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Old 08-19-2008, 06:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Greetings.

I hope this is the right forum for this question. We have a 2002 Forester with about 95k miles on it. Everything is original (except brake pads). It has been a great car, 100% reliable, and my wife loves it. (It's hers...)

This morning while she was driving into work the AT OIL TEMP light started flashing. She was only about 3 or 4 miles from home. She stopped a few miles later & looked in the owners manual (! amazing !) and basically it said to see an official service center... When she started it back up to continue her commute, the light was off, and remained off for the remainder of the drive.

Just looking for ideas what this could be. I did do a search, but didn't find much. Any help greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-19-2008, 07:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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have a look here:

AT temp dash light info. - ScoobyMods

and

'97 Outback AT Temp light - ScoobyMods

It could be the temp got too hot and just needed to cool down. First thing I'd do is check the tranny fluid level:

ATF fluid check: How-To - ScoobyMods

If it's low it could get overheated quicker.
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I'll check the fluid tonight. I don't see how it could be hot, though, since the car had been running under 5 minutes when the light started flashing.

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that light will flash as well if the TCU detects a problem other than overheating...if doesn't occur again your probably fine
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I checked the fluid level tonight. It's fine. Doesn't smell burnt or anything, nice color. Also, the light did not come on for her on the way home. Maybe a fluke? We'll watch it...
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