When the vehicle gets older, like your and my 2000 Foresters, it is much more important to change the fluid than the filter. Never changed the filter in my '96 Outback in the 210,000 miles I owned it. I changed the spin-on filter in my Forester when I first got it because the fluid showed signs of being overheated. If you want your transmission to last a long time be sure to change the fluid at least once a year. Just remove what comes out when you open the drain plug on the bottom of the transmission and replace with fresh Dexron. Should be about 4 quarts.
The transmission doesn't have a light. It functions just fine in the dark.
You don't "set" a timing belt. There is no adjustment, either it's right or it's not. You change a timing belt at whatever interval Subaru recommends for your Forester. --Ken
Just like changing engine oil only in a different location and with different oil.
get a pro to help
There is no speedometer cable to change. Subaru, like all modern cars, has an electronic speedometer. --Ken
Not to be unkind - but READ THE MANUAL.
Replace the bulb, had to change one myselfe.
Remove the plastic shield marked: "oil filter and oil drain" on the splash guard under the motor.Easy to reach easy to change.
The only person to ask is the one who agrees to take on the job. The best choice, by far, is to sell your 1997 automatic transmission Forester and buy one with a manual transmission. Or you could even scrap the one you have and buy the one that has the equipment that you prefer. In my opinion you will still spend less money. -- Ken
Follow the recommendation in your owner's manual.
Follow recommendations in your owner's manual.
Here's a video that demonstrates how to change the clock light. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L11UQk7G23U
I got the outer bearing and having problems removing the inner?
The advice that I was given is to change the oil annually and chances are your transmission will last the life of the vehicle. With that said, there is a drain plug on the transmission pan. Buy a 1-gallon bottle of Dexron III and you are ready to go. There is a spin-on filter on the same side of the transmission as the drain plug, and I have changed that filter but I don't think that it is necessary unless your transmission is already having trouble. --Ken
change trans oil at 15,000 interval
There is no mileage where one "has" to change the transmission fluid or filter. It is your car and you can do with it as you wish. The warranty manual for my 2000 Forester recommends changing the fluid every 15,000 miles when used under severe conditions. I recommend changing ATF yearly and you shouldn't need to change the filter unless it has been damaged. It is as easy as changing the engine oil, so why not do a little preventive maintenance? --Ken
Lock and unlock the driver door with the remote if the alarm is on because of a disconnected battery.
You didn't specify automatic or manual transmission Forester. I can only answer for the automatic. Drain plug is on the left (driver's side) of the transmission. You will need about 4, maybe 5 quarts of Dexron for refill. This is for a maintenance oil change, not if you are trying to cure some problem since you cannot drain the torque converter in this way. Yearly performance of this service is recommended. Since you are asking in this forum, it may be best to take your Forester to a professional to perform this service. --Ken
Every 30,000 miles
The oil in your subaru forester should normally be changed every 10000 miles or if diffrent will state it in your user manual. On most occassions the car will tell you when it is due for a service or oil change by displaying a symbol like a spanner that flashes or by some other form which will easily be recognized as a service.
Time to change a clutch depends entirely on who is doing it. If you want a quote of flat rate time, call a local garage or your Subaru dealer's service department.
This is listed in your owners manual. The change interval depends on if you have the CVT transmission, the 5 speed Automatic, or a Manual. Just open and read your owners manual.
Your owner's manual is the best guide here. Subaru doesn't change a lot in a few years so, assuming that location is the same as my 2000, it is near the firewall on the driver's side. Yellow handle that may be obscured by hoses that run above it. Just keep looking and you will find it.
Take it to a professional. If you are asking in this forum you do not have the equipment or skills necessary to work on an automotive refrigerant system.
Change it at the interval recommended in your owners manual. Every 75,000 miles is what most recommend.