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Once again, Subaru's mainstay models, the Outback and Legacy, appear to be girding for a recall. Both models have already faced callbacks for leaky CVT hoses and wiring issues, but according to Inside Line, a new issue with manual transmission-equipped 2010 and 2011 models will not only precipitate another recall, but also a stop-sale on all potentially affected vehicles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the oil lubrication hole in the six-speed manual transmission has not been drilled, which can cause gears to break. NHTSA issued a statement, saying:
"If the transmission gears are not properly lubricated, a groaning sound may begin to develop, alerting the driver to a problem. If this sound is ignored and no action is taken, the gears will eventually break and this condition will lead to vehicle power loss, possibly resulting in a crash."Vehicles will be repaired, free of charge, at any Subaru dealer in America. Most vehicles will simply have an oil lubrication hole drilled, though the automaker has informed its dealer network that vehicles with 6,250 miles or more will require the replacement of the third through sixth gearset, as well as the main shaft.
A total of 809 Outback and Legacy models are effected by this recall, which is expected to officially go into effect on August 6. In the meantime, owners are urged to contact their local dealers as soon as possible to have this problem corrected.
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[Source: Inside Line]Report: Subaru issues recall, stop-sale on 2010-11 Outback and Legacy models over gearbox flaw originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 24 Jul 2010 09:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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