Transmission hesitates in drive
Car is a 1999 Subaru Forester automatic, with mileage around 85,000. When the engine is running but the car is stopped, and then I give it gas to go forward, the car hesitates to move (does not engage the gear). This problem is the worst when I am going downhill and turning right. It sometimes happens on the level, but not as often and it hesitates for a shorter time. I have not had this happen when going in reverse.
My garage says the car is losing transmission fluid, and they've added more a couple of times. That does seem to help temporarily, but the problem comes back. They say the head gaskets need to be replaced to really fix this, which is an expensive job because they have to pull the engine. However it seems to me that if the problem is the head gaskets leaking, the hesitation would be more consistent. I'm wondering if there is tubing or something that could be leaking more when the wheels are turned to the right, but I don't know that much about how the transmission is set up. Anybody know what the problem is?