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#385 of 587 Transmission filter
Oct 28, 2009 (1:33 pm)
I have a 1998 Subaru Legacy outback, and I recently changed the transmission fluid, and filter... unfortunately for me, it now will not drive at all!!!
I called a mechanic and he says I should have just cleaned the filter in place, and not removed it. Does anyone know how I can fix this!? my car is stuck up on ramps and wont drive.
I was sure that all the electrical connections were still pluged in when I put the pan back on.
#386 of 587 Re: Transmission filter [jasondpf]
Oct 28, 2009 (3:09 pm)
So what is not working? Is the transmission just not engaging when you select a gear?
First off... make sure you put enough fluid in it! If the fluid is very low, it will not build the hydraulic pressure needed to engage the gears. If the level shows fine, it may be that something is not aligned properly on the filter and the fluid is not able to flow through it as it should.
#387 of 587 Clattering, binding, high torque on an auto AWD trans 106k 97 Outback
Nov 10, 2009 (6:59 pm)
1 year ago the trans started binding during tight turns. I adjusted my driving to avoid sharp turns. The engine/trans would also have a lot of torque when I put it into park to turn it off, and would lurch backward once that torque was shut off. I applied the brake before shutting it off so that lurch would not occur. I operated under hope that the trans would decline linearly over time rather than fail all at once.
So when I took it in recently I had them replace front axles and CV boots, valve cover gaskets, crankshaft seal and timing belt. Now that these new parts were on, an intermittent clattering noise began to come from the trans. If I start it up, the engine is fine and has all power. Acceleration is fine and smooth. There's no bucking. There is still the old binding problem and high torque while in park. The mechanic mentioned something about having too high a pressure in the trans, and that it was throwing a code.
I drove it slowly a few times and the intermittent loud clatter eventually 'spun' and settled down into a light, constant clatter coming from the trans.
1) Is it possible that the front axles which went bad were over-stressed by the binding problem?
2) Is it possible that the valve cover gaskets and crakshaft seals were worn out and leaking due to some over pressure caused by the trans?
3) If I baby it on level, low-speed, A-to-B streets, do I have a good hope the trans will last a while longer?
Repairing my own trans is quoted at $1800 minimum, so I'm wondering about a junkyard replacement trans.
4) What year and model range of Subaru trans will work on a 97 Outback AWD? Any horror stories about a junkyard trans replacement turning out to be crap?
#388 of 587 Re: Clattering, binding, high torque on an auto AWD trans 106k 97 Outback [pangeus]
Nov 11, 2009 (10:08 am)
I would say no to points 1 and 2 above. For 3, I don't know. It sounds like it is nearing its end, to me. Have you changed out the transmission fluid to observe its condition?
As for 4, you should be able to use a 95 through 98 transmission in this car without any compatibility issues. There were some changes in 99, and I think those tend to be less reliable (based on empirical evidence), so you may want to keep your search capped at 98. It is always a gamble when you head to a junk yard. That said, I had 220,000 on my '96 Outback and were you to claim its transmission, I bet it would take you many more trouble-free miles. In other words, you never know but you should also pay accordingly.
#389 of 587 Transmission help--95 Legacy wagon AWD
Nov 15, 2009 (8:22 am)
#390 of 587 Transmission help--95 Legacy wagon AWD
Nov 15, 2009 (8:22 am)
Just picked up a 95 Legacy Wagon AWD at an auction, sold "as is" and when we pulled away to drive home, the car wouldn't shift into 2nd or 3rd gear on an automatic tranny. The engine revved up to 3500 rpm and just would not go over 35 mph. Any know if this is going to require a full transmission swap or do they make a tranny kit that might be an easier fix...don't want to stick a ton of money in it. Just needs to be able to get to and from work on a daily basis. Thanks for any advice.
#391 of 587 Re: Transmission help--95 Legacy wagon AWD [dlmracefans]
Nov 20, 2009 (11:03 am)
No idea, sorry, but paisan might know if he's around.
#392 of 587 Re: Transmission help--95 Legacy wagon AWD [dlmracefans]
Nov 21, 2009 (9:50 pm)
if you want to locate a used tranny, you can visit www.car-parts.com
I checked MA on 95 Legacy AWD auto ... Price range $200 - $400
#393 of 587 Re: another question [greywrench]
Dec 13, 2009 (11:12 am)
New posting, simular to ashevileian problem. mine is a 2003 Outback VDC, automatic, bought new. It has always had this problem. runs and shifts great, flatland. But when i go to the mountains, crusing 60mph, get to that point when it needs to downshift, it downshifts with a loud clunk and jerk. My fried says it sounded like the trany was going to fall out. I normally try to downshift myself and that goes smoother. I had taken to the dealership several times when i first bought it and they tried the rebooting, I believe they replaced a chip. Went to the mountains recently and it did it again. before I take it back would like to have an idea.
#394 of 587 1994 Legacy No Drive
Dec 19, 2009 (1:10 pm)
I have just purchased a 1994 Legacy wagon that the owner told me needed a clutch. Now I haven't got that far as to look at the clutch just yet. My concern is that the transmission fluid level is very low. The vehicle can be put in any gear with the engine running and without the clutch and nothing happens. When I push the clutch down I can hear the pressure plate moving (maybe release bearing). The clutch obviously not doing anything.
My questions are: Does the low fluid make it not go into gear or drive? What fluid does it use? How much fluid? Is there any way to check whether the transmission is working or faulty? Are there any online Legacy transmission data/ manuals available in case I want to strip it down? Can I convert it easily to automatic?
I know it's a lot of questions but I am optimistic for an answer.
Thanks go to everyone who takes the time to look at my question.