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I drained the transmission fluid instead of the oil in my

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I drained the transmission fluid instead of the oil in my 2015 Forester. Can i use a commercial transmission fluid and where is the location of the dip stick or opening to add the fluid.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.

This happens all the time. Unfortunately there is not a dipstick; there is a fill plug and it's a pain to get fluid in there.

Also, no there is nothing out on the market yet that meets all of the requirements of the subaru fluid. You could use a full sythetic CVT rated fluid from like valvoline, but I wouldn't. Only the Subaru dealer fluid will work correctly and maintain you warranty.

To add fluid the transmission has to be idling in park at about 180-195 degrees. You add the fluid at the fill plug until it dribbles out.

Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.

I attached a picture of the refill plug.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I lost contact and did not get all my questions answered.
Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.

Did any of my responses come through?

Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.

I just wanted to check and see if you need any additional info.