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Old 06 Jan 2010, 02:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Heres a guide for any one wanting to service their own Impreza obviously different intervals and mileage different parts need to be changed at different times, but will try and cover everything.


If using a Trolley jack ALWAYS support car with Axle Stands that support the weight of your car and chocks for wheels.


1. Oil Filter.
2. Oil. Which ever is recommended for your car
3. Air Filter.
4. Spark Plugs.
5. Top up Wiper Washer Tank.
6. Top up Intercooler Tank.
7. Check Gearbox oil level change if needed.
8. Check Rear Diff oil level change if needed.
9. Fuel Filter, Inspect lines any cuts or frays in lines change them, check hose clips aswell if weakened.
10. Change Coolant if needed and check level and keep it to MAX, give it a once over for leaks common places is the rad and hose clips weaken causing it to leak.
11. Change Brake and Clutch Fluid if needed,check for leaks, top up if needed with DOT 4 OR whatever fluid is in the reservoirs as some change to DOT 5.1, DONT MIX fliuds with different brands try to stick with same brand in the reservoir if possible.
12. Inspect Brake pads all round also Brake shoes if worn, also check Brake lines for leaks near the caliper and rest of the lines.
13. Adjust Handbrake to 4-8 clicks if the handbrake rising to high adjust it dont tighten it below 4 clicks or to low as brake shoes might bind resulting hard to move car as brakes have binded. Dont leave handbrake get to high as you will not be able to work the handbrake.
14. Check Power Steering Fluid level, rarely needs replacing but if very dirty might aswell.
15. Check the Outer and Inner CV Joint Boots for cuts front and back of car you'll see grease coming out like a dirty dark green colour if one is cut.
16. Check Steering Boots for cuts and steering rack for leaks.
17. Check Oil Seals on gearbox you might see oil from where the driveshaft going into box also propshaft, if oil seeping from their more than likely the oil seal/s needs replacing, Check the Rear Diff Oil Seals aswell either side of driveshafts going to diff and propshaft side to.
18. Check Exhaust hanger rubber mounts for cracks or cuts, replace if a problem.
19. Check Balljoints somtimes rubber boots can tear, replace if a problem.
20. Check all suspension parts worn or cracked rubber bushings replace if a problem.
21. Check shocks for leakage as shock will have to be replaced then as it is worn out.
22. Check all bulbs outside the car.
23. Check play on wheel bearings rock all wheels 12-6 postion like hands on the clock if you get play 2-3mm play acceptable but anything more might need to be looked into further but normally hear them whine when their are starting to wear down.
24. Check when the Timing (Cam) Belt needs replacing DONT go over the service limit as serious engine damage will occur if the belt breaks, might be a case of pistons smashing your valves into pieces and will have to get a costly rebuild replace belt with a full kit.


Any one feel I left somthing out please tell me. Any one thats unsure of the above and want to carry out work on their own car PM me and I'll help you out I will get back to you, also can contact a specialist or a good mechanic if you unsure to do it yourself, so dont risk it if unsure of the above
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Old 06 Jan 2010, 02:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Might want to make this a sticky Pete
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Thanks Darren .. "sticky"
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whens the timing belt due for a change? I'm looking at getting a 03 wrx wagon. The guy didn't say anything about changing it since he's had it, and it has 96k on it. Just wondering if its like every other car out there and should be replaced every 70 to 75k.
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whens the timing belt due for a change? I'm looking at getting a 03 wrx wagon. The guy didn't say anything about changing it since he's had it, and it has 96k on it. Just wondering if its like every other car out there and should be replaced every 70 to 75k.
Link: Subaru suggested maintenance schedules
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