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I haul my 2 large dogs around in my '13 outback (which has about 80K on it). In the winter, no issues. In the summer, when the temp is above 75 degrees, and the speedometer reads over 72 (or so), ATF warning light comes on - but not consistently.

Which means we get to pull over & idle until the darn thing turns itself off. PITA - because I do long distance driving for dog shows & trials. Stopping every 40 - 150 miles is quite annoying.

Planning on a trip to Cleveland (about 6 hrs) in mid-July. So irritated by this I'm considering renting a car!

Ideas & suggestions, please. Note: I am *not* a gear head, just an average person who happens to like to work with her dogs & needs reliable transpo.

ATF has been changed, levels are fine
 

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Check for obstructions or damage on the cooler/radiator. Sounds like poor airflow.
 

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2.5 4 cylinder with the CVT?

or 3.6 6 cylinder with the last of the great 5EAT?
 

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yeah, maybe blast the dead bugs out of the radiator?
 

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Additional info (which, of course, I should have included in 1st post) - this has been going on for 3 summers now. Have had car checked by certified subaru techs, and my normal guys. No one has been able to figure out the cause. Yet.
 

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Um... how would I tell this? so asks the non-gear-head.
back of the 3.6 6 cylinder cars say "3.6" on them.....and their owners know they PAID for the one that goes faster and hauls bigger trailers,...and when I say paid ...like they paid $10,000 more for that privilege over the plain 2.5 4 cylinders..


more on the 2013 cars here:
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so I am thinking you have a typical 2.5 4 cylinder, with the engine that may consume oil, and the CVT that may just go plain bad.

(both under extended warranty to 100,000 miles).

http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/66-problems-maintenance/490193-fb25b-fb20-extended-warranty-oil-consumption.html

http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/66-problems-maintenance/429481-cvt-warranty-extension-2010-15-a.html
 

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back of the 3.6 6 cylinder cars say "3.6" on them.....

so I am thinking you have a typical 2.5 4 cylinder, with the engine that may consume oil, and the CVT that may just go plain bad.
And you would be right! This is a 'new to me' car - needed something fast after my beloved Volvo V70 crapped out. A friend offered it at a reasonable price.

Have not had oil consumption or CVT issues (yet), but am watching.

A mechanically oriented friend will be checking car again later. More as it happens.
 

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And you would be right! This is a 'new to me' car - needed something fast after my beloved Volvo V70 crapped out. A friend offered it at a reasonable price.

Have not had oil consumption or CVT issues (yet), but am watching.

A mechanically oriented friend will be checking car again later. More as it happens.
one of the things that keeps the CVT going: a drain and fill. subaru originally stated that it was forever fluid, but that is just bunk.

and getting a dealer to drain and fill with the special subaru CVT fluid is kind of common place on here. (people getting it done before 100,000 miles)
 

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and getting a dealer to drain and fill with the special subaru CVT fluid is kind of common place on here. (people getting it done before 100,000 miles)
Good to know - thanks. I'lll get that done this summer.

Delayed response because I have some wretched tick-borne malady, which has not responded to treatment yet. Had radiator checked carefully. Also the pump. Both fine. Is there a chance that the solenoid is not working correctly? And is there a way to tell?
 
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