My 96 Legacy Wagon (automatic) makes loud knock sounds on any turns. The gearshift works but it "jumps" as you switch gears. I've been told by one mechanic that I need a new transmission and another that my trans is fine. I was also told that I need a new rear differential, then another mechanic told me that I don't.
I recently removed the rear drive shaft and the sound went away, but this leaves me with no 4WD, so I put it back in and the grinding/knocking on any right or left turns came back.
I guess the least expensive option is to take out the rear drive shaft again and don't fix anything. Will this be a problem long-term? Will it wear out any other parts?
it sounds like you have torque bind. not a bad diff.
there is a fuse holder under the hood, passenger side near the fire wall behind the strut tower. it's black about the size of a zippo lighter and it should have FWD printed on the top.
open it and stick in any spare fuse, amps do not matter. then test drive the car. two things should happen, there should be a red FWD light on the dash and the problem should be gone. the car is now driving in front wheel drive, not all wheel drive.
for more info search "torquebind" and read up. this is a $1000 fix at the dealer.
try it and get back to us.
Edited by johnceggleston, 27 January 2011 - 08:50 AM.