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#173 of 182 Re: Transmission Fluid Flush [xwesx]
Nov 23, 2009 (6:52 pm)
"What is the process you perform when first switching the fluid to synthetic?... I would only drop the pan, replace the filter, and refill the fluid lost."
If you want to replace all the fluid, dropping the pan does no more than removing the drain plug. More than half the ATF remains in the transmission. To replace all the fluid, you must flush with the flushing equipment. The flushing equipment uses the engine running and the transmission operating, to remove all the old fluid.
#174 of 182 Re: Transmission Fluid Flush [aatherton]
Nov 24, 2009 (11:17 am)
I know.... that is why I flushed my ATF when I wanted to change to a different fluid. But, for the Caravan transmission anyway, the filter (inside the pan) is what needs replacing on a regular basis, not the fluid. Flushing just wastes an extra couple gallons of otherwise usable ATF.
In the post you referenced, I was asking Mike what his shop did when they first switched out the fluid to synthetic, as I would think a flush to be necessary at that point.
I am not opposed to flushing in any way.
#175 of 182 Re: Transmission Fluid Flush [xwesx]
Nov 25, 2009 (6:04 pm)
"... for the Caravan transmission anyway, the filter (inside the pan) is what needs replacing on a regular basis, not the fluid. Flushing just wastes an extra couple gallons of otherwise usable ATF."
Unlike the Caravan, the Foresters don't have an internal filter, just an internal screen.
The pre-2008 Forester AT has an external spin-on filter, but it is lifetime with no replacement schedule. The later Forester AT does not have any filter, retaining only the internal screen that is cleaned if the pan is removed for major service.
#176 of 182 Forester 5-speed
Jan 27, 2010 (1:21 pm)
I have a 2001 forester and it seems to be stuck in gear. The shifter still moves like it should. When shifter is in neutral the tranny is still in gear. It seems to be a higher gear like 3rd or higher. When in I shift to reverse it wont move at all. I have the car up in the air and everything with the linkage looks fine. Has anyone ever had this problem? And if so what is wrong?
#178 of 182 Transmission Problem?
May 25, 2010 (11:23 am)
#179 of 182 Transmission Problem?
May 25, 2010 (11:23 am)
I have a 2000 Subaru Legacy GT.
Very infrequently my car has been unable to engage/move when in Drive or any lower gears. However it has no problem engaging/moving when in Reverse.
The problem has gotten worse this past week where i will see this happening more often. However just last week i did not have any engage problems at all.
This happened to me once at 60k miles. I took it in, they flushed and refilled the Transmission fluid. I did not see the problem again up until recently, around 90-100k miles.
Is this a transmission problem? Is it too late for a simple fix/repair. I noticed the transmission fluid is a Brownish color. Level is good.
#180 of 182 Re: Transmission Problem? [milkman22]
Jun 01, 2010 (10:37 am)
"Brownish" color is definitely a bad sign. You might start with another flush and see how the car responds afterward. Do you drive this car hard or use it for towing? Under normal conditions, the fluid will typically last a lot longer than 30-40,000 miles unless there is a mechanical problem the is complicating things....
#181 of 182 Re: Transmission Problem? [xwesx]
Jun 01, 2010 (12:37 pm)
I'd do the same, especially since it helped last time.
#182 of 182 Re: Forester 5-speed [rxburn03]
Aug 29, 2010 (9:02 pm)
rxburn, did you ever get your problem fixed? I have the same problem. It gets unstuck if we push the car backwards. It has happened twice. First time they said it needed a new clutch. That was done and a month later it happened again.