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I'm wondering if there is any way to positively confirm whether the CVT's torque converter is locked-up or not on my 2016 Forester 2.5i. This is the one time I wish it were capable of a fixed ratio as is available with the paddle shifters. Any throttle input significant enough to increase speed results in an RPM increase before the speed starts to increase. I am uncertain if this is the result of a ratio change of the CVT, or slippage due to an unlocked torque converter. Is there anyway to positively tell the difference?
 

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Torque converter lockup will show RPMs drop a few hundred. If you get upto cruising speed and see no drop then no lockup is happening (don't know if it should with a CVT?).
 

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Its difficult. Whenit is warm accelerate slowly you should feel a slight bump. At maybe 35 mph. At 55-60 mph the rpm is around 1600rpm when it is locked. I will check closer today.
 

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Torque converter lockup will show RPMs drop a few hundred. If you get upto cruising speed and see no drop then no lockup is happening (don't know if it should with a CVT?).
That's the way it worked with the old 4-speed on my 2000 Toyota Corolla, but Subaru's CVT is supposed to lock-up during acceleration (about 20mph if the CVT fluid is up to temp, if I'm remembering correctly).
 

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Checked out yesterday. You should be 1500 rpm at 50mph.

It locks up around 30+ mph. If the engine is up to temperature (requirement for lockup). Accelerate very very slowly on a flat road and you will feel it.

Hope that helps
 
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