Subaru Outback Problem Report

Subaru Outback Vibtation or Shutter on Acceleration

(44 reports)

A vibration or shutter may be noted on acceleration. If the transmission torque converter is suspected a revised part is available to correct this concern.

on acceleration from a stop, there is shudder ( strong). This is to about to 2000 rpm. Once the car is moving no issues at all. -
SUBARU OUTBACK WAGON LL BEAN MODEL, HAS SHUTTER WHEN 1ST TAKING OFF, SEEMS TO EITHER STOP OR NOT NOTICABLE AT 40 MPH, HAD TRANSMISSION SERVICED REPLACED FLUID, FILTER AND ADDED ANTI-SHUTTER ADDITIVE, HAD REAR DIFF SERVICED AND REPLACED FLUID, NO SIGNS OF PROBLEM NOTICABEL UNDER THE CAR -
I noticed a shudder or vibration at about 20 MPH. Just recently developed. More noticeable going up hill or faster acceleration, so when there is more of a load. -
Steering wheel not only vibrates at high speeds (65-75mph), car shutters when turning at slower speeds and when accelerating (5-20mph). Brand new 2011 Outback shouldn't have problems with steering!!! -
Feel shuddering in gas pedal when accelerating from stop. Shuddering stops after gaining some speed. -
Vibration is first noticed at about 2,000 RPM (25-35 MPH), then subsides. Initially only driver felt it. Has steadily gotten worse, enough mo that passenger also feels. -
My 2011 3.6R Limited Outback would shudder around 1,600rpm... usually when lightly accelerating or when going up small hills. Torque converter was replaced and the transmission was re-flashed back into a learning mode. The shudder is now gone, but has been replaced by a number of other symptoms. -
From stop, slightly faster than average acceleration, vibration occurs around 15-20 mph then subsides until even fainter vibration around 75 mph -
Strong vibration noted when accelerating starting at 40mph and correcting At 60 mph. -
sometimes the car will die out -
Vibration is slight, but definitely present between 35 to 55 mph. You can feel on the gas pedal and seems to be coming from the rear half of car. I can't see any play or slop in the U joints, but the drive shaft has about 30 degrees of rotational play.. -
Shudder on acceleration from dead stop. Runs great otherwise. -
When I come to an abrupt stop the engine will stall and when I am on an upslope and accelerate from a stop the engine will stall if I don't give it enough gas or power. I heard it was the transfer gear box which runs $1,500 to $2,000 since they have to take the entire drive train off. -
vibration at highway speeds (5th gear). Problem improves by increasing speed. -
Shutter in the rear of the car when accelarating -
i have reported this same problem but the dealer has always dismissed it as nothing.my car trembles lllwhen i accelerate. this does not happen all the time but enough for me to be concern. -
On the open road when accelerating my car wouldn't easily shift into passing gear (automatic) and there would be this momentary pause & then a lunge forward. When I was passing mostly. After months & multiple trips to the shop with no success I took it to another town and a mechanic who specialized in Subarus. It was my transmission; I had it replaced along with valves, gaskets, belt and idler pulleys for a grand total of $2495.00 My mileage at that time was 73,310. I've learned to use 3rd gear when driving over the mountains, wanting to shift into OverDrive, etc. This aides in braking down long slopes as well. Just a word to the wise. Use your engine wisely and don't just put her in Drive and go! There is so much more your engine can do for you if you will simply learn and use your head. -
Shudder when climbing slight grade. Many times it seems to happen at speeds related to shift points (around 25MPH and between 38 and 42 mph). I do very little highway driving and highway is flat, so I have only felt this during my normal commute on 25, 35, and 40MPH speed limit roads. -
same shudder on acceleration up slight incline below 2000 RPM - torque converter replaced and it still happens -
8000 miles on it now and the shuddering is getting worse. When it first started it was at low speed and low RPM (1300 to 1600). Now it happens at all speeds. Service dept says it needs a Torque Converter. My 2002 Outback had a similar low RPM shudder but it only happened a couple times a week and it did not get worse. I was assuming that Subaru would have fixed this problem by the time I bought the 2014 Outback. Apparently not. -
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