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Changing Coolant 2004 Forrester

gretsch1943gretsch1943 Posts: 13
edited July 2014 in Subaru
How much trouble is it for DIY to change coolant on a 2004 Forrester?


  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    On my 1998 model it was fairly simple. There is a drain bolt you loosen near the bottom, but be very careful as it's plastic and you don't want to strip the threads. Loosen it slowly and don't overtighten.
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    Draining is easy. Filling is more complicated. Here is an exchange from another forum:

    Q: We don't have bleed openings on our Foresters either. What's the best way to get all the air out? Squeeze all the tubing a few times? Run very briefly and let it cool down; repeat many times? Other?
    A: I ran it about 5 miles then let it cool. Removed radiator cap and refilled. I repeated it a couple more times I believe. mostat-53935/#post601044
  • Thanks to all replies. I will give it a shot. Dealer wants $139 to do this.
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