Join Date: Jan 2019
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A word to the wise
Let me start by saying I've only posted once and that was to get advice on 2.5 vs 3.6. Thanks for the advice, I ended up getting a clean 2016 2.5 limited in Feb. I have always tried to do my own maintenance on my vehicles so I thought perhaps I would try to do a front a rear diff fluid change.
The rear was easy and no problem at all. The front is what I'd like to warn everyone about. I have had the pleasure of reading about what I did on forums only after I performed the mistake and it sounds like I'm not the only person who has done something this boneheaded.
The Drain and fill level plugs are easy to find. I removed what I thought was a diff fill plug on the driver side on the differential. It honestly appeared logical that it was the fill plug but turns out it actually goes into the cvt. It isn't even the cvt fill plug, but some other plug they placed there for some strange reason.
Luckily I figured out something was wrong after over 2 quarts of oil went in and nothing came out the fill level hole. I never wanted to touch the cvt but I felt i had no choice unless I wanted to pay to have a flatbed come and take my car to a dealer and have them work on it. So I ended up draining the pan on the cvt, went to the subaru dealer bought more cvt fluid, and then ran one quart of cvt oil to help push out any remaining gear oil, then put the plug and new washer back in. Luckily I never started the car so there shouldn't be any contamination but It still bothers me there is probably a trace amount of gear oil still left. I then read up on how to correctly fill the cvt back up which I hope I did correctly. Then of course I used the correct hole to fill the front differential. I was extremely mad at myself for not doing a little more research on where the fill plug is at but at the same time I'd sure appreciate it if subaru would have marked that plug somehow. My pride is hurt, I don't trust myself doing my own maintenance as much anymore, and I have this sick feeling in my stomach I perhaps have caused some long term damage. I'm thinking about taking the car to the dealer and having them do a cvt fluid change shortly. This mess up is becoming expensive.
So please if you decided to do this yourself, don't do what i did.