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Apr 07, 2003 (7:03 am)
The '98 had the problem that I alluded to above. Check out NHTSA, I found complaints about the 2.5 RS tranny, and it was the 1-2 synchro.
Here, I found two:
Service Bulletin Number: 034899
VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS MAY EXHIBIT FIRST GEAR POPPING OUT WHILE DRIVING. *TT
Service Bulletin Number: 17
SUBJECT REGARDING SHIFTER RATTLE. *JG
Apr 07, 2003 (7:54 am)
Yes, getting into 1st can be tough at times even at a full stop. I've just got into the habit of applying light pressure on the shift lever just before I come to a complete stop so that it slides into 1st.
The shifter rattle (no surprise, I had that too) was caused by a bolt that was too long, IIRC.
I noticed that while the engine is warming up, I can get the rpms to change very slightly as I press on the clutch. When I clutch in, the rpms go up by a 100, when I clutch out, it drops the same amount. It goes away once the engine is warmed up.
Are the hydraulics for the clutch powered by the engine in anyway? I'm just looking for other clues to help the dealer today.
Apr 07, 2003 (1:31 pm)
The hydraulic clutch actuator is just a fluid replacement for a cable or lever type mechanical link. It is not boosted in any way.
I always thought that an adjustable vacuum booster such as found on the brake system would be great for the heavy cluch of my old truck, but I do not think such a thing exists.
#14403 of 19336 First gear reluctance
Apr 07, 2003 (4:42 pm)
To get first gear engaged without a problem move the shift lever straight over to the right as if you are selecting reverse (but not bringing the lever down into reverse - through the "gate"). Then bring it back to the left and select first. I have used this technique on my previous car ('91 Mazda 626 5-door) and the current '98 OBW. It works 99.999% of the time. Of course, you do this with the clutch pedal depressed. This maneuver has worked with or without the brake pedal depressed. While moving at really slow speeds I'll just double clutch into first.
Hope this makes sense.
#14404 of 19336 More - 1st gear reluctance
Apr 07, 2003 (5:15 pm)
Should have added that the shift lever isn't moved through the gate, but when the resistance of the gate is felt then move the lever back and into first.
#14405 of 19336 Re: Thumping noise from Legacy
Apr 08, 2003 (8:34 am)
After going to the following to try to track down the thumping noise from the driver's side front wheel in Susan's Legacy:
1) our local mechanic - possible bearing problem, tire looks good and in balance
2) our Subie mechanic - bearings are fine, no noise from them, listened with a stethoscope-like device
3) the local Bridgestone dealer, all the tires are fine
we are at a loss, but at least know the bearings are fine. The noise is still there and is an annoyance; it fluctuates with speed. What a strange problem...don't know what else it could be. Her car has approx. 17,600 miles.
Apr 08, 2003 (9:22 am)
to be sure it's not the tire itself, has anyone rotated them?
if so, I'd go for the bearing idea. you're well within warranty so I suppose you'll just have to wait until it gets louder before the dealer realizes what's up and fixes it.
Apr 08, 2003 (9:59 am)
I would be inclined to suspect the tire, I had an identical problem with continental tires, turned out the problem was an almost imperseptable flat spot on the tire.
It actually happened twice on these particular tires and it was a defect in the tire,they tried balancing countless times with no improvement,it was discovered after doing what Colin suggested, moving the suspect tire to another corner of the car.
Apr 08, 2003 (10:24 am)
They moved the original supect tire from the front to the back and the noise continues. Our Subie mechanic, who is a very good one and works only on Subarus, put the car on the lift with an assistant in the car, raised it off the ground and had the assistant bring the car up to various speeds while he listened with this thing...he heard no spected bearing failure noises, no strange vibrations or side-to-side movement.
I guess this is what is frustrating...not being able to pinpoint the problem; to make it worse, Susan hates strange noises while she drives...she keeps saying that there were no noises in her 10-yr old Camry wagon.
Maybe Patti can call in a SUPER-MECHANIC, able to leap over tall buildings.
Apr 08, 2003 (11:00 am)
The dealer called today and guess what -- they couldn't duplicate the problem.
The service advisor was kind enough to offer leaving it just one more day to try again.
It is intermittent so I took a gamble, but now I might get stuck with their "look at fee". What puzzles me is that I can get the RPM to vary with the clutch in/out everyday.