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How often do I need to have fluids replaced?

Jiffy Lube is telling me that I need to replace many fluids in my 2004 Subaru Forester with 38K miles in it about every 4 oil changes. This includes Radiator Service, Auto Trans Service, Rear Differential Service, Front Differential Service and Transfer Case Service all for about $250. Apparently Subarus are unique in the these services (liquids) need to be changed more frequently than in other cars and will keep it running for a long time, especially since the car has low miles on it. How often do I need to have these services done?


  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,925
    How often it needs to be changed is not an easy question to answer, necessarily. By default, the manufacturer-recommended interval. If your car has never had these replaced and is an '04, now is not a bad time to do it (even with low miles).

    I don't think I would base it on oil changes or you will certainly end up over-paying.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I would have said 60k miles, but you're right, a 2004 model is pushing 8 years of age, it's time.
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