Subaru ff-1/1300/1400/1600/1800/Brat 1970-1984 Repair Guide

Manual Transaxle



In all 4-speed, 5-speed and 4-wheel drive models the transaxle and drive axle share a common supply of lubricant. On 1970-73 vehicles the lubricant level should be checked at least every 3 months/3000 miles (5000 km), whichever comes first. For 1974-80 models check the level every 6 months/6000 miles (9700 km). On 1981-84 models, check every 6 months/7500 miles (12,000 km).

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Fig. Fig. 1 Recommended lubricant grades for the manual transaxle

Refer to the Capacities chart for the correct amount of lubricant the transaxle and drive axle in your vehicle needs. Use API GL-5 hypoid gear oil of one of the following viscosities:

SAE 90-above 30°F (-1°C)
SAE 85W-below 30°F (-1°C)
SAE 80W-below 0°F (-18°C)


The level is checked with a dipstick in much the same manner as the engine oil level. The dipstick is located on the right rear (passenger) side of the transaxle housing.

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Fig. Fig. 2 Manual transaxle dipstick location

Be careful not to confuse it with the engine oil dipstick, which is located on the same side of the engine. It may be necessary on some