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HAVE 2001 FORESTER. REPLACED ATF FLUID & FILTER. CAR WILL NOT ENGAGE IN ANY GEAR NOW. IS THERE A RESET OF SOME SORT?

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  • zermatt68 Jul 07, 2010

    FLUID LEVEL IS CORRECT,NO LEAKS .IS THERE AN ELECTRICAL CONNECTION OF SOME SORT?

  • zermatt68 Jul 08, 2010

    DARK OUTSIDE,CAR IN DRIVEWAY. WILL TRY TOMORROW.

  • zermatt68 Jul 08, 2010

    TRIED DOING ALL THE GEARS FOR 30 SECONDS EACH AS SUGGESTED ,BUT STILL NOTHING

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  • Subaru Master
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Did you fill the filter up with fluid?If not,this is the problem.If so,remove the filter and add more fluid.

Posted on Jul 07, 2010

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  • zermatt68 Jul 07, 2010

    DO YOU MEAN PUT FLUID DIRECTLY IN THE FILTER. SINCE IT IS HORIZONTAL ,WON'T MOST FALL OUT BEFORE THE THREADS ARE FULLY ENGAGED?

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Jul 07, 2010

    Does this model have a screw on transmission filter,like an oil filter?If so,remove the filter,and fill it up with transmission fluid.

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Jul 07, 2010

    Yes,get it full,then screw it on ,yes you will loose some,but the filter needs to be primed,or the pump will not pick it up.

  • zermatt68 Jul 07, 2010

    WITH FILTER OFF,I FILLED UP TO THE POINT OF FLUID COMING OUT OF THE FLUID FILTER(SCREW ON TYPE) HOLE. FILTER WAS FILLED SEPARATELY AS BEST I COULD BEFORE SCREWING IT BACK ON THE SIDE OF CASE. TOPPED OFF FLUID AS NEEDED . SAME AS BEFORE,NO GEARS.

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Jul 07, 2010

    You have let it run,and checked the fluid level,while it was in park,with it running ,correct?

  • zermatt68 Jul 07, 2010

    YES,CAR RUNNING(IN PARK)

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Jul 07, 2010

    I have seen this happen before,the pump is not picking up the fluid,I will check for tsb,and other info,I will be back.

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Jul 07, 2010

    Here is a possible solution:

    For the Forrester Transmission in the US they use Castrol Dexron III Mercon (a black bottle) as the automatic transmission fluid. It will take 4 quarts.

    For the filter for the transmission you need to use:
    FRAM PH7317







    This is what I have found so far,I am still looking,but it seems the forester has a lot of transmission problems.

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Jul 08, 2010

    Also the forums say to put the car in every gear,and leave it in the gear for about 30 seconds,then back in park,pull and check the dip stick,and make sure the level is right,and repeat the procedure.There was one forum,that used a quart of trans x ,this can be found at auto zone.try these solutions,ther has been a lot of problems with the transmission on these vehicles.

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Jul 08, 2010

    did you get the problem solved?

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Jul 08, 2010

    I did not get any text,pleas try again,did you solve the problem?

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Jul 08, 2010

    ok,got the text,,,tomorrow thanks let me know.

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Jul 08, 2010

    Short of tearing the traney down,and going threw it,I have no answers,,type in 2001 forester transmission problems onn google,and see if the forums will help you.

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Start engine then put vehicle in reverse with hand brake on and chocks behind wheels , then top up with fluid till the correct level is reading on the dipstick and i think that should do it.Never change oil on auto boxes i just leave them alone ,oil doesnt get dirty as it never goes through the engine .

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  • zermatt68 Jul 07, 2010

    HAVE TRIED THAT AND DOESN'T MOVE IN ANY GEAR.

  • zermatt68 Jul 07, 2010

    IS THERE SOME SORT OF ELECTRICAL CONNECTION THAT CAN BE LOOSE?

  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland Jul 08, 2010

    sorry i am at a loss as i do not have that amount of experiance with auto boxes ,not very common here in spain,nobody wants an auto like a manual as nobody wants an auto ,this macho thing or whatever you want to call it .i can only suggest what i have experiance of and you could be right and its an electrical thing somewhere like a dirty wiring plug connection or the drive selector cable

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