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I drained 4 quarts of fluid from what looked like the transmisson drain plug. when i went to install new fluid my dip stick was still showing full, cleaned and tried twice more with the same results. crawled back under the car and looked around and saw another much larger drain plug on the transmission closer to the engine. how do i get oil back in the part that i drained? Th car is a 2006 subaru tribeca b9.

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  • mmackay1 Aug 21, 2010

    Thank you very much. when you talked about the diff. i went back out to the car and found that i was checking the wrong stick. THE TRANSMISSION DIP STICK IS ON THE DRIVERS SIDE IN THIS CAR. I think i will get a service manual now.

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I think you have drained the diff unit ,look for a filler on that unit ,?¿ now start engine and put handbrake on ,chock wheels then put in reverse and then check fluid level ,this will circulate the oil and if iam right the oil level should drop as it fills the diff unit if it does then drain both plugs and then refill .if it doesnt drop then it must have its own filler plug and be seperate unit which if it is it will require EP90 gear oil which is thick and very smelly .but try running it in reverse first like stated and see if the level drops as you have stated that it seems like auto transmission oil so it could be its filled from the gearbox but has two drain plugs to empty the whole unit ,personally i never drain a auto box as they never get dirty as such as its only a hydraulic system with no combustion residue ,unless the brake bands and clutches wear to excess then its full of bits from them which means its a overhaul job ,depending if the parts are available ?? or only an exchange box from dealer .

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    Colin Stickland Aug 22, 2010

    glad to have helped even if didnt get it right as such but you will appreciate that when i was young their wasnt many makes of vehicles compared to now ,i do not have product knowledge to help everyone with specific vehicles especially american monster cars with engine as big as what we use in europe to pull a 40tom GVW truck .Love watching ice road truckers though .But at the end of the day its got 4 wheels and an infernal combustion engine so the principle is the same i will have a go fixing it.

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