Join Date: Nov 2009
Car: 2009 Outback XT, 2.5 Liter Turbo, AT
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Shift Lock Solenoid Clicks
I have a 2009 Outback XT with automatic transmission that I bought in June. It has 7K miles on it and I absolutely love it. A few months ago, I noticed a small clicking sound coming from the gear shifter area. The noise happened when I was slowing down to a complete stop, probably around 1-2 miles per hour.
I took it in to have my dealer look at it. They at first said they didn't hear anything, but after a few calls explaining it, they called back and said that it was the shift lock solenoid and that it was normal for it to click. The tech supervisor even said his 2008 OB does it but "he doesn't really notice it because he has the radio on." I can hear the click even with the radio on - at least at normal volumes.
Now that I know that it's the shift lock solenoid, I started to notice the click when depressing the brake pedal when in "P".
I have many, many friends with Subarus and starting asking around if they have similar issues. No one did - even a person with a 2009 Legacy turbo (same engine, transmission as my OB) said that his was silent.
My question to the forum is this: should I "live with it" as the tech implied or should I push the dealer to make a repair?
My thought is that they said it is operating normally and thus they don't want to replace it. But if it wasn't under warranty, and I said I wanted it fixed, I am sure they'd be happy to take hundreds of my dollars to fix it. I spent the most I ever have on a vehicle and now I have to live with a clicking sound for the next 7-10 years? I have owned many Hondas with automatics and they never clicked.
What do you all think?