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AT OIL TEMP light flashes...
Posted 14 August 2003 - 10:21 AM
My wife and I just bought a 96 Legacy L AWD wagon a couple of weeks back. We paid $5000 for 86K miles, I thought it was a pretty good deal for a clean car. We drove it half way across the country and back for our vacation and it drove pretty nice especially through the mountain passes. Halfway into our trip I noticed the "AT OIL TEMP" light on the dash flashes for a few seconds after starting the car. The manual says this is because the transmission control is malfunctioning. I notice nothing wrong with the way the tranny performs. Is this serious or can I fix it or can I ignore it? Another thing I noticed in the manual is that AWD vehicles should not be driven over 70mph but we were averaging 80 across Montana and Saskatchewan, CA. (The scenery still went by pretty slow!) Did we screw something up by driving so fast? As far as AT trannies go, has anybody had any troubles having the Subarus serviced at a typical tranny shop? Thanks for answering all of my questions. I'm hoping for years of dependable use out of this car and I believe that good maintenance is the key.
Posted 14 August 2003 - 11:36 AM
Where in the manual does it state driving above 70 mph is bad. I've heard no such thing, and know many many people who drive above 70 mph, and much higher with no problems.
They might have been referring to towing or some other condition.
Posted 14 August 2003 - 05:02 PM
As far as the AT OIL TEMP light. you may have a more serious problem, but I get the flashing light with no other symptoms after I wash the underside of the car with a pressure washer.
Did you wash the car during your trip?
It would last for a few days after I washed it, and never showed any other symptoms. It has happened 3-4 times for me and has always been after I wash the underside with a pressure washer.
The one time it lasted more than a few days because it was raining every day.
Posted 21 October 2004 - 04:20 PM
I connected my ODB2 code reader just to see if anything was listed, but it was clear...
Does anyone know if the transmission fluid gets pumped through part of the radiator for cooling? Had a mitsubishi that did this. My thinking is that if the radiator got really hot, this might cause the fluid to run too hot, which could cause the sensor to trip. Just a random guess though...
Posted 22 October 2004 - 12:57 AM
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