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subaru transmission problems

reriverarerivera Posts: 1
My 98 forester kept overheating and was told the headgasket needed to be replaced. I took it in to the dealership and they said it would be ready in two days. Got a call from the service manager who wanted to know if I had had any problems with the transmission. Any hesitation, jerking, loss of acceleration. I said no, it's always had a smooth ride. Well when they put everything bakc together, it would not shift to drive or any gear. It's automatic. The manager said he had never seen this before, and that the only thing he could see was a dent on the transmission fluid pan, and has taken the car to a transmission specialist. I am very upset because I don't understand how the transmission could be messed up when they weren't even working on it. They also seem to be implying that I will be responsible for the repair cost. How could this have happened, any ideas?
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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sounds suspicious - maybe they didn't handle their lift correctly, and jacked up the car under the transmission instead of using the jacking points.

    Seems likely they may have caused the damage themselves. :sick:
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    I was thinking something similar. Did they remove the engine for the repair, or perform it in the engine bay? Removal would require that support be given to the transmission, so it could be damaged there as well.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    True...good point.
  • subarugurusubaruguru Posts: 18
    I WOULD AGREE WITH EVER ONE ELSE IF IT IS DENTED IT CAN STARVE THE TRANSMISSION/PICKUP FROM FLUID AND CAUSE LOW FLUID PSI . IT IS ALSO POSIBALE THAT THE VALVE BODY IS CRACKED IT SETS ABOUT THE 1.5 INCHES ABOVE THE TRANS PAN AND IF A LOT OF PRESSURE WAS PUT ON THE PAN THIS A POSIBILTY . IF YOU HAVE ANY WORK DONE ASK TO SEE THE OLD PARTS THEY DONT LIE . LOOK FOR FRESH MARKS IN THE PAN SCRATCHES IF THEY WERE OLD THEY WOULD BE RUSTY. ONE LAST NOTE DURING REPAIR IF ENGINE WAS TAKEN OUT THE (SHURE IT WAS) CONVERTER SOME TIMES COMES OUT AND THERE IS A WAY OF GETTING IT IN ALL THE WAY ( 3 NOTCHES GOES IN ABOUT A 1/4 INCH EACH NOTCH) LETS SAY IT ONLY GOES IN 2 NOTCHES WHEN THE ENGINE IS IN STALLED IT COULD CRACK THE PUMP HOUSING CAUSING A INTERNAL FLUID PSI DROP. GOOD LUCK AND ASK FOR THE OLD PARTS !!!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    yeah we re-installed an engine inproperly in my dad's AT subie and I bought him a new trans...

    -mike
  • terrys5terrys5 Posts: 3
    Can any one tell me what the hold switch does to the auto transmission.. I no what the power does . to me it seems to take off in second gear.
  • Hello readers!!!!
    Hoping you can help me source solenoids 'C' & 'D' for the SG5 Forester models after 2003 in America.
    Also prices which I would expect to pay.
    Any address or e-mail address would be very helpful for me.
    Thanks in anticipation....Trinny (steve@crism.com)
  • I have a 1999 forester with 180000 miles. Since 100000 miles, the transmission has had a delay when first putting it in drive. Now the delay is longer and sometimes may take 5 to 10 seconds and still will not engage until the rpms hit 2500. Since this is my first Subaru, I thought it might just be a problem due to the mileage. But recently I met another person who is having the same problem with the same year of forester with less miles. Any suggestions?
  • Recently, the turbocharger on my Forester scorched a bearing due to an oil seal that let loose. The dealer wanted $2380 for a stock turbocharger plus installation of $400. The car has 70000 miles and is out of warranty. Since I am a pretty good mechanic, I have decided now is the time to upgrade to a ball bearing turbocharger for better efficency and more HP. There are so many after market companies that I don't know which turbo charger to buy. I would like to keep the price under $1500 but am willing to spend more if someone convinces me that it is money well spent. Any suggestions?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Ask in the Subaru Crew - Modifications thread. People won't be looking here for questions like yours.
  • My 99 Forester is doing the exact same thing. It goes into reverse fine but has a delay going into any forward gear. Any help on this would be appreciated. Has only 77k miles.
  • phil39phil39 Posts: 1
    Hi, I have the exact same problem with my 2000 out back. Goes into reverse fine but delays going into any forward gear. Has about 125K miles. Just wondering if you came up with any solutions?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    If you drive backwards all the time, it feels like a Porsche. ;)
  • I had the same problem with my old 99 Forester at 78K miles. Dealer said I need a new tranny. So I traded that in with a new car.
  • robidobirobidobi Posts: 1
    I have the same problem with my 2000 Forester and it is very frustrating..I took it into a Subaru service place and they flushed the transmission fluid but that didn't help. It happens sporatically, but mostly when the engine is cold so I can't seem to get help with this problem.It is very annoying.My car has 78,000 miles.
  • ostrichostrich Posts: 1
    My mother-in-law has a 97 subaru. The last time she went to drive it she had trouble going from PARK to REVERSE. Once she got it into reverse and backed out of the driveway, she couldn't get it into DRIVE. She got rough on the gear shift and finally got it into drive and just pulled it back down the driveway. Now I can't get the engine to turn over. The gear shift will only move to NEUTRAL if I use a screwdriver and manually depress the safety switch. Any suggestions to why it won't turn over? Why it won't shift between all the gears? Car has 117K
  • wcwilliamswcwilliams Posts: 11
    I have a 2002 Forester, 60,000 miles, AT. Recently, while executing very sharp turns at very slow speeds, the car began to hesitate, almost as if the transmission was binding up or seizing.

    My mechanic has isolated the problem a bit, by taking the tranny out of "all wheel 4 wheel drive" and putting it in front wheel drive. Essentially, he said that there was too much pressure being applied while the car was in all wheel drive. He thinks the problem might be with the electric solanoid that is in the front transfer case, but he's gotten stalled because he didn't have the electronic specs diagram for 2002 models.

    Has anyone experienced this type of problem? Is it the solanoid that's failing to get the signal to transaxle to release pressure, or could it be a problem with entire transmission?

    Does he have to take out the whole transfer case to get to the transmission to repair or replace this solanoid, or is there a way to test it without unpacking thr tranny?

    Any thoughts or help would be appreciated!!!
    Thanks, :sick:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You can test his theory pretty easily - insert the FWD fuse and see if it behaves differently.
  • wcwilliamswcwilliams Posts: 11
    Forgive me for being thick about this--is there a direct link between each fuse and the solenoids??
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    No, what I mean is that there is a FWD mode, you insert the fuse pictured below, and is disengages the rear axle.

    Then drive it, and observe closely to see if you detect any difference.

    If you do, then it's definitely caused by the AWD system.
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