Ignition Key Sticking / Design Change to CVT Shifter / Selector Lever Components – 2012-2018 Subaru

NHTSA ID Number: 10155220

Manufacturer Communication Number: 16-112-18R

Summary

This bulletin announces a design change to the CVT select lever (shifter) mechanism in response to isolated customer concerns of not being able to remove the key from the ignition switch when the vehicle is in Park. The cause is contamination of the Park-Range switch internal components.

 

30 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
SUBARU CROSSTREK 2013-2018
SUBARU FORESTER 2014-2018
SUBARU IMPREZA 2012-2018
SUBARU LEGACY 2015-2018
SUBARU OUTBACK 2015-2018
SUBARU WRX 2015-2018

INTRODUCTION:

This bulletin announces a design change to the CVT select lever (shifter) mechanism in response to isolated customer concerns of not being able to remove the key from the ignition switch when the vehicle is in Park. The cause is contamination of the Park-Range switch internal components.

 

PRODUCTION CHANGE INFORMATION:

The new select lever components were incorporated into production as per the table below:

Vehicle / Model Starting VIN
Legacy J*017478
Outback J*245513
Impreza 4-Door J*605062
Impreza 5-Door J*712211
Crosstrek J*209256
Forester J*441815
WRX J*808100

 

PART INFORMATION:

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The term PLATE-GUIDE B refers to the Park-Range switch which is a serviceable part of the select lever assembly on all models listed above EXCEPT Legacy and Outback. See the illustrations provided below for more details.
  • For Legacy and Outback, the shifter assembly (SELECT LEVER COMPLETE) must be replaced if the Park-Range switch is found to be faulty.
Description Part Number Applicability
PLATE-GUIDE B 35122FJ033 2012-2016MY Impreza
2013-2017MY Crosstrek
2014-2018MY Forester
2015-2018MY WRX
35122AJ162 2018MY Crosstrek
35122FL00B 2017-2018MY Impreza
CLAMP 35164AJ000 1-Time Use items, must be replaced whenever installing PLATE-GUIDE B on above models, 1 of each required.
35164AJ010
SELECT LEVER COMPLETE 35111AL00B 2015-2017MY Legacy & Outback

 

SERVICE PROCEDURE / INFORMATION:

NOTE:  The diagnostics below were previously supplied in the June 2017 issue of TIPS.

  • After confirming the customer concern of not being able to remove the key from the ignition switch, check the following PID for Key lock solenoid output (Figure 1 below) in the Body Integrated Unit (BIU) current data display.
  • If the Key lock solenoid output is displayed as Lock, the next step in diagnosis should be to check the following PID (Figure 2 below).
  • P SW is the park range switch, located in the AT shifter assembly. If the shifter is in the Park position and this PID remains OFF, suspect an issue with either the park range switch or the related wiring.  Check for drink spills, previous interior repairs, modifications and the shift lever position itself.  Troubleshooting procedures can be found in the applicable Service Manual under the AT Shift Lock Control System > KEY INTERLOCK CANNOT BE LOCKED OR RELEASED.

After diagnosis has confirmed the Park-Range switch to be faulty, either:

  1. Replace the SELECT LEVER COMPLETE assembly (on Legacy and Outback models) or,
  2. Replace the Park-Range switch (PLATE-GUIDE B) following the Select Lever disassembly / assembly procedure in the applicable Service Manual.

IMPORTANT TIP:  After removing the shift knob there will be a white plastic rod / plunger protruding from the top of the chrome lever.  Use a permanent marker and mark its position as shown in the photo so it can be put back in the same place during reassembly.  The bottom end has a notch in it which must be in the correct position for proper operation of the mechanism.

After Select Lever reassembly is complete, be sure to confirm the following:

  • the combination meter indicator matches the select lever position when changing from “P” range to “D” range
  • the select lever position and indicator match each other
  • the select lever operates smoothly from “P” to “D” and back to “P” range
  • the ignition key can be removed from the ignition lock when the vehicle is in Park.


NUMBER: 16-112-18R
DATE: 03/15/18
REVISED: 02/20/19

https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=10155220

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2019/MC-10155220-9999.pdf

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