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Shift to drive hesitancy on a '00 Forester

I have exactly the same problem...I can't link it to temperature or any other factor.

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Transmission fluid "bleeding" internally at low clutch piston,when fluid leaks past the piston seal there is not enough apply pressure for the drive clutches to apply,sometimes depending on size of leak you can rev the engine to build up enough pressure to apply drive hope this helps good luck

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