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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1990 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 8/3/2014
    Why do I hear a sputtering sound when my car is in motion?
    When my car is idling there is no odd sound. Once I start driving and get to about 20 mph I hear a sputtering and feel a vibration on the gas pedal and the shifter. The car doesn't shake and neither does the steering wheel. I hear the sputter until I come to a ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 2004 Subaru Forester - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/27/2014
    Why was the 04 Forester excluded from your coverage of Subaru Service Bulletin No. 16-67-04, dated 10/06/04?
    Purchased new in O4, this vehicle has had this problem since day one. When making slow turns during forward or backward motion, the transmission binds and refuses to move until additional acceleration is applied which results in quick leeps making for a very unsafe ...
     
    • Jimm
      7/27/2014 Jimm
      Check this website for more TSB information and details; www.techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/76194/pdf/076194-SUTTIPSLOC0514.pdf
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/4/2014
    When down shifting my car begins to make an ear piercing sound what could this be?
    The sound is a metal on metal type noise, which leads me to think it is a bearing in the clutch, transmission or drivetrain. It occurs when I downshift at speeds under 40. There is also a slight rattle. Any help would be Awesome.
     
    • REX03
      7/4/2014 REX03
      If it sounds like a car siren, it's normal. It's all wheel drive. My 03 did this
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2012 Subaru Impreza - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/2/2014
    2012 Impreza oit temp and awd lights came on
    lights came on at same time for about 2 seconds and the engine lost power (pressed gas and did not do anything. lights off and car runs fine. What could it be
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1993 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/30/2014
    Transmission problems
    I just changed the transmission filter and it only took 3 1/2 qts of fluid and the dipstick tube is full I drained about 7 qts of trans fluid whay did I do wrong everything went back together easily
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1990 Subaru Loyale - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/7/2014
    3 at automatic locked in drive
    100k, 3AT 1990 Loyale 4wd Subaru wagon - shifter a few times became harder to get out of park.. On a very cold day (0 -15 F), it locked in drive. The internal the inhibitor switch works properly - using an ohm meter, and the single rod connected to the transmission ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 2008 Subaru Forester - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/17/2014
    I I just had a new clutch put in 3 weeks ago, and there is a tapping noise when I do not have the clutch in. It goes aw
    The noise goes away when you put the clutch in. I want to take it back to the dealership, but I want to have an educated guess before I get there.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Subaru Impreza - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/8/2014
    2005 subaru impreza rs 2.5 manual transmission throttles itself
    starting from a complete stop with the transmission in neutral then start coasting down hill the car will start to gradually throttle itself, the faster the car goes the higher the rpm's get, at 35 mph the tach is at 5500 rpms and stays there until about 6 seconds ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 2004 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/7/2013
    Vibration at lower speed not highway speed was told by mach. was a drive shaft and would cost big $
    car has 100k miles. could It be a wheel bearing. or cv shaft
     
    • Jimm
      12/7/2013 Jimm
      Yes, the vibration maybe related to either the front hub / wheel bearing, or worn CV (constant velocity) half shaft. May also be related to; wheel imbalance (wheel weight missing, for example), tire out-of-round / tread separation, worn strut mounts, worn suspension bushings, as few possibilities.

      Check these sources for steps to check the front end condition / causes for vibration; www.AutoMD.com and the 'How-To-Guides', as well as this website; www.autozone.com.
      The replacement parts are not expensive (as compared with the labor costs) - depending on the exact diagnosis and specific parts needed. Try these on-line sources; www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com - to list only a few possibilities.

      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the front hub from around $16.00 to $30.00 each - for your vehicle - both left and right sides. The front wheel bearings are from around $28.00 (each) and the CV halfshafts are around $43.00 each (either left or right side) for your vehicle - priced similarly from each of these sources.

      The labor costs will vary even in the same location - again (and as the first step) use the time-tested 'word-of-mouth' recommendations for reputable repair shops in your area, and the AutoMD 'Find-A-Shop' and 'Estimate Cost' features. Be sure to obtain any repair estimates in writing with full details, including the warranty with the repairs.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/2/2013
    Rear axle noise and vibration
    Drives fine at speed and with moderate turns but there is a rear axle noise, grind, vibration when turning sharp. Happens with very sharp turns as in parking or backing and turning around situations.
     
    • Jimm
      12/2/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn rear axle / outer hub bearing, worn rear wheel bearing. Try these sources; www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      Utilize the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the steps to check / inspect the rear axle reaings and hub / axle end assemblies.

      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the rear hub assembly and / or rear wheel bearing from around $36.00 to around $43.00 each - for your vehicle. Be sure to replace the rear axle bearings / hub subassemblies in pairs (both sides at the same time) - due to mileage, wear / age considerations.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/1/2013
    Rear axle noise and vibration
    Drives fine at speed and with moderate turns but there is a rear axle noise, grind, vibration when turning sharp. Happens with very sharp turns as in parking or backing and turning around situations.
     
    • Jimm
      12/1/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn rear axle / outer hub bearing, worn rear wheel bearing. Try these sources; www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the rear hub assembly and / or rear wheel bearing from around $36.00 to around $43.00 each - for your vehicle. Be sure to replace the rear axle bearings / hub subassemblies in pairs (both sides at the same time) - due to mileage, wear / age considerations.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/30/2013
    Rear axle noise, grind, vibration
    At speed car drives smooth but when making sharp turns such as at low speed when parking, backing and turning around the rear axle has a grind, vibration, slipping kind of action.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/30/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Yes there are issues with this that you describe but the diagnostics gets too deep for a DIY person to get through. Has to do with the transmission and clutch packs. Very complicated. Anytime the vehicle goes into any kind of turn the left side and right side tire rotational speeds have to change and when they can't because something is binding and won't let it "slip" you get the noise that you detail.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/25/2013
    AWD questions Jacked up car all tires spin
    On snow covered roads Subby sits and spins the RF wheel not other tire spins. Any ideas why it doesn't transfer power to other wheels? Again on jack stand all tires spin... Thanks
     
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  • samuchawe
    samuchawe - 2001 Subaru Forester - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 9/28/2013
    What can i do if my vehicle mentioned above starts to consume more fuel
    The mileage for this vehicle is 100000 , This problem happens every day any time I drive. The first day i notes its when i got it from the garage where it was been worked on,changing of plugs and oil .The check engine light ok .and no any warning light is on
     
  • oconnellsr.daniel
    oconnellsr.daniel - 1995 Subaru SVX - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 9/12/2013
    Just replaced trans filter, how much fluid does this trans take
    Orieley's told me it takes 2.64 qts, I put 3 qts in and still not showing on the dipstic?
     
    • Jimm
      9/12/2013 Jimm
      Same refill amount = 2.6 quarts - for the transmission service (fluid and filter change). The actual amount of the refill would depend on how much was drained out (obviously) and how low the fluid level was to begin with.
      Given the transmission dipstick level is accurate - and the vehicle is parked on level ground, then simply add small amounts of the correct fluid type to refill to the proper level - as indicated on the dipstick.