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Subaru 5 speed issues

pauleyman

DSM Wiseman
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Nov 19, 2011
oklahoma city, Oklahoma
I know a few of you are are subaru people. I have a floppy shifter in a 2004 outback. I replaced all the parts and one year later it's flopping around again. What gives? It was beautiful at first but it's awful now. Worse than it was it appears.
 

pauleyman

DSM Wiseman
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Nov 19, 2011
oklahoma city, Oklahoma
At shifter. It's a known subaru problem. Replace the linkage at trans and all good. I did that and now 1 year later it's bad again. Used oem part too
 

19Eclipse90

DSM Wiseman
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Sep 29, 2003
OKC, Oklahoma
Mine’s an auto so I can’t speak to what’s there. Certainly there’s something you could do with shifter bushings to tighten it all up?
 

BLACK'98DSM

Proven Member
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1,402
Feb 9, 2019
Alabama
I always used the red bushing kit from Energy Suspension and it tightens them up. After putting them in 4 Subarus, I can say that this is one of the rare cases when OEM parts are not the best.

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It's rare but still possible to have some other issue. I'd say 90% of the time those are the issue though.
 

pauleyman

DSM Wiseman
8,567
3,003
Nov 19, 2011
oklahoma city, Oklahoma
I always used the red bushing kit from Energy Suspension and it tightens them up. After putting them in 4 Subarus, I can say that this is one of the rare cases when OEM parts are not the best.

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It's rare but still possible to have some other issue. I'd say 90% of the time those are the issue though.
I did all those plus a new oem bracket u joint thing. It's was like brand new and now after a year it's loose again
 
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