Needed maintenence

subaru
forester

#1

Does my 2005 subaru forester need the power steering, brake system and transmission flushed as routine maintenance?


#2

If it’s a Suburu? You want to do anything that MIGHT make that thing last.

But there’s no guarantee!

Tester


#3

The manual’s pretty complete in describing what you need to do, with the exception of transmission fluid changes. I just did mine at 45k.


#4

A 2005 is now about 5 to 6 years old. Most mfg’rs recommend brake fluid changes every 3 years for cars with ABS brakes and traction control systems. You are due for your second brake fluid change.

If the transmission fluid has never been changed, it is due. 5 years is likely more than 30K miles and therefore it is due or overdue.

Power steering systems need less maintenance. I usually do not change power steering fluid. Changing the PS fluid at 5 years isn’t going to hurt.

Order of priorities; brake fluid first, transmission a close second, and PS a distant 3rd.


#5

Subaru included an owner’s manual with your car. In that manual it list all the needed maintenance, with one possible exception. I would suggest changing (not flushing) the transmission fluid (including cleaning the filter) about every 30-50,000 miles for cars with automatic transmissions.

Generally any flush (other than brakes) is an unnecessary profit tool)