I need someone’s opinion. Two months ago, I took my 2005 subaru forester into the dealership shop for what they refer to as an “Intermediate Service”, recommended every 15,000 miles. On top of an oil change (which is what I initially went in for), they checked all other fluids. They gave me a Multi-Point Inspection Checklist afterward. On this Checklist they listed that my transmission fluid had “passed inspection”. They also noted that in the column representing “Inspection for Visual Leaks”, that LEFT H/G LEAKING AT 1.5(OIL) RIGHT H/G LEAKING AT .5 (OIL) OIL COOLER O-RING LEAKING AT 1, with a hand written notation “just minor”.
Fast forward to Christmas day, our “check engine light” goes on, and the car has a hard time making it up the hill to Grandma’s house. It felt like it was losing compression. I got the car in two days later ( we did not drive the car further after getting home that day). After inspection at the same dealership shop, we’re told the transmission is shot and we need to replace the head gaskets as well.
Question, isn’t condition of transmission fluid an indication of the transmission’s health? If the fluid was fine two months ago, can it deteriorate so quickly? I’m questioning how this big problem was not caught during an inspection two months ago.
Comments would be helpful.