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Are y'all sure the transmission is full? Was the refill process followed?

And did he look to verify the TCC is applying and there's no slip from the converter?
By transmission being full, if u mean trans fluid, he checked when he installed the new valve body last week and it was good he said. (I also had the trans flush 2 weeks ago w new fluid). As for the TCC I’m not sure what that is but I’m assuming a new valve body fixed any slips in torque converters and solenoids.
 

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Are y'all sure the transmission is full? Was the refill process followed?

And did he look to verify the TCC is applying and there's no slip from the converter?
Ok so I just asked to confirm and he said it’s full and there is no slip.
 

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there is no slip.
I don't recall: is the mechanic a Subaru specialist, or someone who drives a Subaru CVT regularly and might recognize something amiss? No intent to denigrate, but unless the absense of slip has been verified from actual data, can one be certain, especially with the CVT?

Heat generation in the transmission could come from the torque converter, or the chain drive system, or a slipping planetary gear set clutch.

Attached is the Read Current Data table from the FSM showing all the transmission parameters (PIDs) the Subaru Select Monitor, and equivalent tools, can display real time and record in a spreadsheet that can be analyzed for anomalies. For example, the torque converter lock up can be checked by looking at the engine rpm data versus the turbine rpm data when the lock up duty ratio is high, and the input clutch can be checked by comparing the turbine speed with the primary pulley rpm.

So his final guesses are we could change the wiring harness or the transmission itself just may be going out?
I thought the computer-indicated temperature and that of the IR thermometer were much the same. What is suspected to suggest replacing the wiring harness?

Was it asked? Are all four tires the same brand, model, size and remaining tread depth? Have you double checked?
 

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I don't recall: is the mechanic a Subaru specialist, or someone who drives a Subaru CVT regularly and might recognize something amiss? No intent to denigrate, but unless the absense of slip has been verified from actual data, can one be certain, especially with the CVT?

Heat generation in the transmission could come from the torque converter, or the chain drive system, or a slipping planetary gear set clutch.

Attached is the Read Current Data table from the FSM showing all the transmission parameters (PIDs) the Subaru Select Monitor, and equivalent tools, can display real time and record in a spreadsheet that can be analyzed for anomalies. For example, the torque converter lock up can be checked by looking at the engine rpm data versus the turbine rpm data when the lock up duty ratio is high, and the input clutch can be checked by comparing the turbine speed with the primary pulley rpm.


I thought the computer-indicated temperature and that of the IR thermometer were much the same. What is suspected to suggest replacing the wiring harness?

Was it asked? Are all four tires the same brand, model, size and remaining tread depth? Have you double checked?
I don't recall: is the mechanic a Subaru specialist, or someone who drives a Subaru CVT regularly and might recognize something amiss? No intent to denigrate, but unless the absense of slip has been verified from actual data, can one be certain, especially with the CVT?

Heat generation in the transmission could come from the torque converter, or the chain drive system, or a slipping planetary gear set clutch.

Attached is the Read Current Data table from the FSM showing all the transmission parameters (PIDs) the Subaru Select Monitor, and equivalent tools, can display real time and record in a spreadsheet that can be analyzed for anomalies. For example, the torque converter lock up can be checked by looking at the engine rpm data versus the turbine rpm data when the lock up duty ratio is high, and the input clutch can be checked by comparing the turbine speed with the primary pulley rpm.


I thought the computer-indicated temperature and that of the IR thermometer were much the same. What is suspected to suggest replacing the wiring harness?

Was it asked? Are all four tires the same brand, model, size and remaining tread depth? Have you double checked?
He is a Subaru specialist/mechanic. He cleaned out the AT coolers lines for me today. So I went to pick it up 2 hours ago. After 40 minutes of driving on the freeway about an average of 70 mph, the light never came on. Instead, while I had the cruise control on (used it for majority of this drive) it suddenly surged and felt like it wanted to stall but then suddenly revved back up in RPMs to get back to the set speed. It then did the lugging feeling and so I turned cruise control off. Immediately after this I heard like a whizzing sound like as if you had a piece of tape blowing in front of a fan or a belt spinning real fast. It’s hard to explain, but it was the sound of something spinning and it would do it whenever I would press down on the gas. I pulled over and it smelt like hot/melting rubber. I restarted the engine (keep in mind the AT Temp light never came on and the Engine temp gauge remained in the middle like always) and as I continued to drive it made that whizzing sound but then it sounded like air was trying to get into a vent but it was blocked. That’s the sound it then made from there on out and I drove like that back home not picking up past 40 mph.
 

