular oil filter only smaller ($30 from your smiling Subaru parts counter ). I wouldn't admit to actually making this mistake myself but just that I changed my ATF to synthetic very early in my car's life (3000mi -- a lot earlier than I intended to)

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    Just FYI - the reason that AT filter is so expensive, is that its not supposed to be replaced... ever. It should last the life of the car.

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    Originally posted by NJSubieTech
    [B]Just FYI - the reason that AT filter is so expensive, is that its not supposed to be replaced... ever. It should last the life of the car.
    That is interesting. I wonder about a couple of things though. If it were never meant to be replaced, why did Subaru make it so easy to replace. I have had several other brands of cars (Toyotas mostly) with auto trans and those never had filters that could be easily accessed. At best if you even wanted to clean the filter/strainer you had to drop the pan to get to it. Also why would my Subaru dealer have them in stock if they were almost never needed? Other items like uppipe gaskets have to be ordered. I could understand if it were to be replaced at long service intervals like 100K or so or after severe use like towing a houseboat or something. Just wondering

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    Re: Oil drain plug close to tranny plug?

    Originally posted by Retro
    I've heard from dealers that sometimes generic shops will mistake the wrong plug for the oil drain plug and end up emptying your gear oil.
    I'll admit that I'm no mechanic and I did this to my parents Subaru with automatic transmission. Being young, dumb and full of (MUC) I thought I was Mr. ASE Mechanic.

    ......"Sure mom and dad, the oil change will take 10-15 minutes...no problem"....."Okay Mr. ASE Mechanic Son go ahead and drain the oil"

    Oh, God!! The horror of seeing red fluid coming out instead of dark spent oil. I couldn't even get the tranny oil plug back on in time.

    Now I'm older, wiser with a pocket full of Viagra. (Ahhh, the joys of growing up as a Mr. Know It All.)

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