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I have a subaru forester that when in the reverse or nuetral position the car still moves forward what could be the likely problem

The gear box ATF has not been changed for year checking on its level it was too low and was dark in colur

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You may have damaged the locking gear in the transmission by not giving it proper lubrication. Subarus are excellent machines if you treat them with respect and change fluids regularly!

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SOURCE: 1999 Subaru Forester Where is fuse for electric

you may find the fuse diagram on the inside of the fuse box cover, try looking under the dash there might be another fuse box there.......hope this helps....cheers

Posted on Sep 18, 2010

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