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Tom B
Tom B 2/22/2012
2005 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 4Cyl2.5L - Transmissions & Drivetrains
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 about 30 miles / 4-5 start ups) and then go out. this will happen about 4 times a month. also its automatic and the shifting is rough at times, but seems to settle down when the check engine light is on.
i just want to know if these are signs that my transmission is going or maybe its a sensor or something simple. thanks!
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  • Spoon Sports
    Spoon Sports 2/22/2012
    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.
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