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Your 14 Outback has a needle gauge for engine temp?

Given the info you've posted this far and the work performed, now the "whizzing" noise, it seems there is damage to the pulley drive system.

If the computer and the thermometer are reporting identical temps, it is actually overheating.

The new noise is one of three things: valve body, chain slip, or it's low of fluid. Low fluid heats quick and damages the valve body and/or chain and pulleys.

I said it in a prior post, someone who knows what they are looking at needs to utilize data and do some hands on checks instead of guessing.

You're probably looking at a new trans or a rebuild of the one you have.
 

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I'm on the same page with @cardoc.

I would much rather use the available data to see if a particular cause can be identified, perhaps leading to a less expensive solution. But without that, the option of replacing/rebuilding the transmission is something to consider.

Really disappointing that the CVT has gone this route at only 104,000 miles.
 

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Your 14 Outback has a needle gauge for engine temp?

Given the info you've posted this far and the work performed, now the "whizzing" noise, it seems there is damage to the pulley drive system.

If the computer and the thermometer are reporting identical temps, it is actually overheating.

The new noise is one of three things: valve body, chain slip, or it's low of fluid. Low fluid heats quick and damages the valve body and/or chain and pulleys.

I said it in a prior post, someone who knows what they are looking at needs to utilize data and do some hands on checks instead of guessing.

You're probably looking at a new trans or a rebuild of the one you have.
I’m clearly not a car person. Whatever the gauge on the far left of speedometer is, it was in the middle of “H” and “C” and stays there after cars been warmed up (assumed it meant engine temp). There was about a 6-10*F temp discrepancy between the computer and the IR gun on the transmission pan yesterday. Still was reading about 250-260*F at peak. I wouldn’t be star struck if it s a new valve body as I literally just paid $750 to have a new one installed last Wednesday (by this same Subaru specialist). I’m thinking it’s maybe chain slip? I do what that is but like I said valve body is brand new and he said the fluid was good.
 

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I'm on the same page with @cardoc.

I would much rather use the available data to see if a particular cause can be identified, perhaps leading to a less expensive solution. But without that, the option of replacing/rebuilding the transmission is something to consider.

Really disappointing that the CVT has gone this route at only 104,000 miles.
You’re telling me ahah. What’s happening is usually something I’d read online and find advice from and I’d think, “wow that sucks for that guy. That’s some bad luck”. But my luck is usually bad, however. Anyways I’m taking it back to Subaru right now and he’s going to check out what happened. Like I said, no lights came on (surprising) and the engine temp gauge remained in the middle throughout the drive. Only weird sounds and driving came from this.
Will update y’all soon. Thanks
 

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The gauge on the far left of the instrument cluster is miles per gallon estimate. Your model should not have a temperature gauge on the cluster. it has a light that lights up blue when the engine is cold, goes out when the engine temperature reaches about a 120-125 degrees Fahrenheit, and we'll come on red when you've hit the overheating mark on the engine.
 

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The gauge on the far left of the instrument cluster is miles per gallon estimate. Your model should not have a temperature gauge on the cluster. it has a light that lights up blue when the engine is cold, goes out when the engine temperature reaches about a 120-125 degrees Fahrenheit, and we'll come on red when you've hit the overheating mark on the engine.
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I'll be damned. Okay, temp gauge.
Lol no prob. But yeah that gauge has been staying at that maintained level during all of my driving, including last nights incident. Driving the car now, and it’s driving but it has a weird sound upfront still which to (description of sound, not what’s happening) sounds like air is hitting The grill at high speeds and is being blocked out. This sound occurs after I take my foot off the gas and let the car coast. It’s shifting fine in my opinion. It just sounds very weird and feels like performance is a bit off.
 

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I'll be damned. Okay, temp gauge.
So I was bringing it back to Subaru and on the 25 minute drive here, smoke started blowing out the back. When I got here he said the transmission was leaking fluid. He’s lifting it in the air now to check it out. My luck :)
 
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