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  • jconway4106
    jconway4106 - 2004 Subaru Impreza - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/28/2012
    I'm having trouble accelerating in my vehicle.
    The car has about 150k miles on it and I recently had the serpentine and timing belts replaced. I'm not having any issues starting the car or shifting gears, but about a month ago the car started "over-reving" when I pressed on the accelerator, like the clutch is ...
    • Bill
      3/28/2012 Bill
      750 good , slipping bad. Means transmission is wearing out. You could try some additive like no-slip to see if helps and to diagnose. Not a cure though. Could be ready for a rebuild.
  • Igar
    Igar - 2006 Subaru Baja - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/27/2012
    Have a rumble/vibration at 55 t0 60 mph that occurs with no warning and only happens occasionally ??
    45k miles. Transfer case replaced under warranty about a year ago. Every thing seems to be 100% , no warning lights etc. Is it possible the new T-case is flawed ? Problem started a few months after installation. The rumble/vibration starts and ends without warning. ...
  • dave
    dave - 1993 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/14/2012
    Sometimes my car looses power when i turn
    when i turn my car looses power and sounds like it wants to die. it has never actually died jsut sounds sluggish. when this happens if i put it into park and turn my car off there is a klunk noise and my car rolls back slightly.
    • orgcrew
      3/14/2012 orgcrew
      test your power steering switch when u turn the swith tells the computer adjust throttle air fuel ratio if the switch is bad its not telling the computer the right signals
  • Jan
    Jan - 1990 Subaru Justy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/12/2012
    When ordering a Clutch Kit, is there additional parts i should purchase?
    I am needing to replace the clutch in my justy, along with the clutch replacement is there anything else i should replace that coinside with the clutch? or that should be replaced while i am in there and have things apart?
    • Jimm
      3/12/2012 Jimm
      The clutch kit will usually come with; the clutch friction disc, the clutch throwout bearing, a new clutch pressure plate assembly, and the clutch alignment tool - everything should be included in the kit.
  • Tom B
    Tom B - 2005 Subaru Impreza - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/22/2012
    Signs of Transmission Failing?
    i have an 05 subaru outback sport anf my check engine light seems to come on every time i accelerate heavily or for a long period of time. believe me i dont strain this car, but it complains like i do. the light will stay on for a certain amount of time (usually ...
    • Spoon Sports
      2/22/2012 Spoon Sports
      Take a look underneath your car, if you see any wet spots or stains on the ground, then something is leaking. Any sort of leak is a sign that something not good is going on, but if the stain is red in color, then the leak is most likely coming from your transmission. If it is only a few drops, then you have some time before you should have it checked, it is not urgent right now, but it could become a major problem.

      Even if you have not noticed a leak under the car, if you do notice that your fluid levels have dropped, then by all means, check them. The transmission fluid should be a translucent red color, if it has a cloudy or muddy color, or has a burnt smell to it, that means that the fluid needs to be changed.

      If you feel vibrations when you are shifting gears, or if the car seems to stutter and drag through a gear shift, this is a clear sign of trouble. The problem could be something minor, like you are low on fluid, or it could be more serious, like damaged transmission cables.

      Your transmission should be able to run smoothly and in relative silence. Any sort of whiny or grinding noise that seems to be coming from under the floorboards, is a severe cause for concern. This could indicate that there is a problem with the gears, or with the valves.

