At same moment that happened, it started to idle roughly if in gear, but not if in neutral. She continues to do the trans fush and change filter and fluid every time it occurs but the jolt she gets when it engages is very disturbing. This may be excessive, but it is his opinion that the service is way cheaper than a transmission, and he knows he drives it hard up to the mountain. Here in the Midwest, that's not always fun in the winter. Hear from other customers via the 7,310 reviews on parts for your Subaru Forester.
Step 3: Place drain pan under the transmission drain bolt. With the miles on the car, I have the suspicion that the fluid change disturbed some of the sludge that built up on the bottom of the pan so that there are some partial blockages within the various passages in the transmission. So, please check the fluid and report back to us on your findings. My 2000 Forester with about 87,000 miles can happily go all day in reverse but on first start up, forward drive does not engage right away. You got off luck this time, might not be so luck next time.
You put the fluid in the same tube as the dip stick occupies. The transmission capacity is somewhere around 3. I only am accused of thinking I do. Again, please note that this is something I heard several years back, and might be incorrect - I'm just trying to throw some thoughts out there. I think the owners manual states only the total capacity. Risk to repair is probably greater than the risk to leave it alone, completely pointless. I called the garage, and they stated that they put around 2.
Have you looked at the fluid clear and light or dark, dirty and smelling like something burned? From checking things out, I believe that this has to be done through the dipstick tube. Seems to be related to the catalytic converter, at least that is what we have been told. Some changes may need to be done for other models. The radiator is a heat exchanger that receives warm coolant and passes it through a series of coils surrounded by fins. This was the first time for trans fluid change. Due to those, pressure is not what it should be, and the transmission slips badly until things warm up and the problem eases at that point but does not go away.
Does anyone know what causes this and a fix? It began at just over 60K and has continued intermittently since then. The same rule applies to engines. Since the pump uses the fluid for lubrication and cooling, running without fluid will quickly wear and destroy the pump. If the transmission fluid level on your Forester is low, you need to add fluid through the dipstick tube. I found a great item at pep boys that has flexible tubing -Drain pan Optional Items.
What are your thoughts on this attempt at diagnosis? My old '97 Outback—which is now in the possession of a relative—has something over 170k on the odometer, and its transmission is still functioning as it was designed. Clearly, the local garage was used to working with Detroit designs, where the auto transmission dipstick and filler are on the passenger side of the engine. And actually it's designed to last the life of the trans, from everything I've read. In some cases, this repair may be as simple as replacing a hose or tightening a clamp. This drives home the fact that this is the only vehicle that I have, and should it be down for any period of time, I'm stuck, unless I either walk to work or use my bicycle. I think that this difference puts the economics of proper maintenance in perspective. You may need to raise the car to do this.
Putting it into reverse results in loud clattering noise and vibrations. I let my car drain overnight. From previous posts, I think what needs to be done is for the transmission to be power flushed, and for the external transmission filter to be replaced. I don't remember how many quarts but that may vary anyway. The same thing happened when driving in to the office this morning. I have a two mile commute, thankfully. Since the transmission was slipping worse than in any car I've ever been in, I decided to take the plunge.
You also did not tell us if you recently checked the transmission fluid, and if so, what the level and the color of that fluid is. So far, this has been a fairly trouble free car, and it has been a good choice all the way around. Step 6: Clean off the drain plug of any metal shards connected to it and replace. I'm kind of concerned about the condition of the transmission, also. When the transmission fluid was changed, the exterior filter was not replaced. First, let me say that this looks like a really nice forum! I asked a friend who owned an operated an automatic transmission shop for many years.
In fact, it was due for another transmission fluid change at the 7. Step 2: Jack up car, place jack stands under the car. He stated that the service materials indicated that it would take a little while for the circuitry to reset and it would then stop. First, I have checked the transmission fluid levels, and it does appear to be low. Cockatoo wrote in message news:3B58D6D7.
Thanks for all the information. It is very easy to do a lot of expensive damage to these cars through ignorance or neglect. Make sure that you check the level with the engine running. Should I ask them to check differential fluid? When you drain the fluid via the drain plug on the driver's side of the transmission, refill is about 4 quarts. How to change the transmission fluid on a Subaru 5 speed manual transmission.