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AWD Not Working?
Posted 14 April 2005 - 08:25 PM
Posted 15 April 2005 - 12:28 AM
this is not normal, nor is it going to get better.. in fact.. the more you drive it the more broke it will become! I have heard many stories about people that just keep going on them, hoping the problem will go away, but eventually they will find themselves faced with a problem of having a "no-wheel-drive" subaru! and one big towing bill
sounds like a 4EAT typical problem.. you will need new transfer clutches, and the transfer clutch duty solenoid from the sounds of it.. but the most typical repair, is a MT swap! or getting a nice reman/low milage junkyard tranny replacement!
Posted 15 April 2005 - 01:00 AM
Posted 15 April 2005 - 09:23 AM
I have a 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback. The AWD appears to not kick in immediately. Once the front wheels have had a chance to spin to a certain speed the back wheels will kick in. I also have a 1995 Subaru. When I jack all four wheels up on the 1995, put the car in drive a let my foot off the brake all four wheels spin immediately. When I do the same with the 1999, the back wheels don't spin until the front wheels reach 10-20 mph. Is the AWD system not designed to work below a certain speed or do I have an problem? If I have a problem any thoughts on how to test or what may need repair.
Interesting, my 99 Forester AT does the SAME thing. It always has, even when brand new. My Forester now has 177,000 miles on the clock, so I won't be too worried about it. Here in South Carolina, snow is rare. I am aware of only two times in the seven years that I have owned the car that the AWD "kicked in". Once the AWD kicked in, the car easily climbed the very steep icey driveway. True, I don't live in snowy Vermont, but I'm not going to worry very much about the minor AWD delay on my car.
Posted 15 April 2005 - 12:49 PM
If I recall it would approch something slippery and just start to spin. Then the rear wheel drive would kick it and it went like a tank.This was a new rental Legacy with less than 10,000 miles.
I hope MT Smiths see this one because I think he has automatics and a steep and slippery driveway.
Posted 15 April 2005 - 04:47 PM
Posted 15 April 2005 - 09:42 PM
This is different from the manny-tranny versions, where the AWD system is engaged "all the time." I don't think it's valid to compare AWD behaviour between AT and MT versions.
Posted 17 April 2005 - 05:09 PM
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