Rough AT transmission shifting (Outback 2002 AT 2.5L H4)

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by Voja, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. Voja

    Voja Guest

    What can cause rough AT transmission shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear when
    engine is cold/warm (not hot)(say 5 to 10 min. into driving)?

    I have 2002 AT Outback 2.5L H4. Odometer is currently at ~ 74K km (~46K
    miles) and I had flushed transmission oil at 71K km (for the second
    time, first one was at 48K km)).

    I drive around 90 km daily (60km city, 30km hwy).

    I've also noticed that when I start engine and shift in reverse car kind
    of jumps backwards. But if I shift in drive all is good. I do not feel
    that 'jump'.

    I know that ECU is designed to keep transmission in low gear(s) until
    engine/transmission is warmer but this is getting worse (I think).

    My idea is that there is not enough AT oil in the transmission because
    once engine is hot (at operational temp.) everything is smooth. So I
    thought this is happening only until AT oil warms up and expands
    therefore reaches certain level that is ok for its operation. However, I
    tried checking oil level and it looks ok. Damn dip-stick it black and
    bends at one point so it is really hard to tell if the level is ok.

    All ideas are appreciated. :)

    Cheers,
    Voja
    Burnaby, BC, Canada
     
    Voja, Nov 5, 2004
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. Voja

    hippo Guest

    <<My idea is that there is not enough AT oil in the transmission because
    once engine is hot (at operational temp.) everything is smooth. So I
    thought this is happening only until AT oil warms up and expands
    therefore reaches certain level that is ok for its operation. However, I
    tried checking oil level and it looks ok. Damn dip-stick it black and
    bends at one point so it is really hard to tell if the level is ok.>>

    Fluid level would be my first thought. Know what you mean about that
    dipstick. Try inserting it gently to where it binds then rotate it gently
    to clear the rest of the way. I assume you're checking with the engine
    running? Cheers
     
    hippo, Nov 5, 2004
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. Voja

    Redphan Guest

    Redphan, Nov 6, 2004
    #3
  4. Voja

    Brian K. M. Guest

    I had the same problem with my '98 Pontiac Sunfire a few years back.
    My problem started after some dealer service, so I decided to take a
    look at the tranny fluid level thinking it was lower. However, when I
    opened the high level plug, I drained over a quart of fluid out!!! I
    put the plug back it, went for a test drive and everything was fine.
    Be very glad that Subaru's have a much better designed transmission
    that has a dip stick and drain plugs so you'll never have to drop a
    pan to change fluid or a filter.

    Brian
    '04 OBW
     
    Brian K. M., Nov 8, 2004
    #4
  5. Voja

    Voja Guest

    Thanks for the ideas.

    Cheers,
    Voja
     
    Voja, Nov 9, 2004
    #5
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.