I would like to tap the wisdom of those on the forum. I don't expect to try to fix this myself as I have almost no AT experience or special tools but I would like to be knowledgeable when talking to a repair shop. Sounds like I have a similar problem.
At low speed like pulling into or leaving a parking place and when turning our Subaru Outback has a pronounced drive line chatter or binding.
1998 Subaru Outback, 2.5 L, Auto, Very conservatively driven ( wife's car ), less than 40K miles half of that on basically flat suburban roads in Arizona. There are very few times where the AWD actually served.
Transmission fluid is full and clean ( Original fluid ). Tires are original and have equal tread ( ~ 2/3 of original ).
Gas mileage has been approximately constant over the last several years. A test in a sloped parking lot I could move froward at 700 RPM ( AC fast idle ) in drive but would only hold position at 600 RPM ( normal idle ). In both cases there was no evidence of engine missing.
Coasting in the parking lot, engine off, in neutral, and turning hard back and forth did not indicate any sort of CV joint binding. Likewise there was no CV joint noise.
Putting a fuse in the FWD fuse socket seems to eliminate the low speed chatter.
When I start the car the "AT oil temp" light comes on and soon after the engine is running goes out. ( It does not flash afterward. )
What is the best guess at the problem ??
What might I realistically expect for a repair bill ??
Will leaving the FWD fuse in temporarily cause any harm ??