2010-2012 Subaru Torque Converter Issue

10MY_Outback_3.6R_6.jpg 2010 Subaru Outback | Manufacturer image


The problem: A squeaking noise while starting the engine may be due to a faulty ring gear on the torque converter.

Vehicles affected by service bulletin:

  • 2010 Subaru Legacy
  • 2011 Subaru Legacy
  • 2012 Subaru Legacy
  • 2010 Subaru Outback
  • 2011 Subaru Outback
  • 2012 Subaru Outback

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Corrective action: Dealers will replace the torque converter on affected vehicles.

Warranty info: This service is being performed free of charge under Subaru’s new-car, extended or powertrain warranty, whichever applies.

What owners should do: Call your local dealer with your vehicle’s identification number to determine if it’s involved in this service bulletin. You can also call Subaru at 800-782-2783 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236. Reference TSB No. 16-101-16.

Need to find a dealer for service? Go to Service & Repair to find a local dealer.

Editor’s note: This is only one of dozens of service bulletins issued each month by automakers. Please check your automaker’s website to see if your vehicle has any service bulletins pending.

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