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96 Outback, center diff issues


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#1 mtnpat

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Posted 21 October 2005 - 02:53 PM

My friend has a 96 Outback with a manual transmission, and has been told that the center diff is going out on it. He says that after driving at highway speeds for extended periods of time, then slowing to in town driving speeds, there is a groaning noise when making turns.

Unfortunatley an independant mechanic diagnosed it as a rear diff issue, and replaced it with a rebuilt unit. Problem is still there. He took it to a Subaru dealer, and they said the center diff (viscous coupling) is dieing. They said something like that the diff is getting hot and not acting as a differential, instead it is locking up.

Anyone else experience this? My buddy doesn't have a lot of money, and is wondering how long he might be able to continue to drive it without it blowing up. Anyone want to venture a guess?

thanks

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Posted 21 October 2005 - 03:25 PM

Torque bind from unequal tire sizes?? I'm still new here, anyone else speak up please.

#3 nipper

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Posted 21 October 2005 - 03:59 PM

Unequal tires, flat tires, an unusual drag on the driveline ... bad bearings in the viscous coupling.... or maybe its just shot.


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