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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-16-2011, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Transmission pops out of high gear into neutral?

Today something happened for the first time.

As I was accelerating the dual range high/low transmission slipped out of standard high gear into neutral. It did it several times, despite me making sure that the lever was fully down. There is no problem with the ordinary gear stick or any of the standard five gears. It's just the high/low dual range one that keeps popping out of high into neutral. I now have to drive holding the high/low gear stick in place especially when pulling out of side roads, because the lever seems to want to lift up (or be pushed up) enough to pull the transmission out of high gear.

Does anyone know what is happening here, and how to fix it?

All thoughts most welcome.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-16-2011, 11:00 AM
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I think it means you need a new clutch? Maybe.. but I would get a second opinion.
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Not sure if this will apply to you, but here it is. You may need to register to see the pics.

ScoobyMods, Trans pops out of 5th Gear Fix.

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...th-gear-66896/

Missing 5th Gear?!

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Hers - 08 X 4EAT

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Pretty sure the OP is talking about the dual range transmission and the transfercase slipping out of High/Low, rather than the transmission itself.

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^^ As I said, not sure if it would apply. Never having been in a dual range trans I am left wondering it a loose nut/input shaft may be causing interference with any of the dual range components.

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Hi,

thanks for the comments so far. I don't think I need a new clutch because it had a new one about 20,000 miles ago, and I don't have a heavy foot. There is no problem with shifting gears.

The problem lies with the dual range transmission and the transfercase slipping out of High/Low. Every five minutes or so, the lever just sits up a fraction of an inch which is enough to pull it out of gear. I say pull it out of gear, but clearly the problem is something 'pushing' the gear out of gear, not the lever pulling it out.

I don't use the Hi/lo very much, just a couple of times in the snow recently, and have never had any trouble with it before.

The only other thing I can add is that when I push the lever down, it seems to be barely engaged. I'm sure there used to be more resistance when it was pushed home before?

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Sorry to dredge up an old post, but was this ever resolved?

My '03 is having trouble going back into Hi range from Lo, but once I finally play around long enough for it to engage it will stay in gear. I can push the lever right down but when I go to move off it pops back up a fraction and out of gear. It also makes a horrible noise, like the gears are spinning and just touching each other.

May be a related problem?

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