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Cant tell if the AWd is working?

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#1 Guest_oregonloyale_*

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Posted 06 August 2003 - 10:25 PM

Hello all,
Im a newbie to this community but not to forums of this type, anyways. I have a 92 loyale EA82 wagon non turbo that has the push button AWD mechanism on the auto gear selector.
When I push the red button to select the AWd gears the diagram on the dash shows to green front wheels . Does this mean Im "in" all AWD?

#2 Guest_Wagon Wagon_*

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Posted 06 August 2003 - 10:36 PM

Should show green to all 4 wheels on the dash, not just the front.

Here's a quick way to tell if it's engaging. Don't EVER do this any other time. Running in 4WD on pavement is OK for short runs but not in the long run at all.

Push the 4WD button. Drive the car a few feet. Turn the steering wheel all the way in one direction or the other. Then try to drive. If the car won't move, the 4WD is engaged.

Once again don't EVER make it bind like that when the car is moving or just for fun, it's pretty bad for the drivetrain. Having it happen every once in a blue moon is OK, but driving like that all the time WILL damage the car.

#3 Guest_oregonloyale_*

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Posted 06 August 2003 - 10:46 PM

according to my owners manual it is considered AWD not 4WD and it also says that I cab drive it for long periods of time on dry pavement. It is primarily a front wheel drive vehicle when not in AWD so that is why it is so peculiar that when I engage the AWD it only lights up the front whels on the dash diagram.

#4 Guest_Adam N.D.J._*

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Posted 07 August 2003 - 02:39 AM

Jes wondering? But where are you at in Oregon? Catch ya Laters.

#5 Guest_GeneralDisorder_*

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Posted 07 August 2003 - 02:42 AM

He has a center diff - so he can run on pavement. AWD is meant for it - won't bind. Only reason to turn it off is for fuel econemy.

BTW - anyone on this board actually ever damage anything from binding in 4WD? I've driven lots of old military rigs, and we bind the heck out of them. Never seen one break from it. the wheels will chirp when it gets bound to a certain point, but that's about all. Duece's are 6 wheel drive, 5 spd D/R, and I think some of ours are from the 60's. I work on them all the time, but I've never even heard of the tranny's or transfers breaking from too much bind. Just curious.


#6 Guest_northguy_*

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Posted 07 August 2003 - 08:54 AM

If you want to find out if the awd linkage is working, go rally it on some gravel, then mud, then snow. If you make it through all three, it works.

#7 Guest_thesubarukid_*

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Posted 07 August 2003 - 03:53 PM

With the car running, turn the radio off, and roll down all the windows. Press the button and listen for a clicking type of sound coming from under the car. That sound is your rear wheels engaging.

I also like northguys thoughts on how to check, find a gravel road and dirve around, have fun on it. That will definately tell you.

Maybe the other lights on your dash have burned out and just don't show up when its engaged. Kinda strange that only the front wheels turn green, so Thats my guess...


#8 Guest_uhohru_*

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Posted 07 August 2003 - 04:13 PM

Another way.....

Leave it in 2WD and (on pavement) turn the wheels all the way to one side, try to peel out. you SHOULD be able too.

Try it in 4WD, you SHOULDNT be able too.

Thesubarukids advice is good too, listen for the clicking noise when engauging 4WD....

#9 Guest_thesubarukid_*

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Posted 07 August 2003 - 04:36 PM

If you're going to try to peel out method, I think it would be much better to leave the wheels straight, do it in 2WD, and you should be able to. Leave the wheels straight again and try it in 4WD. You shouldnt be able to do it, and if you do, it will bite the pavement MUCH quicker then it did in 2WD. With the wheels turned, I'd im agine that it would bind up the tranny...??(not positive, just from what i've heard)

But I still recommend listening for it engaging before trying something like that. You don't want to hurt anything if you dont have to. I'm not saying that it willl hurt it, but it <span style="text-decoration:underline">could</span>.

Good luck.

#10 Guest_uhohru_*

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Posted 07 August 2003 - 04:46 PM

technically "peeling out" isn't good for your car period!

but try thesubarukid's idea sounds plenty good to test 4WD

#11 Guest_Flowmastered87GL_*

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Posted 07 August 2003 - 05:09 PM

try the peeling out in gravel, its ALOT easier on the parts. Thats how I demonstrated that my 86 GL-10 4WD actually worked in 4WD, let the front tires spin, hit the button (the light was burned out) then hit the gas and the car grabbed very well. Do it pointing straight

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