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98 Ouback sticks in first gear (automatic)
Posted 06 November 2003 - 08:17 PM
Turning off the engine and letting it rest sometimes helps, but only if you rest at least 30 minutes. This happens rain or shine, although today, with the 20-minute record, it was wet and around 50-60 degrees F.
We've taken it to our local Subaru dealer twice in the past six weeks or so. The first time, the car performed its little trick and the mechanic decided it must be the speed sensor, which he cleaned. But that didn't help. The second time the dealer kept it two days, drove it around quite a bit, and decided nothing was wrong. Then they took a couple hundred more bucks!
Besides a new mechanic, anyone have any ideas?
Posted 06 November 2003 - 11:10 PM
'98 is old enough to have a history - what is it? mileage, maintainence, how many owners before you, typical driving, towing, etc.
Also, do you get any warning lights when this occurs?
Posted 07 November 2003 - 07:45 AM
Posted 07 November 2003 - 05:29 PM
This car's never been wrecked, bumped, or towed, nor has it ever been used to tow anything else. I can't say "not a scratch" because it does have a small "parking lot" door dent. The tires are all the same age and get rotated when and how the owner's manual suggests. The battery is only a year or two old -- a Die Hard, I think -- I remember buying it at a Sears, but not exactly when. This was before the proper diagnosis of #1, below.
The only troubles it's ever given us before are small:
1. A keyless entry problem, which caused the parking lights to blink continuously for a couple of days. This was corrected by resetting something near the driver's knees. We'd remember what we did if it happened again.
2. A a broken cup holder, on the dashboard. Hoping to fix it (impossible), I took it apart, cleaned it, and re-assembled it. We decided to just use it carefully.
3. Thre's a light or two out near the radio. After dark, we remember if the AC or heat is on and choose radio stations by sound alone. The dealer quoted a really high labor charge to replace the bulb(s) ... and we decided not to bother.
Again, thanks for any ideas.
Posted 07 November 2003 - 06:08 PM
I hope someone else chimes in but it may be that you will need to insist hat the dealership keep the car overnight as long as they need to, hook you up with a loaner and apply your wasted $200 dollars to the the REAL repair.
Sounds like a clean vehicle with a careful owner. I don't suppose you ever drove it a lengthy time with the donut spare on? or a flat tire? That can be rough on Subies.
Posted 07 November 2003 - 07:56 PM
We've never had the donut spare on the car. Early on we had a nail in the sidewall, but got it to a garage while it was just low and still ok for driving. The tire tread was still within range that a single tire replacement was ok. Later, as I recall, we got a whole new set, because it was time.
One other thing, on another site, I saw where another 98 Outback owner had a very similar complaint, only his was sticking in 2nd... this was in 1999. Nobody on that board responded. I sent him an email... so far no reply.
Thanks yet again.
Posted 08 November 2003 - 12:23 PM
However I would think this would be a problem with an electrical connecter linked to the speed sensor or shifter, if you do not have a good connection it will not shift. This could be a loose wire or a parially broken connection, or even a loose connecter on the other end away from where the mechanic checked. Don't know but good luck and others just be nice with your responces, I am a bit crazy
Posted 08 November 2003 - 12:59 PM
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