My 2001 Subaru Outback Legacy Sedan won't engage in forward gears.

Asked by Jun 02, 2014 at 06:05 PM about the Subaru Outback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Backed car up into it's driveway space.  Put it in gear, heard and felt it go into what should have been gear, but then there seemed to be no forward gears.  Reverse does seem to be in tact.

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17,065

as a d.i.y. person there is one thing I learned; stock answer that you will get is that you need a tranny overhaul. Without a service guide you won't even know the set up of your tranny,the auto mechanic will guess and the transmission shop is your last hope. I could ;but,won't take you through the month long journey I went through to weed my way through myth and mystery surrounding trannys;until, I found out the set up of mine and how to fix it externally. Unless you have countless hours ;the cheapest thing to try is to drain the tranny a few times and put in a new filter. Stay away from stop leaks because they soften the seals and don't really fix anything. If after new fluid you get no difference then [electronic trannys have solenoids inside them] a solenoid may be the problem.

17,065

all trannys are different - with mine selector set to D1 is 100% electronic so I put mine in D1 and it worked fine. Then it has a manual hydraulic override of the electric for selector level in D3 or D2 position regardless of the shift solenoids. That's just mine - all are different..

If it is a manual with Hi / Low range selection, you may have bumped the Hi / Low range shifter into the neutral position which stops selection of forward and reverse gears.

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