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Chicagoed 01-18-2004 11:20 AM

Transmission: Wont go !!
I am brand new to this forum, and hope that someone can shed a little light on a problem I am having. My car is a 2000 Outback Limited Sedan, auto trans. After I shift from park or nuetral to drive, the car initially wont move. Its as if the trans never shifts to drive. After giving it a little gas, it's ok. The car never slips once it is going, and doesnt give any indication of a shifting problem once it is under way. Just thought someone may have had an experience like this and a possible solution. The car has 31000 miles on it, and I have had very little problem with it.



Kevin 01-18-2004 06:52 PM

It may be one thing I've seen in many automatic cars. I habit many people have is when they put their car in reverse and back out, they throw the car into drive before coming to a complete stop. That puts incredible stress on the tranny and can lead to premature failure. My father has this habit, he had a brand new 1998 Dodge Intrepid and his tranny went out at 27K miles because he did this ALL the time. This may not be your particular problem, if you bought the car used someone may have done this before you. But if you do have this habit, there is an 80% chance that is why you have your problem. Other than that I can't think of anything else, the Subaru 4-spd Auto is pretty heavy duty. Although it isn't the best in the world, I've seen many people with problems with this tranny. Check with your Subaru tech for the best answers. Cheers, Kevin :)

Chicagoed 01-19-2004 10:12 AM

Car was purchased with 500 miles on it. We are pretty normal when it comes to shifting gears on the car. This problem occurs if you are sitting with the car in Nuetral or Park.....then foot on the brake, shift to drive. Car wont go. After a tapping the excellerator a bit, it will move and from that point act normally. Was hoping someone would have had similar issue, so that when I bring it in to Subaru, I will have some kind of an idea what might be wrong.

Thanks for your response.


1 Lucky Texan 01-19-2004 01:49 PM

A few questions;

ANY recent service(just prior to noticing the problem)?

Any tranny service issues?

Have you checked the fluid level/color/smell?

Any recent use of a 'donut' spare or new/different tires?

Is the idle rpm normal?

1 Lucky Texan

Chicagoed 01-19-2004 03:56 PM

Thanks for the reply.....

No service issues on the car since purchased. Fluid level OK. Never used spare, and idle seems normal as usual. This car has only had oil changes since new.


1 Lucky Texan 01-19-2004 11:27 PM

OK - if you were to find a parking lot and perform tight circles and tight figure eights (or perhaps you've noticed when driving?) would the car feel like it's binding or jerking? If so, try using the FWD fuse in the box under the hood and retest at the parking lot. NOTE - this is a longshot as ,really, your symptoms do not seem like clutch pack/awd problems - just something you can try on your own.

Another longshot might be to reset the ECU. Disconnect the neg. battery cable, step on the brake pedal, wait about 30 minutes, reconn. , start and test drive car.

good luck

1 Lucky Texan

Teasdam 01-22-2004 03:32 PM

brake pedal?
I've reset the computer on other vehicles before, but I just left the neg terminal off for a while then reconnected it. Works on my Chevy truck. Subaru's need a puch on the brake pedal or something?

bheinz57 01-22-2004 04:57 PM

I think stepping on the brake pedal gets rid of any unleashed power in the system, like any capacitors. I have heard 95% of people say to do that with resets for Subaru's Brian

clearpoint 03-05-2004 12:12 PM

Transmission won't go
I am having the same problem with my Outback but I have 104K miles on it. The care runs fine but takes a while to get into drive after being parked. I came across this bit of info that makes sense.
It said that the torque converter was draining down when left idle for a while. The solution is to replace the cooler line and a new check valve must be installed.

I have not tried it yet but it makes sense to me. Anyone have an opinion on this?

Glad33 03-05-2004 09:34 PM

had similar problem, car slow to engage from R to D
also pulled off side of road put in P then about 2 min later put in D put foot down, rev to about 4000 before engaging harshly and jumping forward
suby dealer thought maybe fault with Speed Sensor on Tranny No fault found surgested oil change first, also cahnge oil type to the new suby oil CASTROL "TRANSMAX J"
car has done 193K(120K) and only in the last 3000kms that Ive noticed problem

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