Can you rebuild Subaru cvt transmissions

Asked by May 30, 2017 at 12:03 AM about the 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Subaru dealer says it has to be replaced can't be rebuilt ?

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If you haven’t done it already call Subaru of America at 1-800-782- 2783. the problem is related to the torque converter and maybe the valve body. the dealers and Subaru are aware of it.The service bulletin is 16-90-13R. It calls for a new torque converter and maybe a new valve body. If your out of warranty then complain,rant,rave hold your breath till you turn blue. The repair has been done on out of warranty vehicles as a good will gesture before.

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How many miles are on your car?? Call them and appeal to their past goodwill gestures...


I have a 2010 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5 with the CVT transmission and 83,500 miles.... works fine.... Have you ever had the transmission fluid changed...? Best of luck...


If my first answer was helpful, with the number to call, please mark it accordingly... thanks.


In your case it is actually more cost effective to replace rather than rebuild yours. Most dealerships do not want to be bothered with tear down, find what is actually wrong, clean the whole thing up measure each componet for abnormal wear, replace worn and damaged parts, put it all back together and back in the vehicle and then have to warranty it, too much of a hassle and it takes too long, people just won't wait for thier cars that long. So I hope this sheds some light on why the dealer wants to do this. Markw1952 seems to know his Subuarus, so take his advise if it relates to your problem. I just threw my two cents in cause at one time I did work at a dealership.

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It never hurts to "ask"... The worst they can say is "no"...and, remember that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, that's not an exaggeration.. besides, there's a precedent of cases where they've done it and those people spread good will for Subaru... Start out by being nice and bring up the TSB..... they're​ aware of it. Why do you think they have been making changes to the CVTs the past few years.. Look, it doesn't happen to every car.. there's thousands of Subarus on the road from the same iteration as yours and never had a problem, BUT, some did.... What's your car's mileage? If you are over 150,000 miles.... maybe it will be more difficult to make a case for them to replace it... Under 100,000, I think it would be easier... You'll have to just go talk with them in person.... Don't expect to do this over the phone.... good luck.


My research indicates that no one in the USA rebuilds CVT's. They apparently need a clean room work space. Even Subaru does not sell rebuilt CVT's.


The new cost is astronomical so you may want to install a used CVT with warranty and then sell the car - I would.


Mark you do not know what the problem is with this persons CVT. The TSB may cover the problem or it may not and you have no way of knowing so let us keep that clear. Even if this is the problem the fix won't be cheap and who knows if a dealer can do this repair correctly even if they agree to take it on. This TSB only covers an issue with low idle speed at a full stop.


F_O_R, that's correct, I don't exactly know, but, again, it never hurts to the way, here's a place that says they can rebuild CVTs... and, I've seen YouTube videos of other people who do this,

27,705 2014/403601-tsb-16-90-13r-torque-converter-found.html


I guess I have run across their website but they give zero information which is why I forgot about it. They don't say what kinds of CVT they rebuild or what type of warranty they give.


Good article, httsp://


Here's an example of a Subaru that went almost 300,000 miles on the same CVT can be done....


F_O_R-. Just for your information... found out today that my personal mechanic has a connection for a place that rebuilds CVTs for around $3,000 and guarantees a 100,000 miles...I don't think that's bad at all...

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I would like to see the details of that as Subaru won't warranty them for that far. My guess is they have to offer an extreme warranty to get any takers at all. I wonder what their track record is?


OK, I'll ask my mechanic if he can tell me the name of that repair shop.... I can assure you that my mechanic, who has worked on my cars for the past 15 plus years knows exactly what he's doing.. that is why he has all of my business and I've referred countless friends to him​... They are all very impressed with his skill set... Has never failed me.... As I mentioned before, I don't work on my cars... I just need to have a great mechanic who is honest and knows what to do.


He may but that does not carry over to the CVT people. Probably 90% of these rebuilt transmissions go into cars that are sold long before 100k is reached.

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