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  • move_OVER
    move_OVER - 2005 Subaru Impreza - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 5/13/2012
    What's wrong with my tranny when I go more than 60-70mph it feels shaking and when I make a turn it's hard not smooth?
    Transmission and steering wheel..
    • Wayne
      4/15/2012 Wayne
      Don't know abot your Impreza, but my Outback's problem was the tie rod end. Once repaired, problem disappeared.
    • StevenWright
      5/13/2012 StevenWright
      I had the same troubles with my '99 Suby Legacy wagon. I have had a rough grinding when I turn sharp (like into a parking space). I had all the CV joints replaced ( which could possibly be the problem), but, for me, this did not solve the problem. I found, finally, that my problem was the AWD transfer case, which is part of the Subaru transmission.
  • meyerflyer88
    meyerflyer88 - 1998 Subaru Forester - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 5/12/2012
    Squeaking sound
    The car makes a squeaking sound (intermittent) at speeds between 0-20mph. Initially I thought it was the brakes, but it makes the noise without the brakes applied. Any ideas?
    • Judy
      5/12/2012 Judy
      I have a 2000 Legacy and mine is doing the same. Took to shop, was told I have a bad front passenger wheel bearing
  • southsounder509
    southsounder509 - 1993 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/16/2012
    Have all wheel drive ,when driving seems car is stalling happens at all speeds,
    when driving it will run good for few miles then start acting like its going to stall then runs fine for few more miles then happens again it ,doesn't stall completely
    0 answer
  • nativechic1977
    nativechic1977 - 2011 Subaru Outback - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/11/2012
    Why does the engine seem like it will stall intermittently at idle?
    Feels like a manual transmission about to stall
    • CVO
      4/11/2012 CVO
      This vehicle is still under the 3 years factory warranty or 36,000 miles bumper to bumpers. Call Subaru Dealer to schedule an appointment.
  • Michel
    Michel - 1997 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/11/2012
    Why won't my car shift out of park? This ussually happens after the care has not been driven overnight.
    If you over ride the shift it will come out of park and into gear but otherwise you can't even push in the button to shift. Also the shifter will slide between gears once out of park without pusking in the button didn't think it was supposed to do this if it is ...
    0 answer
  • Stehen
    Stehen - 2002 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/11/2012
    How much would it cost to replace the clutch at a repair shop?
    • EG9 K20A3
      4/11/2012 EG9 K20A3
      To replace a clutch it will probably cost you around $140-$190. It really depends on what kind of car it is.

      Use " Find a Shop" tab above and make a couple of phone calls or use negotiator and they will do the calling for you.
  • southsounder509
    southsounder509 - 1993 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/10/2012
    Slow acceleration after shifting,
    sometimes stalls when shifting but engine is strong in natural
    0 answer
  • jkayd
    jkayd - 1992 Subaru Legacy - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/4/2012
    Why Does my Subaru Legacy rev but not speed up when I press on the gas?
    I have a 1992 automatic Subaru Legacy Wagon LS 4x4. When I first start the car and begin to push on the gas to speed up the engine will rev but the car will not speed up. If I let off the gas and press again it will work fine. It only does it when I am coming from ...
    • colin
      4/4/2012 colin
      your gearbox is past its sell by date time to trade it in quick or fit a manual gearbox ,How about a nice ford transit diesel with manual gearbox and become a white van man UK style
  • jcm1116
    jcm1116 - 2008 Subaru Impreza - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/30/2012
    Need advice on a clutch related issue
    Today out of nowhere I came to a stop light, when I tried pulling forward my clutch became instantly stiff and would just rev up as I stepped on the gas, it was fine all day and like I said this literally happened by just coming to a stop, is this my clutch or ...
    • Spoon Sports
      3/15/2012 Spoon Sports
      Nice car chief. Thank God you dont own an automatic, its a waste of the Impreza's abilities.
      Try bleed the clutch system and grease the clutch slave cylinder ball area that meets the transmission fork.
      Spoon Sports
      3/16/2012 jcm1116
      it basically slips as soon as you accelerate, the clutch is stiff and it doesn't feel like its engaging, coming to a stop it just took a dump.
    • Spoon Sports
      3/16/2012 Spoon Sports
      In my experience, a clutch slipping is a sign that you need to replace the clutch parts (pressure plate, clutch disc, throwout bearing).

      However, for the stiffness, it sounds to me as though you have dislodged the clutch arm of the ball pin inside the gearbox this means its not pushing your thrust bearing properly it can be put back in place by jacking the car up and pull the rubber back look inside the bell housing of the gearbox and you can see where it needs to be
      Spoon Sports
      3/16/2012 jcm1116
      I will definitely give it a try and let you know, hopefully it's that simple. and the reservoir seems to be moving a lot more than it should when you press the clutch in, its basically a creaking noise.
    • Spoon Sports
      3/30/2012 Spoon Sports
      good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor
  • 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 .