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#359 of 587 Subaru Outback Automatic Transmission fluid
May 26, 2009 (6:04 pm)
I want to drain and refill 2001 outback automatic transmission. The dealer said a drain and refill would only result in a 4 quart replacement, since approx. 5 quarts left in the torque converter will not drain out. Subaru dealer wants $9 per quart. The manual calls for Dexron III. I can get this locally (Valvoline) for about $3 per quart. Any one know if mixing two types of ATF would create problems? Thanks.
#360 of 587 2000-2001 outback H6
Jun 30, 2009 (10:29 am)
New to the forum and subaru. Thinking of buying a 2000-2001 outback H6. Are there any major items/problems (like the 2.5 HG) that I should be watching for? In general what are the cost of ownership compared with the likes of accord/camry? I would expect to be higher but how much? Appreciate your feedback.
#361 of 587 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon "needs" transmission harness
Jul 06, 2009 (12:26 pm)
My Outback Wagon, with almost 126,000 miles, was at the dealer for maintenance. The work summary says "Tech noticed transmission leaking. The transmission harness is leaking by the O-ring." Per the service manager this harness is made of white plastic and when it gets old it easily cracks. He said my leak is spraying back onto the exhaust when I drive. They want over $500 to replace it. The car is running great and I saw no drips on the driveway. How urgent is this, are there options, is this price reasonable in CT? Thanks.
#362 of 587 99 legacy GT Shifting problems.
Jul 17, 2009 (4:21 pm)
I have a 99' Subaru Legacy GT Sedan that will randomly stop being able to shift into Drive or any of the lower gears. It will rev like its in Neutral. Very rarely when I touch the gas it will suddenly pop into drive and I'm fine. When I do get it into drive it shifts fluidly and it goes until I park and need to shift into drive again. The Fluid is topped off and it still shifts into reverse. Any Ideas?
#363 of 587 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon "needs" transmission harness [subarumom1]
Jul 27, 2009 (10:25 am)
I guess it could be a very slow leak that had just started. Not even a drop?
Funny thing is the price actually sounds sort of low for a bad seal. They'll have to replace all the ATF when they are done.
#364 of 587 Re: 99 legacy GT Shifting problems. [ksal17]
Aug 13, 2009 (9:16 am)
I have a 2000 with the same problem have you had any luck solving this issue?
#365 of 587 Re: 99 legacy GT Shifting problems. [tpatern1]
Aug 13, 2009 (9:30 am)
While it seems to be far more rare for other model years, I have read many instances of this exact problem in the '99 models. I am not sure if it was a (temporary) change in design or what, but there is a definite trend.
I think the problem is that the internal seals in the transmission are wearing out. Basically, the transmission is leaking inside and is having difficulty building up the proper operating pressure to shift into gear. Unfortunately, transmissions with this issue are headed for a rebuild....
#366 of 587 2007 with possible problem
Sep 15, 2009 (5:21 am)
I bought a 2007 Subaru outback 2.5i with automatic with about 78,000 miles on it on 9/9/09. the test drive was perfect (though i was excited so i may have missed something) but later that same night, my car was dead so it had to be started using jumper cables and it happened again the next morning. I though i had a dud, but it turns out that stupid parking light switch on the steering column was turned on and had been on for some time (i didn't even know it existed until i called the dealer). I have a new battery and that problem is solved. but now, i have a new one. I don't know if this was occurring before the battery problem or not, but now when i'm driving most shifts feel perfect but every so often it feel like i ran over a speed bump when there is nothing there. it happens a lot on the highways and in the mountains but doesn't necessarily happen every time it shifts or for a certain gear but seems to happen most when i'm accelerating or decelerating. Any ideas?
I'm getting the ATF changed this week and will reset the computer to make sure it's not one of these "learned" behaviors.
#367 of 587 Re: 2007 with possible problem [ashevilleian]
Sep 15, 2009 (7:51 am)
It isn't necessarly the trans. Could be a bad wheel bearing or something, anything creating artificial resistance while it's moving.
I say wheel bearings because those are a common failure at that high mileage.
#368 of 587 Re: 2007 with possible problem [ateixeira]
Sep 15, 2009 (8:00 am)
The dealer said he replaced the back ones. i guess maybe the front ones should be done next?