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Any Subaru techs on here? Trans problem
Posted 30 March 2004 - 12:35 AM
I am a mechanic, but I don't do internal auto trans work.
A friend is thinking of buying a 200 Forrester, He brought it buy today to have me look at it. So far it needs a T belt, Belts, tune up, both rear wheel bearings are screaming, struts, tires, and an alignment.
The real problem is with the trans, Sometimes it wont go into drive. It always goes into reverse with no trouble. When it does go into drive, the trans works great! It has all 4 gears, lock up works, the shift points are good, it down shifts fine, and it doesn't slip at all. When it doesn't go into drive, if you tap the gas a few times, the trans does go into drive, However I don't feel that it is a pressure problem. If you don't tap the gas it will sit there all day with the shifter in D and not moving. I get the feeling that this is an electrical problem, rather than a stuck check ball, pressure leak, or anything else mechanical inside the trans. I checked bullitins for this car and found one for the trans. It said that dents in the trans pan could break a wire, or solinoid inside the pan but there are no dents in this pan. There are no trans codes stored. Again, It seems electrical to me because when it does go into drive the trans workes great. This makes me think that some electrical trouble is not telling the trans to go into gear. Can anyone give me some ideas? Is this common? My friend can get this car for about a grand + repairs, so it is a good deal for him. BTW, it's an AWD unit.
Posted 30 March 2004 - 08:43 AM
Posted 30 March 2004 - 02:30 PM
Heck if you can get a Forester that cheap you can afford to do a proper tranny job with a used one from Japan or just pull it and have it overhauled.
Posted 30 March 2004 - 04:21 PM
Thanks for the help.
Posted 30 March 2004 - 04:30 PM
When it was cold it took longer to pump up and right after a fluid change it acted more normal for a few months.
Posted 30 March 2004 - 04:47 PM
You might do a search on this boards archives to get an idea of waht others have done.
I have not worked on an automatic myself for at least 10 years so I am more than out of date.
It sounds like yours does exactly what my 85 did though.
Posted 30 March 2004 - 07:31 PM
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