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#113 of 587 1999 subaru legacy transmission problem and ?
Dec 04, 2007 (3:11 pm)
My 99 Legacy has many miles on it,like to the tune of 160,000. While driving I thought the clutch was slipping so it was brought into a garage to be checked. Sure enough they felt the clutch was going so a new clutch was installed along with turning the flywheel and new throw out bearing.The car seemed to drive fine for about a week and then it started slipping again.It was brought back and a new flywheel installed and another new pressure plate and so on. Well the problem still persists.It is very evident in 1st thru 4th gear and reverse, but when in 5th gear it drives fine even when bogged down. Now I wonder if it could be something else,so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to what may be causing this.It also seems that the all wheel drive is not working as it should.Appreciate any help.
#114 of 587 Re: 1999 subaru legacy transmission problem and ? [ncassidy]
Dec 05, 2007 (9:55 pm)
Seen this a lot of times. Most likely the master and/or slave cylinder for the clutch.
#115 of 587 Re: 1999 subaru legacy transmission problem and ? [paisan]
Dec 06, 2007 (4:29 am)
I thought of that too, but wouldn't you know the clutch is cable operated and not hydraulic. Now I am wondering about the center differential clutch pack. I guess it comes down to whether the car is worth putting any more hard earned cash into it.
#116 of 587 Re: 1999 subaru legacy transmission problem and ? [ncassidy]
Dec 06, 2007 (4:58 am)
Hmm it has a cable? That is odd, I was pretty sure by 99 it had gone to hydrolic by then.
One last question before giving up, did you happen to install an exedy clutch? I ask because some friends of mine did a full flywheel, clutch kit, Master/Slave cylinders, etc. on a 99 2.5RS and they are having similar issues. Through their research they read that the exedy clutchs have a small screw that needs to be removed on the pressure plate prior to installation (we/they had never heard of this) and are in the process of removing and re-installing it.
#117 of 587 Re: 1999 subaru legacy transmission problem and ? [paisan]
Dec 06, 2007 (2:54 pm)
I will find out te brand of clutch plate used. It just strikes me as strange that if the car is in 5th gear it does not slip at all. I drove it and bogged it down in 5th to about 25 mph and it did not slip while picking up speed. It only happens in 1st through 4th and reverse. I would think if it was a screw that needed to be removed then it should happen in all gears. That is why I am leaning toward the center differential clutch pack, if it even has one of those. You know years ago an old car with high miles would nickel and dime you to death, well those nickels and dimes have greatly increased.
#118 of 587 Re: 1999 subaru legacy transmission problem and ? [ncassidy]
Dec 06, 2007 (4:19 pm)
Perhaps it's the cable adjustment, although I highly think that you'd already have checked that out.
I've had bad clutches that only slipped in the lower gears.
I also highly doubt it's the center diffy.
Here is another question. When it is slipping do you get the typical burnt clutch smell? I don't think you'd get that smell if it is the center diffy.
#119 of 587 Re: 1999 subaru legacy transmission problem and ? [paisan]
Dec 06, 2007 (4:46 pm)
It does have a smell to it albeit not a burn't clutch smell. I am familiar with that odor. The garage that put the clutch in believe it is the transmission or something in there that is screwed up.It almost acts like the first 4 gears are spinning on the shaft they are attached to.The guys at the garage have done a lot of Subaru clutches and they are reputable.They even took it all apart and stuck in a new fly wheel and new pressure plate. Still does the same thing. I actually drove the car home the other night and it hardly made it up my driveway. Had to get a rolling start to make it up.
#120 of 587 2005 Subaru Outback Transmission Problems after 8 months of having it, new
Dec 30, 2007 (6:20 am)
Hi Guys, I have a 2005 Subaru Outback, close to the first year of having this car, it presented transmission problems, the transmission slips, usually making a right or left turn. To make a long story short, the local dealer had changed the trans twice, its good for a while and then the problem comes back.It cant be the transmission because it was replaced twice. A regional manager from Subaru came to the dealer and we went for a test drive and believe it or not he said that it was a nomal condition and I have to give chance to the computer to respond, BS. I've been driving cars since I was 15 and never experienced anything like that so I said to the manager, its like me telling you to use a computer and not to hit the enter hit too fast otherwise the computer will fail, he did not say anything. I know he was covering the company. There is something wrong with this car. Any help will be appreciated it.
Jan 03, 2008 (12:11 pm)
My Subaru Legacy outback has 79K miles. Last week "check engine" light came ON and I found the speedometer not working. Took to my garage where they changed' speed sensor' unit but Speedo still not working. Suggested I drive home and bring back for further check after New Year Holidays etc. Driving home (barely two miles) experienced loud metallic clanking noise and decided to have the car towed back to the garage with help from AAA.It appears the differential suffered a internal breakage and as per garage needs complete overhaul and rebuilding the transmission.I wonder if anyone can throw light on this failure and if similar failures have occurred in 1998 Subaru Legacy with less than 100K miles ?
#122 of 587 Re: bobbyc [bchatterjee]
Jan 03, 2008 (3:02 pm)
You can get a junkyard unit for about $600 and probably about $400 to have it installed. Thats the route I'd go.