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Cant tell if the AWd is working?
Posted 06 August 2003 - 10:25 PM
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?
Posted 06 August 2003 - 10:36 PM
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.
Posted 06 August 2003 - 10:46 PM
Posted 07 August 2003 - 02:39 AM
Posted 07 August 2003 - 02:42 AM
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.
Posted 07 August 2003 - 08:54 AM
Posted 07 August 2003 - 03:53 PM
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...
Posted 07 August 2003 - 04:13 PM
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....
Posted 07 August 2003 - 04:36 PM
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>.
Posted 07 August 2003 - 04:46 PM
but try thesubarukid's idea sounds plenty good to test 4WD
Posted 07 August 2003 - 05:09 PM
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