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Old 07-27-2013, 10:37 AM   #1
Legion303
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1995 Impreza L sedan
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Default 4EAT no reverse, everything else fine

I searched, but couldn't find specific answers as to what the problem might be. I'm hoping someone with solid transmission knowledge can tell me.

This is a 95 4EAT for a FWD vehicle. Recently I had some hard 1-2 shifting. ATF was light brownish but didn't smell burned, so I planned to do a drop & replace after I solved my engine stalling issues (separate thread). Last Thursday the car took a couple of seconds longer than usual to engage in R in a parking lot, then was fine. By the time I got it home (3-5 miles), R was no longer engaging. I managed to back into my driveway after a few attempts, but it required high revs and it felt like there was barely any power

I immediately walked to the auto place and got ATF and a filter, and did the change. Owner's manual says ~3.5Q, but I had more like 5 after the pan drop in addition to whatever wound up on the ground when I pulled the long pipe out to remove the old filter...so I put a bit more than 5Q back in, but the dipstick is pretty hard to get a good reading on. Old filter was pretty clogged, but the pan magnet looked decent with just a bit of metal fuzz on it.

After the change, still no R.

All forward gears work fine, no noise, smooth shifting etc. No issues at town or highway speeds. Engine braking is applied when in D and downshifting to 1. I hear no clunks or other transmission noise, and nothing abnormal on slowing down or stopping (no downshift thud). No CEL or codes. After the car sat in the driveway all night, R engaged and had plenty of power until the ATF warmed up.

Local tranny shop is going to try to squeeze a quick diagnostic in on Monday, but I'd like to see if it's something I can fix before then, or at least get some ideas.

I've never used any transmission additive, but I don't have any idea whether or not the first owner did. As far as I know, this is the original tranny to match the 175K mileage engine.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:53 PM   #2
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Tranny shop wants $3K for a rebuild. Time to find another car.
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