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I would now categorize the play in the shifter on my '96 Outback 2.2l MT as excessive. You can easily move the lever laterally while in gear. I am prepared to buy an OEM shifter bushing:

https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Impreza-35047AC010-Shifter-Bushing/dp/B073G7X62Q/ref=sr_1_9?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1508975454&sr=1-9&keywords=Subaru+outback+shift+bushing

Unless anyone knows of a more robust aftermarket option.


During some digging I have also heard that there is some kind of spring in the actual lever that can wear out and cause excessive play. How can this be diagnosed? Are there other components within the linkage worth replacing or checking?

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1996 Legacy Outback | EJ22 | 400k miles | Dylan
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So I had an issue where the shift would only return to center from the right, and would just flop about from the left and neutral.
I found out that I was missing the spring underneath the car that would return the shifter to the middle. I would just check underneath to see if you have it.

http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/attachments/problems-maintenance/26176d1353849531-1996-outback-shifter-linkage-bad-trans-96-manual-trans-shifter.gif
It is #17 in this pic.

The other options are usually to replace the shifter bushings.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/PROTHANE-16-1602-SUBARU-REAR-SHIFTER-BUSHING-KIT/252052032992?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649
 

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In my opinion having done this before.. Replace it all at once. Play can come from the bushings and sleeves that have worn out over time.

I usually replace all the hilighted numbers which is about $100 (snap rings, metal sleeves, bushings, etc) plus the general bushings that are in the shift lever itself. I realized this after I did my first shifter and didn't have all the bushings and ended up still having play.

Plus.. It's a bit of a pain in the butt to get to your first time so to avoid having to do it again.. Do it all at once. :)


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