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So I'm almost there, and my dealership does it for $529.95. It includes oil change, transmission fluid change, differential fluid change, cooling system service, and a performance tune up. I plan on doing everything myself, but I was wondering if the cooling system inspection and "performance" tune up were necessary?
 

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For the cooling system, i would just drain the system, refil, pressure check the system and make sure to burp the system COMPLETLEY with the heater on full blast. As for the tune up, the only thing i can think they are going to change is the plugs. You can probaly do that your self. If you need anything else, just ask me.
 

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Thanks a lot man :) Now, here's where I sound like a newbie. This is the first car that I've owned where I've popped the hood more than twice. How do I drain, refil, and pressure check the cooling system...also I assume the cooling system is the radiator and what not, right? Sorry if this requires a long reply...any help is much appreciated :)
 

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To drain the system, there should be a petcock on the radiator--you know what let me go check............... I cant see one so somebody else is going to have to check or you can just take off the lower radiator hose (that will be messy). As for refil, fill it at the highest point of the system (radiator cap). Now there is a cooling system "burper" that you can buy, but the low cost way is to fill the system until its like 2 in below the top of the cap. Then, turn your heater on full blast and start the car. You should see bubbles coming up- dont let the coolant level get too low. Every couple of seconds, squeeze the radiator hoses so no bubbles collect. Do this until the fans turn on and the thermostat opens. Top off the system and to pressure test the system, you need a cooling system pressure tester. In my proffesional opinion, you really dont need to pressure test it unless its loosing coolant.
Whew..... any more questions, ask.
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Corey, you are awesome :D Thanks a bunch man :)
 

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Where the [email protected]#!$ is the radiator/coolant drain plug?? I searched under the car for like 2 hours looking for it...and struggled with the terrrible pics in the manual and the service guide. What side of the car is it on? I take it that its probably right under the radiator...I need some ramps :(

In the process...i saw the silencer and decided to take it out. Sounds nice...however there is defintely a power loss...feels like my car was castrated. I think i'll hack it next week even though I am sure that it won't make much of a difference. I may try to reset the ECU....thats near the passenger side seat, correct? And what's the reset process...a simple button? Nah...it can't be that easy :)
 

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to reset the ECU, Just disconnect the battery, open the door and hit the brakes a couple times. Leave it disconnected for like a minute. As for where the drain plug is located, ill have to put the car on my lift and check. Ill see if i have time to do that today.
 

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Where the [email protected]#!$ is the radiator/coolant drain plug?? I searched under the car for like 2 hours looking for it...and struggled with the terrrible pics in the manual and the service guide. What side of the car is it on? I take it that its probably right under the radiator...I need some ramps :(
The drain plug is on the passenger side of the car. You need to take off the splash shield (3 bolts and 4 clips IIRC). You'll see it right on the bottom corner of the radiator. . .kind of like a wing nut.

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WRXin'- what are your mods????
Uppipe, dp, EBC, catback, intake, and BOV...why do you ask?
 

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Able Knight said:
Where the [email protected]#!$ is the radiator/coolant drain plug?? I searched under the car for like 2 hours looking for it...and struggled with the terrrible pics in the manual and the service guide. What side of the car is it on? I take it that its probably right under the radiator...I need some ramps :(

In the process...i saw the silencer and decided to take it out. Sounds nice...however there is defintely a power loss...feels like my car was castrated. I think i'll hack it next week even though I am sure that it won't make much of a difference. I may try to reset the ECU....thats near the passenger side seat, correct? And what's the reset process...a simple button? Nah...it can't be that easy :)
This may help you out http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=10988
 

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just thinkin how much you could benefit from a iridium plug change.
My friend got NGK brand Iridium plugs on his MR-2 and they went bad in less than a month. I would go with Platinums.
 

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Yeah Calvin...I looked there...took all of the splash guards off...still I could not find it. Can anyone post a pic of the location of the plug? Is it accessible without lifting the car? Thanks.
 

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Unfortunately, I don't have any pics. When I did my coolant, I drove the car up on ramps. Not sure if you could see it without lifting the car as I'm lowered about 2" in the front so I pretty much have to always lift the car for any work. I do remember that you'll have to look up and in to see it, otherwise the metal frame gets in your way. It's pretty obvious once you get under the car though.

Where are you in NJ? I'm in Marlboro, if you're close I could drop by and show ya.

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BoostedBoxer said:
just thinkin how much you could benefit from a iridium plug change.
iridium plugs are total snake oil. stay away from them. they have a very high failure rate. stick w/ the factory platinum, copper, or maybe a step colder.

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Yeah I had the car jacked up on the front passenger side...heh but I was afraid to get too far under it. I'll go buy some ramps.

Marlboro, huh? I grew up in Freehold and now i'm in Hamilton Twsp.
 

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You definitely need to either elevate the entire front end or raise and lower the front passenger side in order to change the coolant. If you just raise the front passenger side, a lot of coolant will pool on the driver's side of the radiator.

My fiance is in Princeton Junction and I'm usually down there on the weekends. Should be pretty close to where you are so if you need some quick assistance, I can probably drop by and point it out to you. I don't think you'll have any problems once you get under the car though. Just pick up a set of Rhino ramps from Pep Boys. . .got mine pretty cheap from there.

Calvin
 
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