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Old 11-17-2019, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default Accidently drove Cvt with low fluid

I just bought a 2013 Outback with the 2.5 and the Cvt trans. I think the PO accidently drained the trans when doing an oil change and drove on it. The car starts but doesn't move and throws P0841, p0700, p0965 and p0966.

The oil dipstick was twice what it should be and I drained 3 qts to get to where it should be. I tried to fill the Cvt and got about 3.5 qts in before it started weeping out.

The good news is the trans refill got all the lights and codes to go away. However the tires don't spin in the air. I have yet to lower it and try driving.

Is there any chance the trans is still good or should I start shopping?
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Old 11-18-2019, 10:56 AM   #2
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Boy, this screams "Jiffy Lube" from the early 2000's with manuals before they went to T70's on the tranny drain bolt. Those clowns unbolt literally anything they seem to find, drain till it stops, then add oil. Overfilled oil with empty trans was the result. Jiffy Lube bought a lot of transmissions.

I don't know what the CVT drain bolt looks like, but if it's not a T type, chances are, Jiffy Lube struck.
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Old 11-19-2019, 04:31 PM   #3
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I hope you donít need a new transmission, itís a $7-8,000 part.
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