shifter went into drive and did not engage into drive,left wagon at dads and came back and to pick up car with tow truck and checked to see if would go into drive and it did

Asked by May 12, 2018 at 09:16 PM about the 2000 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

drove car, ran fine until went to dads then went out to go home and put shifter
into drive and it did not engage into drive just reved up. came back three days
later and started it up and put shifter into drive and it engaged, just wondering
what would cause that.

1 Answer

10,500

Cracked inner front transmission seal. As rebuilding the 4EAT transmission is rarely successful, your only choice is to replace with used newer unit, at $1500-2k total. In the meantime you CAN try adding a small bottle of transmission leak seal conditioner to the transmission AFTER draining and refilling with fresh ATF (3.5 qts required). Over a week or so the conditioned may expand a SHRUNKEN front piston seal to allow reasonable operation; but a CRACKED seal cannot be chemically improved. So try draining the ATF and replenishing the 3.5 qts with a bottle of conditioner and keep your fingers crossed as the days and weeks go by. If no improvement you should trash this antique.

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