Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Danville, KY
Car Year: 2001
Car Model: Forester
Transmission: 5-speed manual
These are all good suggestions; thank you all.
I did the tranny today, and wound up doing 5 drain and fills. The fluid on the dipstick really didn't look bad, but when I drained it the first time, it came out brownish-purple. It looked as though there was so much metal suspended in the fluid, it imparted a bluish tone to the brownish-red fluid, giving it almost a purple hue. I've never seen that before. I'm almost wondering if this really was the first time it's been done in the entire 100,000 miles. I saved out a quart from the first drain to send a sample to Blackstone. Not sure if it will tell me anything useful, but I'm curious.
So at any rate, each succeeding drain and fill got the fluid closer and closer to a healthier shade of red, and the car shifted a little better each time. I drove it 10 miles between each drain and fill. The color evolved through various shades of red - that brownish-purple thing, then rusty red, then blood red, and finally, on the last drain, a nice, bright, cherry red. By the time I'd completed the 4th procedure, the only way I could tell when the car was shifting was by watching the tach. It wasn't shifting badly before, but I could sometimes feel it, and now it's completely undetectable.
With one minor exception - on the last test drive, I thought I noticed a slight clunk as it shifted down from 2nd to 1st gear. I felt it two times, but it was so subtle and so unexpected that I didn't notice where I was on the tach or the speedometer when it happened. I'm guessing that it was roughly 15 MPH and maybe 1500 RPM, although I'm really not sure about the RPMs at all. Just guessing from the sound of the engine when it was happening, because both times I was approaching intersections and didn't have my eyes on the gauges. Just a very slight clunk, that I never noticed before. Does that mean anything?