The little subaru that could...
April 15, 2011 8:27 AM Subscribe
Car is acting funky. I know there is a transmission issue, but...
posted by rich to travel & transportation (10 answers total)
OK, so, a recent check at the shop, the mechanic showed me a picture snapped that he said was melted metal from inside the transmission running along the axle, most likely from a bad bearing. He said this is the source of a clicking sound I complained about. He said that as long as I treat her with kid gloves (no hard accelerations, etc), she should be fine.
I've noticed a slip when moving from reverse to drive, figure this is where the trans problem is.
However, the main issue I'm trying to figure out is that at times, going from a near stop or full stop, and pressing the gas, the car acts like it is about to stall out. It's never actually stalled, and after a few put put puts/stuttering, catches and goes. Happens more often on going up hills when I've been sitting in traffic or at a light.
I don't think this is related to the trans, though.
It's a 99 Subaru Legacy wagon, 170k miles on it. I drive about 175 miles a day due to my current assignment, so am not feeling the love of getting a new car and putting it through that kind of punishment for the next 6months - year. Had a new head gasket around 125k. No other major mechanical problems. It's actually been a solid car otherwise, and a great investment.
Bought in 2001 used for $12k off ebay motors, and figure have averaged about $1000 year in maintenance (the head gasket hit me for about $3500, so spread that out), including things like CV joints and tires. So about 3 car payments worth a year, which I think is pretty good.
Oh, and as an aside - windshield has multiple pits about the size of a sharpened pencil point.. any thoughts on an easy way to fill them in all at once for cheap?
1. dangers of driving with the transmission as described?
2. what's with the stuttering starts?
3. windshield advice?