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#1 msf

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 12:48 PM

Hello all,
I'm new to the message board, but hoping that someone can help us out with a vexing problem.

We've got a 1999 Subaru Forester with about 80,000 miles on it. Recently, it has developed a tendency to slip out of fifth gear into neutral when driving on the highway. It doesn't do it all the time, but it frequently happens when I ease off the gas a bit (for example, as I approach another vehicle and have to pause before changing lanes).

I'm guessing this is a worn synch roll problem, but when we took it to a mechanic this weekend, he said he'd have to replace the transmission (to the tune of $2500).

Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, can you recommend a solution? We don't have $2500, so we're desperate to find a more economical answer.
Thanks,
MSF

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 01:06 PM

and tranny mounts. I would also look at the linkage before pulling the transmission. At least get another opinion from a Subaru specialist.
The mechanic could very easily be correct.

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 02:53 PM

there is a TSB on this problem. as i recall, the solution is something very minor like removing a particular spring and adding a washer or something like that. no overhaul required. find a mechanic who has an alldata subscription and you'll get the answer. i thought it only applied to legacy's and outbacks.

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 03:58 PM

Originally posted by msf
Hello all,
I'm new to the message board, but hoping that someone can help us out with a vexing problem.

We've got a 1999 Subaru Forester with about 80,000 miles on it. Recently, it has developed a tendency to slip out of fifth gear into neutral when driving on the highway. It doesn't do it all the time, but it frequently happens when I ease off the gas a bit (for example, as I approach another vehicle and have to pause before changing lanes).

I'm guessing this is a worn synch roll problem, but when we took it to a mechanic this weekend, he said he'd have to replace the transmission (to the tune of $2500).

Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, can you recommend a solution? We don't have $2500, so we're desperate to find a more economical answer.
Thanks,
MSF



It's "synchro", short for "synchronizer" :) , and most likely not the cause of your problem. Check the condition of the mounts (as another poster suggested). This is a do-it-yourself job, by the way. Rule out the simple, inexpensive fixes before you let anyone remove your transmission and inspect the internals (expensive).




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