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#1 of 124 subaru transmission problems
May 04, 2007 (6:52 pm)
My 98 forester kept overheating and was told the headgasket needed to be replaced. I took it in to the dealership and they said it would be ready in two days. Got a call from the service manager who wanted to know if I had had any problems with the transmission. Any hesitation, jerking, loss of acceleration. I said no, it's always had a smooth ride. Well when they put everything bakc together, it would not shift to drive or any gear. It's automatic. The manager said he had never seen this before, and that the only thing he could see was a dent on the transmission fluid pan, and has taken the car to a transmission specialist. I am very upset because I don't understand how the transmission could be messed up when they weren't even working on it. They also seem to be implying that I will be responsible for the repair cost. How could this have happened, any ideas?
#2 of 124 Re: subaru transmission problems [rerivera]
May 07, 2007 (10:07 am)
Sounds suspicious - maybe they didn't handle their lift correctly, and jacked up the car under the transmission instead of using the jacking points.
Seems likely they may have caused the damage themselves.
#3 of 124 Re: subaru transmission problems [ateixeira]
May 07, 2007 (11:29 am)
I was thinking something similar. Did they remove the engine for the repair, or perform it in the engine bay? Removal would require that support be given to the transmission, so it could be damaged there as well.
#4 of 124 Re: subaru transmission problems [xwesx]
May 07, 2007 (1:17 pm)
#5 of 124 Re: subaru transmission problems [rerivera]
May 07, 2007 (7:48 pm)
I WOULD AGREE WITH EVER ONE ELSE IF IT IS DENTED IT CAN STARVE THE TRANSMISSION/PICKUP FROM FLUID AND CAUSE LOW FLUID PSI . IT IS ALSO POSIBALE THAT THE VALVE BODY IS CRACKED IT SETS ABOUT THE 1.5 INCHES ABOVE THE TRANS PAN AND IF A LOT OF PRESSURE WAS PUT ON THE PAN THIS A POSIBILTY . IF YOU HAVE ANY WORK DONE ASK TO SEE THE OLD PARTS THEY DONT LIE . LOOK FOR FRESH MARKS IN THE PAN SCRATCHES IF THEY WERE OLD THEY WOULD BE RUSTY. ONE LAST NOTE DURING REPAIR IF ENGINE WAS TAKEN OUT THE (SHURE IT WAS) CONVERTER SOME TIMES COMES OUT AND THERE IS A WAY OF GETTING IT IN ALL THE WAY ( 3 NOTCHES GOES IN ABOUT A 1/4 INCH EACH NOTCH) LETS SAY IT ONLY GOES IN 2 NOTCHES WHEN THE ENGINE IS IN STALLED IT COULD CRACK THE PUMP HOUSING CAUSING A INTERNAL FLUID PSI DROP. GOOD LUCK AND ASK FOR THE OLD PARTS !!!
#6 of 124 Re: subaru transmission problems [subaruguru]
May 07, 2007 (8:17 pm)
yeah we re-installed an engine inproperly in my dad's AT subie and I bought him a new trans...
#7 of 124 forrester 2.5x 2003.. power /hold button
May 24, 2007 (4:47 pm)
Can any one tell me what the hold switch does to the auto transmission.. I no what the power does . to me it seems to take off in second gear.
#8 of 124 forester solenoids
Sep 18, 2007 (8:23 pm)
Hoping you can help me source solenoids 'C' & 'D' for the SG5 Forester models after 2003 in America.
Also prices which I would expect to pay.
Any address or e-mail address would be very helpful for me.
Thanks in anticipation....Trinny (stevecrism.com)
#9 of 124 1999 forester transmission delay
Nov 07, 2007 (6:13 pm)
I have a 1999 forester with 180000 miles. Since 100000 miles, the transmission has had a delay when first putting it in drive. Now the delay is longer and sometimes may take 5 to 10 seconds and still will not engage until the rpms hit 2500. Since this is my first Subaru, I thought it might just be a problem due to the mileage. But recently I met another person who is having the same problem with the same year of forester with less miles. Any suggestions?
#10 of 124 2004 Forester turbocharger
Nov 07, 2007 (6:19 pm)
Recently, the turbocharger on my Forester scorched a bearing due to an oil seal that let loose. The dealer wanted $2380 for a stock turbocharger plus installation of $400. The car has 70000 miles and is out of warranty. Since I am a pretty good mechanic, I have decided now is the time to upgrade to a ball bearing turbocharger for better efficency and more HP. There are so many after market companies that I don't know which turbo charger to buy. I would like to keep the price under $1500 but am willing to spend more if someone convinces me that it is money well spent. Any suggestions?