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Subaru Legacy GT Shifts Hard

Q. I have a 1998 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5 litre. It is a 5-speed with 51,000 miles. Fuel injected, ABS brakes, P/S, A/C, cruise. The question I have is why it shifts hard. Sometimes when you go to put into first gear or reverse you have to push hard. It doesn't seem to shift smoothly at all.

Also if you get the RPM's past 4,000 when shifting from first to second and from second to third it seems like it grinding into gear you can feel it in the shifter but the rest of the shifting is fine. If you keep the rpm's under 4,000 it won't do it. It has a hydraulic clutch and it seems like it doesn't react fast enough.


A. I would check the clutch fluid and make sure it is at the proper level and in good condition. Since the fluid is about four years old, it would be a good idea to flush it and refill with fresh fluid. That in itself may solve your problem.

If there is no improvement, the clutch is probably starting to wear out or there may be a problem inside the transmission itself.

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