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4EAT Replacement?, Trans. Alternatives?
Posted 07 June 2009 - 12:20 PM
So the question is, what are my replacement options? My mechanic says a rebuild costs as much as a replacement so I should replace instead. If I need to replace I would feel better if it were an "upgrade". I would love to use a CVT, is that remotely possible? I see on wikipedia Subaru makes a couple older cars, and a couple new cars that use CVT's, are these appropriate? I also enjoy driving a manual, how expensive would that be and what transmission is best?
Posted 07 June 2009 - 12:35 PM
If new clean ATF did not help, then rebuild or replace is clearly required.
You may want to consider a replacement from a salvage yard. It is a crapshoot, but some yards are better than others. I swapped a used 4EAT into my son's SVX with good success. The best local yard gave a 90 day warranty, and offered longer warranties at extra cost. Base cost of good used trans was $500. And a lot of father-son wrench work on weekends.
Posted 07 June 2009 - 12:57 PM
May have the info that you need.
Posted 07 June 2009 - 12:58 PM
... And a lot of father-son wrench work on weekends.
The price sounds good and the time is not a problem, but how difficult is the replacement process? Did you need any specialized tooling? Being a machinist I feel comfortable with mechanical components but have limited Mechanic tooling and experience.
Posted 07 June 2009 - 01:54 PM
Search for "delayed tranny engagement fixed"' or similar here. I think it's up to 5 pages.
May have the info that you need.
Thank you for directing me to that post I had seen only a couple mentions of a similar fix on a different forum. None had the extent and updates this did. Having read more about the fix I will strongly consider it. As others had mentioned I am cautious of an additive as a fix but in this case it would make sense. However, I like to find all options before choosing a course of action, so the original question still stands, what replacement options are there?
Posted 07 June 2009 - 04:09 PM
I consider the first step here to do a complete flush of the old fluid.
An acquaintance had this issue and i was going to look into it for them. They found out that an old family friend was a retired trans shop mechanic who fixed it for them. So he managed somehow. I'd post more info but i don't know any.
If you're bent on replacing it, I would look into a non-99 since this problem is common to that year. Sorry, I'm not sure what swaps with these later years. I would think other 4EAT's like 00, 01, 02? would swap but I haven't done later years like that....yet.
Normally I say go used. Used Subaru transmissions are typically not hard to find cheap. They are normally well lived and have few issues if taken care of. Nice to get them from a wrecked car or one with a bad motor, etc - that makes it very likely the trans is good.
I too would vote for the additive fix, i think this is about the only time i would ever recommend it. I'm very skeptical and hesitant of any fixes in a bottle.
Posted 07 June 2009 - 10:43 PM
Posted 29 June 2009 - 11:51 AM
My reply is #70.
Thanks to all those that offered advice especially the in depth comments in the other thread.
Edited by Mehkael, 29 June 2009 - 11:55 AM.
Posted 29 June 2009 - 12:40 PM
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