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#50 of 113 Clanking noise when going from Park to Reverse
Dec 01, 2008 (2:40 pm)
I just purchased a new 2008 Tribeca. My driveway has a slight incline. When I shift from Park to Reverse, I hear a clanking noise. When I am on a level surface the shifting is fine and there is no noise. When I discussed with the dealer's technicians, I was told this is normal, and to alleviate the noise to put on the emergency brake. I told the technician that the incline was very small and that I was really concerned. Especially when I have owned and rented many cars over a 20 year span. He again stated that this is normal for AWD Subaru's. Therefore I am inquiring if this is indeed "normal".
#51 of 113 Re: Clanking noise when going from Park to Reverse [garyphilip]
Dec 01, 2008 (3:05 pm)
I would hold the brake with your foot until the parking brake is set. That way the brake is holding the weight of the car, and not the transmission. This is a general recommendation I've heard, not Subaru-specific. Out of habit I do this will all my cars.
#52 of 113 Re: Clanking noise when going from Park to Reverse [ateixeira]
Dec 01, 2008 (5:42 pm)
This is normal, especially on a more pronounced incline, but you might consider trying the same scenario in a different Tribeca (test drive?) to see what happens. If it is the same in the same car, I would say it is normal. It should not harm anything, but peace of mind counts for a lot.
#53 of 113 Re: B9 Tribeca, Transmission Porblem. [1bcpastor]
Dec 02, 2008 (8:40 pm)
My problem has not showed up on any computer checks. It has been isolated to the torque converter. Subaru called me a week or so ago and advised me that they were changing the torque converter for me as they have had a few of these problems.
Let us hope this clears it.
thanks for your response.
#54 of 113 Re: Hesitation and vibrations between 2nd and 3rd gear [drpeace]
Dec 02, 2008 (9:46 pm)
I have the same problem with shifting between 2nd and 3rd. When engine is warm, and driving it slowly/smooth acceleration it sounds like it takes longer to switch to 3rd and unusual quiet skipping sound... however, when driving in the morning or when engine is cold, it does a hard shift with a loud noise (kind of like the rpm were not right during the switch) and it sounds like it is not good for the transmission. I had it inspected by the dealer several times and last time they adjusted the computer, which didn't help at all... I am getting ready to call them again and have them look at it(maybe take i for a drive with a mechanic)
If anyone had similar issues, please reply with results...
#55 of 113 2008 Tribeca Rough Shift
Dec 30, 2008 (12:41 am)
I have a 2008 tribeca with about 3700 miles and it also suffers from a rough upshift, (2nd-3rd) at around 2500 rpm. I first thought it was contributed to a after-market trans cooler (the dealer said have it removed because it is not needed). Now that I see others are having the same or similar issues perhaps it is a design flaw.
I am going to have the cooler removed but doubt if that solves the issue. I will keep you posted.
#56 of 113 Re: 2008 Tribeca Rough Shift [jimsimp3]
Jan 04, 2009 (10:12 am)
Please update us on the problem once you have it worked on.I have a 2008 Tribeca with about 2400 miles and just started to notice every once and awhile it feels different between 2nd and 3rd.It feels like it is shifting hard into 3rd.Thanks
#57 of 113 Re: 2008 Tribeca Rough Shift [jimsimp3]
Jan 04, 2009 (11:42 am)
I have the same problem with mine, plus the fact that the torque converter will not say locked up and seems to slip, though the transmission will not shift down into fourth.
They are putting a new tourque converter into mine....doubt that this will affect any of the rough shifts, though.
Seems that from all the complaints I see, that there is a design fault with this transmission.
I would be very surprised if removing the transmission cooler will improve the rough shift.....?
Have you noted any knocking from the front suspension? I have from day one. Also note that the steering stops cause a knock at full turn when turning full lock when doing slow maneuvers as with parking, etc.
#58 of 113 Re: 2008 Tribeca Rough Shift [sept2martin]
Jan 04, 2009 (12:15 pm)
I had the transmission cooler removed (it was a 3rd party model installed by U-Haul).
Surprisingly the transmission now shifts very smoothly and the engine revs at a lower RPM during normal driving. I did not mention that my gas mileage has been terrible since the cooler was installed. The engine seemed to rev at 2500-3000 RPM at normal speed. It now is around 2000 RPM.
#59 of 113 Re: 2008 Tribeca Rough Shift [jimsimp3]
Jan 06, 2009 (9:33 pm)
Oops I spoke too soon ! I noticed a little rough upshift today. It seems to occur on aggressive acceleration (not hard or drag racing) at 2500 rpm. If I "baby" it on acceleration there is no problem and it shifts very smoothly. I never noticed it before. I will test drive one some day to see if it is normal for this model. I hope not. My previous Toyota 4-Runners & Honda CRVs all shifted pretty smoothly.