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#3257 of 19283 Automatic Transmission Nightmares!
May 10, 2004 (9:14 am)
My 1999 Legacy Outback has 88000 kilometers (about 45000 miles) and the transmission is a big problem. It's automatic and when i put the car into drive, it doesn't engage until i give it a lot of gas. then of course when it finally does engage, it jerks fairly violently. it will even shift out of gear and into neutral when i'm coasting to a stop at a light or something. it's getting fairly dangerous. these problems started happening the day after i took it in for a routine maintenance. is this a common subaru problem? any suggestions?
#3258 of 19283 Automatic Transmission Nightmares
May 10, 2004 (9:33 am)
Heather - What kind of "routine" maintenance? There's not a lot of stuff the dealer could mess up that would cause that problem. If on the other hand you said they serviced the transmission it wouldn't be much of a stretch from A -> B.
If you put it in drive and leave your foot on the brake, will it eventually shift w/o revving the engine?
May 10, 2004 (9:57 am)
Sounds like low fluid. I'd have it flushed and filled.
#3260 of 19283 re: AT shifts to neutral
May 10, 2004 (10:06 am)
Shifting to neutral in an AT for an extended stop (stress extended) will help keep the ATF temp. down from internal slippage & help save the torque converter. Power braking & rocking the vehicle from R to N, of course, really heats the fluid up.
I'm more concerned with heat than any minor clutch pack wear from shifting into a gear at idle.
May 10, 2004 (10:41 am)
Put on a B&M ATF cooler and call it a day. I race my Impreza L and never cooked my fluid yet.
#3262 of 19283 Re: Car seat installation question [dules #3245]
May 10, 2004 (11:58 am)
Without seeing the car seat (there's too many of 'em out there!), I can't tell you how to proceed. I'd suggest checking with your local city or county Health Department, or some local 'safe kids coalition' if one exists. The agencies here have a really good car seat referral program, as does one local Dodge dealership here. I might also suggest checking with your local police and/or fire department - they may have someone 'in-house' that can help or point you the right direction.
May 10, 2004 (12:01 pm)
Heheh...I'm past the stage of wanting to roll out w/ a tranny on my chest or bend over an engine all day long - unlesss it's absolutely necessary Yeah, you learn real quick how to start & drive clutchless owning a British car. I don't recall tinkering on the Mk VII saloon - only a neighbors '59 MK IX.
With all of my British cars including my '70 Rover 3500s, I usually read the tach & not the speedo (unless you averaged the needle swing . I've driven & worked on the 250 / TR-5 - don't you wish you still had the Mk III today? Actually, I much preferred my 3A over my 4A (had more character & liked the hand crank) & any of the 6 cyl TR's - preferred those old tractor engines. My 1275cc modified Spridget (Mini S head ported & relieved capable of very strong 7500 rpm pulls) was very competitively auto-x'd. Downshifts to 1st were rpm matched with a single clutch & a very quick hard blip by ear - only done at high rpm when required (just easier for me to do quickly). Fortunately, I never missed a shift - knew the car very well. My fiance insisted I trade my 3A & Spridget at the time for a more "family" oriented vehicle just prior to our marriage - so I bought a new '71 510 2dr that I raced (only 2002 tii's were better by a couple of tenths) - taught her how to "shift" later. My dad had tried to teach her in my 3A while at work (to my horror) & ground off 7 teeth in 1st...errr. Today, my wife doesn't like to shift (gave up trying to teach her how to match gears much less use 2 feet for 3 pedals simultaneously) so I run an auto in my XT - "in case she ever needs to drive it". So if I must need a quick downshift response in my AT's, I simply blip the thottle during the drive gear exchange...unless my ex-neighbor comes by in his MR2 wanting my opinion on his mods in a test drive... .
I won't go into my sob ('75 Saab 99 EMS).
#3264 of 19283 Re: Automatic Transmission Nightmares [lfdal #3258]
May 10, 2004 (12:38 pm)
the routine maintenance was just oil/filter change so i HIGHLY doubt that that and the transmission problem are related. i'll try doing the brake thing tonight and let you know how it goes.
#3265 of 19283 Re: Car seat installation question
May 10, 2004 (1:50 pm)
Agree with Paul on checking with local police/sheriff office on car seat installation.
Just this last weekend we attended a safety fair and the local police had a car seat check. We learned lots of little tips and the officer even demonstrated installation of the seat.
We thought we had everthing installed correct and were very close. We still learned a ton. Officer was great with kids and convinced my 7yr old that booster seats are cool and needed.
Tip #1: 6 year old car seat is too old. Plastic deteriorates on its own with time. Stress cracks develope too.
Tip #2: grab the car seat and wiggle it. If the carseat moves more than an inch without the car moving its too loose. You should be able to make the car shake too!
May 10, 2004 (3:03 pm)
First gear while slowly rolling forward: Always double clutch/blip the engine. Snick, slides right in.
I don't get it.
This, of course, is what we all did in the pre-synchromesh era. Why, exactly, was synchromesh invented if not to eliminate the double-clutch tapdance? Any well-designed all-synchro manual transmission should no longer require this pre-1970 song-and-dance routine.
I've been driving mostly MT since the '50s, some with non-synchro low, most fully synchronized. I have never double-clutched when changing into any synchronized gear since then, and I've never had a transmission (or clutch) fail since I outgrew my teen overexuberance decades ago.