I have a family member with an '02 Legacy GT (4EAT). It has violent torque bind under certain circumstances...tires are matched, and evenly worn, no obvious issues, no trans warning lights. The torque bind is in the form of one or two really sharp jerking/ snapping sensations in low speed corners or backing up. It's not the more mild "shuddering" sensation I have experienced with other subies.
Dealership wants $1500 to (I think) rebuild the transfer clutches. (I will get the exact details of their estimate later.) Funds are very tight for the owner, I don't want to undertake repairing the clutches myself. Based on how violent the sensation is, I'm doubting that fluid flush and fills will solve the issue. (Perhaps I'm wrong?)
Would it be possible to pull the rear section of the driveshaft to make this car front wheel drive? Do the 3rd gen cars have a FWD fuse?
Failing that, are there any good indie Subaru shops near Grand Rapids, MI who might be able to beat the dealer's price?