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Video is live!

Met up with Blake from Blakes Garage and we did another video for the Crosstrek.

This time around it was maintenance (it can't always be fun and games!) AND since it was a DIY job, it saved over $300 from what I paid compared to what the dealer was going to charge.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqqHdPgC4jg
(one thing I did mess up on, you DO NOT need to do the in cabin air filter for the 30k. It slipped my mind and they are every 12k miles - so another reason mine wasnt too dirty in the video, I only had 5-6,000 miles on it haha!)



Parts I used:

-Oil - https://amzn.to/2X1EZdR
--First time trying Amazon Basics oil, will see how it goes.

-Oil Filter - https://amzn.to/2Wx3mk4

-Subaru Brake Fluid - https://amzn.to/2WAe6OC

-K&N Engine Air Filter (reusable) - https://amzn.to/2Ws1OTJ

- In Cabin Air Filter - https://amzn.to/2IAK3Nf

--I actually used an OEM filter. I bought a stack of them last time I was at the dealer. The linked above fit 2018 models with good reviews.
 

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I am new to the Subaru line of vehicles. Wonder why such an early brake fluid interval change?
It does seem early to me as well. But figured while I'm still under warranty, ill go by the book.

Once I'm out of warranty, Ill probably push fluid changes a bit longer (like oil closer to 10k instead of 6k miles).
 

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Normally people change brake fluid every 2-3 years. The reason is that one assumes it to be contaminated with water. Water will rot out brake lines and ruin master cylinders.

I learned recently that water contamination of brake fluid isn’t a given and the service intervals are largely imaginary. There are numerous tests for brake fluid.

I found this but immediately I bet there are many more like it.
https://www.brakebleeder.com/solutions/brake-fluid-testing/resources/copper-vs-water/
 

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Normally people change brake fluid every 2-3 years. The reason is that one assumes it to be contaminated with water. Water will rot out brake lines and ruin master cylinders.

I learned recently that water contamination of brake fluid isn’t a given and the service intervals are largely imaginary. There are numerous tests for brake fluid.
The main entrance point for moisture is in each of the calipers and much less from the fluid reservoir. So every 3 years I suck out the fluid in the reservoir with a small "turkey baster", refill with Valvoline DOT 4 from AutoZone and bleed out all four calipers 4-5 ounces each. Fluid comes out only slightly darker than the clear when it's new. (Fluid turns darker as it absorbs moisture.) From my experience, the DOT 4 seems to resist absorbing moisture much better than DOT 3.
 

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What is the order to bleed the wheels in ?
Since I'm not trying to bleed out air bubbles in the lines, I just start anywhere and go around to all 4 wheels and refill the reservoir as I go. However, I do take out a bit more from the front calipers because they are bigger than the rear ones. If this isn't the correct way, I'm open to any suggestion as to what is.
 
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