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Old 08-10-2006, 02:45 PM   #1
mitchelt
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Default 1999 Subaru Outback...tune up....transmission?

Hi,
I have a 1999 Subaru Outback with 80k miles.

First Problem:

Sometimes when I'm at a stop light with or without the air conditioning running the engine rpm's will drop a bit and the enging seems like it is going to stall for a second then it comes back up and it is fine. This also happens when I initially step on the gas from a stop, the rpm's will drop slightly, the engine will seem like it is going to stall and then it's fine.

I always use the middle grade fuel and keep up with the oil changes.

Second Problem:

I work from home so a few days may pass between the times I drive my Subaru. When this happens the car starts fine, but when I put it in reverse to exit the garage the car does not respond very well to me pressing the gas. What I mean by that is that I press the gas, I hear the engine getting louder but I do not roll back as fast as the car should be moving. This only happens for the first 5-10 feet then it's like the car wakes up and everything is ok.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 08-14-2006, 09:06 AM   #2
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For the second problem, I had very similar issues until I changed my transmission fluid. Did you check the level and color of the fluid? You may be due for a change... (cost me about $70 at the dealer)

The first problem, I'm not too sure but it may be your spark plugs that need replacing. However, I suggest you have that checked at the dealer - I recently changed the plugs on my Outback but the access is very restrictive on the H engine and it took me hours just to "feel around" to get the old ones out and the new ones in! Worth paying the extra bucks to save yourself the hassle.

Hope this helps
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