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The transmission on my 2002 Subaru Forester is misbehaving. I recently had the transmission fluid checked and found that the level was very low. (I found this odd because there is no evidence of leakage) The service station filled the transmission. Then,the "transmission temp" light began flashing and it began skipping gears. To my knowledge, I now have first, third and reverse gears in operation. There is a noticeable "bump" when shifting out if first gear. I am not the original owner. The car has 160,000 miles.

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Seems that the vehicle may have gone into 'limp mode' to protect itself from further damage. Do a scan on the vehicle, but it soulds as though the solenoid may need replacing

P.S. With all best intentions, garages DO have screw-ups. It is possible that the tech went to get another bottle of fluid, and well...

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