      An overheating transmission is the worst hint that you can encounter, because at this point, it means that your car has already shown you all the other hints, and you either missed them completely, or did not know what they meant. Overheating is a clear sign of quite a few potential problems. From a solenoid that is damaged, to a restriction in the oil cooler. The only option left to you by the time this occurs, is to take your car in to be serviced.
  • daxid
    daxid - 2002 Subaru Forester - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/21/2012
    In getting a tap tap tap noise when making right hand turns while accelerating.
    sounds like it's coming from the front end. most prevelant in 2nd gear.
    • rick
      2/21/2012 rick
      Sounds like a CV joint in one of the drive axles . Only way to fix is replace axle . Do yourself about $100 bucks . Take it in to shop about $400 .
  • elizaldi27
    elizaldi27 - 1992 Subaru SVX - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/17/2012
    0 answer
  • PatrickB
    PatrickB - 1998 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/11/2012
    What can cause heavy vibrations & hard knocking coming from the front end?
    Major vibrations and strong knocking coming from the front end felt at the wheel and just about throughout the car,axle assembly is good on both sides had it checked.
    • Spoon Sports
      2/7/2012 Spoon Sports
      Axles are the least of your concerns for vibrations and knocking. Its your shocks absorbers and bushings that needs to be checked. Who knows it might even be your control arms.

      Get back to me once you get the part that neds to be changed, I MIGHT have a manual lying here somewhere.
    • Jenothy
      2/11/2012 Jenothy
      I had this issue - in my case, it was the driver shaft. It caused a strong knock that could be felt in front.
    • Jenothy
      2/11/2012 Jenothy
      Excuse me, typo - DRIVE shaft.
  • kato
    kato - 1998 Subaru Forester - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/4/2012
    My forester takes long to pick acceleration when you step on the gas. its like something is stopping it.
    it happens when am moving. i step on the gas then its like not fully accelerating then after i let go it releases and accelerates and this occurs every time i try to accelerate.
  • dana
    dana - 1996 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/3/2012
    When I turn the steering wheel completely to one side the car begins to skip and not move smooth, what is causing this?
    It does not happen when I disable the awd.
    0 answer
  • Jim
    Jim - 2002 Subaru Forester - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/29/2012
    Transmission fluid coming out at fill tube.
    Transmission fluid is coming out at the fill tube and dip stick is be pushed out. Would a plugged transmission filter cause pressure build up and this problem or what else could I suspect? The transmission is shifting normally. I notice no changes.
    0 answer
  • Jim
    Jim - 2002 Subaru Forester - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/29/2012
    Transmission fluid coming out at fill tube.
    Fluid is being thrown out at fill tube. Dip stick is actually coming out. Transmission shifts normally, no changes noticed, yet.
    0 answer
  • PatrickB
    PatrickB - 1998 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/26/2012
    What can cause heavy vibrations & hard knocking coming from the front end?
    Major vibrations and strong knocking coming from the front end felt at the wheel and just about throughout the car,axle assembly is good on both sides had it checked.
    • Spoon Sports
      1/24/2012 Spoon Sports
      "axle assembly is good on both sides had it checked." - Well, how about the balljoints? Suspension bushings, engine supports, did you have them checked as well?
      Spoon Sports
      1/24/2012 PatrickB
      Everything seemed ok at the garage,problem is,I just list a wheel driving to work tonight
    • Spoon Sports
      1/26/2012 Spoon Sports
      "I just list a wheel driving to work tonight" - What?
  • muddin
    muddin - 1997 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/22/2012
    Shift gear freezes especially when the weather is cold
    • Tony
      1/22/2012 Tony
      if car is automatic, it is most likely the shift cable going from the shift gear to the transmission, try to spray some BP blaster on it or get it replaced before it brakes.
  • john
    • yboy82
      1/20/2012 yboy82
      You mean your axle bearing? You have to place the brake drum on 2 block of wood. And by using a brass drift and hammer, drive the outer race of the inner bearing from the drum. The seal will come out at the same time.
      1/20/2012 john
      Thanks. This is an all wheel drive vehicle and the bearings are in a bearing well that the shaft goes thru. The drum comes off seperately. I appreciate the help though
    • yboy82
      1/20/2012 yboy82
      You should remove the rear axle and bearing housing as an assembly. Press the halfshaft from the housing. And then position the spacer inside the housing in a radial direction to gain access to the outer bearing. Place a brass drift to the outer bearing inner race. Then drive out the bearing, together with the oil by lightly tapping with a hammer.

      Do not use the old bearing, if you installed the old bearing it may develop an abnormal noise.

      1/20/2012 john
      thanks for the tip