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How to Check Engine Fluids 11-16 Subaru Impreza

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  1. step : Checking the Brake Fluid (0:20)
    • Twist the brake fluid reservoir cap off counterclockwise
    • Check the brake fluid level, using a flashlight if necessary
    • Check that the brake fluid is between the minimum and maximum lines
    • Check that the brake fluid is clear or an almost yellow color
    • If the brake fluid is murky or dark, drain and refill it
    • Twist the brake fluid reservoir cap on clockwise
  2. step : Checking the Washer Fluid (1:14)
    • Pull off the washer fluid reservoir cap
    • Fill the reservoir with washer fluid
    • Snap on the washer fluid reservoir cap
  3. step : Checking the Coolant (1:35)
    • Wait for the engine to cool
    • Twist the coolant reservoir cap off counterclockwise
    • Check the coolant level, using a flashlight if necessary
    • Add coolant to the reservoir up to the cold fill line
    • Twist the coolant reservoir cap on tight clockwise
  4. step : Checking the Oil (1:59)
    • Pull out the oil dipstick
    • Clean off the oil dipstick
    • Insert the oil dipstick
    • Pull out the oil dipstick
    • Check that the oil level is between the low and full marks
    • Insert the oil dipstick
    • Twist the oil fill cap off counterclockwise, to add oil
    • Add oil as necessary
    • Twist the oil cap on clockwise

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Right here is the brake master cylinder, and it takes DOT3 brake fluid, as you can see on the cap. Inside you want the fluid to be a yellow color, almost like apple juice. If it's not, you're going to want to replace it. Typically, they say that every three years you should be replacing your brake fluid. Not many people do, but it is good practice because brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means it takes on water and absorbs water out of the air. That makes your braking not work so well. You always want to have new, nice, clean fluid in your master cylinder. On the side of the master cylinder you can see the minimum level and the maximum level. You want your fluid to be in between those so that you can obviously stop appropriately.

Towards the front of the engine and the front of the battery is your washer fluid right here. It can pretty much be filled nearly to the top. There's not really a minimum or a maximum on that because it's just washer fluid. It doesn't really do anything super important.

Right here is your coolant overflow reservoir. This is where you want to put your coolant if it is low. Down on the bottom of the coolant overflow reservoir you can see there's a low and a high mark. It's a little bit tough to see, but right here is the low mark, right here is the full mark. You want to be somewhere in between there with the engine warm.

Over here you've got your engine oil filler. These are always a little tough to open on Subarus for some reason. I think it's the rubber seal on them. This is where you put your engine oil if you're doing an oil change or if you're just topping it off. In this case, you can see the cap says 0W-20 right here, so that's what type of oil it takes. Right over here is the dipstick for the engine oil. You can wipe it off with a clean rag. Ideally you want your oil level to be in between these two dots, so we'll check it. Looks like it's actually a little bit above.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Engine Oil

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