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What is causing the hard shift from first to second gear the unusually high shift points and the constant down shifting at highway speeds on my 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5 auto with 164000 miles?


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February 10, 2010 12:57AM

It's possibly from a sticking brake that is making the car's computer sensor think that you're slowing down, therefor down-shifting. I just got a 97 legacy wagon with similar problems, a friend pointed out that my front left brake was hot after less than two miles of driving and said that this could fool the computer. I am broke and can't go to a mechanic yet, so I don't know if this info is correct or not. I hope I'm not steering you wrong, good luck with your problem.