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Old 08-16-2010, 11:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 2004 Outback delay in shifting to drive after reverse?

Hi all,
I have been searching the forum to try and see why my 2004 automatic has a 5-10 sec delay engaging into drive once I have backed out of the garage or out of a parking spot. I see that it is common with 1999 and 2000 Outback’s but not later years? Is that true, i.e. does it happen to 2002-2004 or newer as well? If not I might have a big problem then? Ideas?
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is a new issue for a 2004. 1st step is change the fluid then we can go from there.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have already done that. I have drained it drove it drained in drove it for a total of 4 times to make sure I got all the old out. I am using Valvoline Dexron III fluid. I did that at 55,000 when I bought the car. It was red when I did it the first time but I did it anyway. I also have done the same process every 10,000 or so since then as I live in Arizona and its hot here (I now have ~75,000). The guys with the 1999-2000 tried "trans-x" sealer in their transmissions so I might try that? Mine was sold originally in California and it has the weird idling thing so maybe that is what is causing the delay?
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You are not going to like my answer.

But first read this.

FIXED!! Trany delayed forward engagement - Ultimate Subaru Message Board
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Ok last night my wife thought I was crazy to say the delay is 5-10 sec as she has not noticed it before. So this morning I counted and it was about 3 seconds after backing out of the garage. I guess because there is some type of delay it seems like forever!
Then when I got to work this morning I did several reverse to drives (like backing out of a parking spot) and it engaged almost immediately every time. I guess the 3 second delay only occurs if the car has been sitting for more than 7hrs or so. I will try it again when I leave from work today and let you guys know.
This is my first Subaru so maybe a slight delay 3 or 4 sec when going from reverse to drive is normal for an Outback with 75,000 miles???
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You are not going to like my answer.

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FIXED!! Trany delayed forward engagement - Ultimate Subaru Message Board
What's not to like about it? I'm on page 13 and ready to try a bottle on my 07 with the delayed engagement. (I serviced the trans using Suby ATF and Suby filter.)
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well the ultimate fix is a transmission rebuild, so if you wnat to talk about 1500-2000 dollar repair i will freely talk about it.

Your shift delay when cold is a little long but not unreasonable. My car has a longer dealy cold then warm, but no where near that long.

How does the car shift otherwise. How does it do when starting from a stop?
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Is it fair to assume this discussion concerns the 4EAT? HPH
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It is, but I also thought is was basically a 2001 issue. It can be that sometimes things break.
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A million years ago my wife and I were given a Pinto wagon. After a year or so the we experienced the delay in engaging forward after backing out of the driveway. Fast forward a couple of months and we were having to drive around the block a couple of times before it would engage.
"forward pump" the mechanics said. I bought a junk yard tranny and put it in that pile of crap and we drove it for another 6 months before trading it in.

I've avoided auto transmissions like the plague ever since, except for this Subaru (I wasn't impressed with the clutch chatter of my '02 LGT anyway).

Whew, got back on topic in the nick of time.
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