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97 AT Outback torque bind
Posted 14 April 2004 - 07:17 PM
There was also a claim that wear on the clutch pack could cause torque binding, but I would have expected the opposite. Are the symtoms indicative of a failing duty solenoid (the FWD test seem to invalid this), or a worn disc pack?
Posted 14 April 2004 - 07:40 PM
Do deal with the tire variance. It is 3 times Subaru's spec. You could use frag's parking lot technique (to measure) and temporarily equalize the circumferences by letting some air out of the back tires. See how it is then doing slow figure 8 turns.
I too am getting some torque bind symptoms. My understanding is that it is most likely the clutch pack. I can't really comment about the solenoid. I've heard of people running all summer with the fuse in to save a bit of gas. I'm told the circuit is such that the solenoid is energized to keep it from "activating" the clutch pack. Constant energization would not seem to be a good thing. (However, a solenoid failure would lead to activation of the clutch pack which does not strike me as fail safe mode...?) I do know that our year had some issue with a bushing wearing out somewhere in the clutch pack area.
I don't expect to be dealing with mine for a few months. (I've got struts to deal with right now.) Keep us updated.
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