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Offline AutobahnSHO

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Impreza
« on: July 16, 2019, 11:45:21 am »
IT's really really hard to shift the auto transmission in/out of gear. Seems worse now that we're driving it less.

I'll take it to shop tomorrow, what should I be checking??...    :hammerhead:
« Last Edit: January 11, 2020, 03:59:10 pm by AutobahnSHO »
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Re: Impreza (auto) shifter
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2019, 11:48:14 am »
IT's really really hard to shift the auto transmission in/out of gear. Seems worse now that we're driving it less.

I'll take it to shop tomorrow, what should I be checking??...    :hammerhead:

Is it just getting out of park, or is it any gear change?

It might be the little switch that prevents you from moving out of park if your foot isn't on the brake. I need to replace that on the Explorer, but it only fails some of the time, so I haven't gotten around to it yet.
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Re: Impreza (auto) shifter
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2019, 12:09:32 pm »
Is it just getting out of park, or is it any gear change?

It might be the little switch that prevents you from moving out of park if your foot isn't on the brake. I need to replace that on the Explorer, but it only fails some of the time, so I haven't gotten around to it yet.

Interlock seems fine, it's hard to push the lever up and down to any gears. Gets worse trying to go past D to little-used 3, 2 & 1.
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Re: Impreza (auto) shifter
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2019, 01:18:49 pm »
Don't know how an Impreza gear selector switch is linked up to the shift lever itself, but it's a good bet that's what's binding up.

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Re: Impreza (auto) shifter
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2019, 07:57:50 pm »
Thanks, I'll put it on the lift tomorrow and ask the mechanic there.

Nothing like $5 shop charge + $3/hr and free advice/ access to shop manuals.
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Re: Impreza (auto) shifter
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2019, 06:36:39 pm »
So mechanic thinks the cable is bad- poked a hole in the boot around the end of the cable where it meets the transmission, spray some PB blaster in, worked it some, it got better, so he thinks that's the entire problem. Car does have a lot of years on it..

Cable is $55 from Subaru. Lot cheaper than I thought it would be- and it's funny they say it goes on "50 variants (vehicles) between 2005-2014". That's some cost savings there!?!?!

Subarus must truly be like Lego cars, mix and match whatever.... !
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Re: Impreza (auto) shifter
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2019, 07:08:20 pm »
So mechanic thinks the cable is bad- poked a hole in the boot around the end of the cable where it meets the transmission, spray some PB blaster in, worked it some, it got better, so he thinks that's the entire problem. Car does have a lot of years on it..

Cable is $55 from Subaru. Lot cheaper than I thought it would be- and it's funny they say it goes on "50 variants (vehicles) between 2005-2014". That's some cost savings there!?!?!

Subarus must truly be like Lego cars, mix and match whatever.... !

Heh, yeah, everything they make (minus the BR-Z) is on one of two platforms, so I guess it makes sense that there are a lot of interchangeable parts.

The newest models will even be down to a single platform once everything gets updated - the "Subaru Global Platform". Once the new Outback comes out in a few months, I think it'll just be the WRX and STi that are left on old platforms (they tend to lag a few years behind Impreza updates).
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Re: Impreza
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2020, 04:01:25 pm »
Transmission is still ok, didn't replace the shifter cable yet.

NEW PROBLEM THOUGH-
A few times under hard acceleration got loss of power, CEL, #2 and #4 misfire.  Then it did it bad with cruise light flashing as well.

I replaced coil pack today, it drives ok except for hard acceleration, #4 misfire. Forums seem to indicate "burnt valve" on the STIs etc...

I'll have to take it to garage, sigh.   
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Re: Impreza
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2020, 07:14:58 pm »
Took it in to garage and got coilpack, wires, & plugs changed.

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In the meantime, Last Monday (MLK day) it was chilly but I had made appt to play disc golf with a work friend. Get in Miata, get charger, phone mount etc...  situated (I don't leave anything in the car cuz I always leave it unlocked) and drop the parking brake but the car won't budge. Try the handle a few times, no change. I figure it was just frozen.

I take Odyssey (40min drive) and play. Then I turn Odyssey on and the belt(s) were SQUEALING as loud as they ever go. I open the hood and don't see anything seized up. So I hope and pray and drive home. Lucky Miata parking brake that afternoon let up so I put a brick behind the downhill wheel and didn't set the brake overnight.

Get Impreza back and take Odyssey in. It turned out the bracket holding the alternator broke so the belt was sometimes barely turning because the tensioner wasn't able to keep it tight. They welded it.

Get Odyssey back and take Miata in. They say it's the caliper and not just parking cable. They put calipers and pads on. Go to pick it up is and CEL comes on in Impreza. So left Impreza there Saturday, on the way home I pull p-brake to check it, and brakes seize up some. I play with it and the car will move SOME, I was just a couple blocks from home so drove slow with hazards on, get out and one side is hot and smells like crazy.  The-pbrake doesn't hold the car on a hill so it's got a brick again.

SIGH ARGH   :rage:

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Getting groceries in Odyssey (Sandy) Saturday we saw a "gloss black pearl" 2012 Odyssey with 76k miles for sale for $12,500. 

We had been looking online from time to time, and that's a decent price. Has all the options we really want: backup cam (wife), sunroof (me), dual A/C (both), Bluetooth, rear DVD, leather, 8seats. We're going to look at it tomorrow. We'd pay cash and then need to sort out the other problems with Sandy and  Impreza, and figure which one to sell. I would prefer to keep Impreza, Sandy has almost quarter million miles and is just too big. But we've had issues with Impreza on and off, so for pure reliability Sandy might be better option.

We'll see!
« Last Edit: January 26, 2020, 07:16:47 pm by AutobahnSHO »
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Re: Impreza
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2020, 08:30:18 am »
You're a patient man.  I would have burned it all down and bought a bus pass.
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Re: Impreza
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2020, 09:08:18 am »
You're a patient man.  I would have burned it all down and bought a bus pass.

:lol:

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Re: Impreza
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2020, 09:10:22 am »
They said Impreza issue is cat converter code. I'll swap Miata after work so they can look at brakes.

We have to register Impreza in October, VA safety inspection won't pass if the code doesn't go away. But we might be in a different state by then.... It's a double cat on one pipe so expensive!
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