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Old 10-06-2010, 08:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For a little while now my girlfriend's transmission has been shifting a little weird. Around 27-30 mph it acts like it wants to shift but its not getting enough gas and its almost in between gears and it shudders. As soon as you give it a little more gas it shifts and drives just fine. I checked the fluid and it was fine and I thought maybe it was slipping but the car only has 55k on it. Is there something else I can look at or for that might solve the issue or should we take it to a shop? Thanks a lot!

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Old 10-06-2010, 12:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is the problem clearly repeatable? If the car is still within the 5 year/60k miles power train warranty, take it to the dealer and have them try it. At least, this will get the symptom on record if the dealer "doesn't find anything wrong" and in the event something more serious shows up later.

That said, has the transmission fluid ever been serviced (usually involves just a drain and refill)? This might be suggested by the dealer.
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Thanks for the reply, I forgot about the power train warranty so we called the dealer and are going to take it there tomorrow to have them check it out. It's been repeating the problem almost every day so hopefully it will do it for them as well...

She did have the 30k service done around 35k or so by the dealer where she bought the car, so I assume they changed the trans fluid when they did everything else (but knowing dealers I wouldn't be surprised if they forgot...). I checked the dip stick for the trans about two weeks ago when she first told me about the problem and it looked full. The fluid was clear, like clean motor oil, which struck me as odd since I thought ATF was usually red... Maybe the dealer used a different kind though...

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I'm interested to hear the results!
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Dealer probably did not service the ATF as it's not required by the maintenance schedule at that time unless the car is seeing "severe" service. The work order or invoice for the 30k service would list it and/or show a charge for the new ATF.

Colour of the ATF doesn't mean much. The Subaru ATF-Type HP, which is recommended for all automatic transmissions from 2006 on, starts out red but will eventually turn a honey sort of brown, but this change does not necessarily indicate the fluid is worn out. In fact, ATF can lose important properties without any apparent signs.
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So we took it to the dealer on Friday and they looked at it and test drove it and the guy came back and was like I didn't feel anything but if you want to come with me for a ride we can try again. Thankfully it did it with me in the car so I was able to say "that's it, it's been doing that." He said that it was likely something going on with the torque converter as it locks up when the car goes into OD. We got it back to the shop and it turned out that there was an update for the PCU so he flashed it and told me that might fix the problem but if it didn't to bring it back and they would see if they needed to change the fluid first or if they could just replace the torque converter (depending on what the warranty said). We drove it all weekend and put a couple hundred miles on it and didn't feel much of anything wrong so I'm thinking that the PCU flash might have actually fixed it! Thanks again for your help guys!

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