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    Is Providence oil from Rural King worth a try?

    They're running a sale on this oil and I'm coming up on an oil change on my brother's car. What say the experts? Thanks Addition: He has a 2016 Toyota Camry with around 45K miles.
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    2012 Ford Escape 2.5 i4 oil on spark plugs

    The second and third spark plugs had some oil on the tips and threads. Car has 50k miles. It has a slight jerkiness when cruising around 40mph. I think the jerkiness is gone, but the oil on plugs left me a little worried. Should I lose sleep over this?
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    There's something I don't understand about the transmission fluid drain and fill process on a 2015 Subaru

    2015 Subaru Crosstrek CVT I'm going to drain the fluid from the pan and then add approximately 4 quartz of fluid until it reaches the fill hole. Once the transmission temp gets between 95 and 113F, I'm going to shift from Park to Drive and then back to Park, and then add approximately 1.5...
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    2015 Subaru Crosstrek differential fluid change observation

    Let me start off by saying I almost cracked a rib trying to loosen the front differential fill plug, but the good Lord intervened and I still have my ribs intact. The front diff fluid was nowhere near as dark as the rear fluid. What gives? Moving forward, I'm tempted to change the front once...
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    Replacing PCV question

    2015 Subaru Crosstrek with 60K miles Subaru manual calls for Three Bond 1324 or equivalent. I'm confused; the equivalent is coming up as either a thread locker or a high temp liquid gasket. What do I need for this application? The Subaru part number is coming up as no longer available...
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    Can the coolant in the reservoir fluctuate from day to day?

    2015 Subaru Crosstrek A week ago I checked the coolant first thing in the morning and it sat between the cold and hot indicators in the reservoir tank. Today I checked it first thing in the morning and it's sitting right above the cold line indicator. There are no visible leaks anywhere and no...
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    What coolant is equivalent to Subaru Super Coolant Premixed?

    Or at least comes close to it? I don't think I have a leak, just some evaporation after four years. The OEM coolant (SOA868V9270) is $25.96 at the dealer. A little research shows there are a few manufacturers that make Asian blue coolant that's less expensive: Pentosin Pentofrost A3, Beck...
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    Passenger side air vents are significantly colder than driver’s side vents

    2015 Subaru Crosstrek with 59K miles. I have four a/c vents on the dash. The two on the passenger side are putting out air that is considerably colder than the two on the driver's side. This is NOT a dual climate control system. I checked the air mix actuator behind the glove compartment and it...
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    Brake fluid flush order on a Subaru Crosstrek

    I've always done it this way: rear RH > rear LH > front RH > front LH. However, the service manual states: front RH > front LH > rear LH > rear RH Is there any harm in doing it the old-school way of starting with the bleeder farthest from the master cylinder and working my way to the bleeder...
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    What size clear tube for flushing brake fluid on a 2015 Subaru Crosstrek?

    Will be doing a brake fluid flush on my Crosstrek in a month or so and I'm starting to research what I need. This will be a two-person flush, with one braking and the other managing the bleeder screw. What size clear tubing will I need to fit over the bleeder screw? Thanks.
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    Changing spark plugs on a 2015 Subaru Crosstrek

    Greetings, Seems like it's a ridiculously tight fit between the fender chassis and plug location, especially the rear driver's side. I'll be replacing the plugs with OEM NGK. I have a combination of different sockets and extensions, but I doubt I can get my torque wrench in there. Am I good...
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    Can I use this grease for brake maintenance?

    MAG1 Hi-Temp Disc Brake Wheel Bearing Grease. It's at lease 20 years old but it seems fine to me. I'm replacing the two front brakes on my Subaru Crosstrek next weekend and was wondering if I could use it for the pad clips, slide pins and back of pad shims. <img...
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    Harvest King 0w-20 from Rural King for 2015 Subaru

    Hello all, Rural King is running a special on their Harvest King Full Synthetic 0w-20 for 9.99 for 5 quartz. Should I stay away from this oil? I used to use their Rural King brand on my Subaru Crosstrek, but they no longer carry it. Thanks in advance.
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