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Subaru Forester, Transmission, Wagon
#105 of 124 Re: 2001 Outback problem in first and reverse-MT [soccerdoc]
Sep 06, 2010 (10:01 am)
Pull out the four wheel drive fuse and try driving with front wheel drive only to see if it is the transfer case section of the power train that is causing the problem. Also check cv joints on front axles.
#106 of 124 Re: 2001 Outback problem in first and reverse-MT [soccerdoc]
Sep 06, 2010 (10:02 am)
These symptoms do sound similar to what happened with my 2002 Forester. I had to have the transfer case replaced and the transmission rebuilt. I would take it to a Subaru dealer and drive it with a mechanic who knows transmissions--ask him/her if it could be the transfer case/transmission. My experience was changing the fluids did not help at all. One solution I also tried was taking it out of "all wheel drive" and putting it into two-wheel drive. That solved the problem but I didn't want to leave it that way. Good luck.
#107 of 124 Re: 2001 Outback problem in first and reverse-MT [wcwilliams]
Sep 06, 2010 (10:11 am)
What was the cost to replace the transfer case? Thanks for the thought and wmcwillams suggestion.
#108 of 124 Re: 2001 Outback problem in first and reverse-MT [exchngcarinfo]
Sep 06, 2010 (10:38 am)
In looking at the engine compartment fuse box layout there is a FWD socket listed but no fuse in the box. The only other fuse is one for the "Automatic transmission control unit" and "ABS unit" is there something I am missing?
#109 of 124 Re: 2001 Outback problem in first and reverse-MT [soccerdoc]
Sep 06, 2010 (10:59 am)
The FWD socket is the one you want. With the AWD system operating, there is no fuse there. If you want to switch to FWD mode, you insert a fuse.
#110 of 124 Re: Upshift Flare 2 to 3. [exchngcarinfo]
Sep 07, 2010 (7:31 am)
Thanks so much for posting that information on the operating characteristics of the 4EAT. It explains many things that I had noticed and wondered about.
#111 of 124 '99 Forester just diagnosed with bad transmission - really?!!?
Sep 28, 2010 (11:56 am)
Our trusty sube recently started making a knocking sound when making slow turns, and just driving poorly. At 180K we were thinking it was an axle issue. Took it in to local mechanic yesterday, and today he said it needs a new trans, to the tune of $3,500. After picking my jaw up off the floor, I decided to do some research. Any pointers on what to do from here? Should we get a second opinion at a dealership? Haven't had the trans fluid flushed, and there's a head gasket leak that we've been living with. Most maintenance we do is the oil change every 3-5 k. Any help appreciated.
#112 of 124 Re: '99 Forester just diagnosed with bad transmission - really?!!? [harperfleet]
Sep 28, 2010 (2:34 pm)
It's really hard to diagnose from that description, but 180,000 is not an unreasonable age to have a major component failure, especially given past maintenance of drivetrain components (or lack thereof) such as transmission and differentials.
Without further description of "knocking when making slow turns" and "just driving poorly," I don't think there is a way to accurately pinpoint the cause. The knocking could be a bad CV joint or center differential.
A second opinion is never a bad idea - just make sure you don't tell the second place what the first place said!
#113 of 124 Re: '99 Forester just diagnosed with bad transmission - really?!!? [xwesx]
Sep 29, 2010 (6:54 am)
Ask for a rebuilt trans, I bet you can cut that cost in half.
I would not put in a brand new trans when the HG have a slow leak already.
180,000 is a ripe, old age. I'm not saying the car is done, but I would not invest in a new trans, either.
Sep 29, 2010 (11:38 am)
I would search out used...I am not sure what other models share the same unit but I would be curious. Maybe help widen your search.