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#1 mfhyatt

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 07:53 PM

Please can someone help. I have a 1998 subaru awd legacy and the awd will not engage. The only wheel that will engage is the right front.

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 08:01 PM

man this has been kicked around forever,heres the most likley causes--fuse in holder[should have a light on dash that says [fwd] if thats not on the fuse is out.2clutch pack worn,3 selonoid bad. heres how mine acts,when front wheels start to spin fairly fast the rear kicks in and moves the car,if it stays ingaged i dont know.

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 08:11 PM

Please can someone help. I have a 1998 subaru awd legacy and the awd will not engage. The only wheel that will engage is the right front.


You have it towed recently?

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 10:15 PM

man this has been kicked around forever,heres the most likley causes--fuse in holder[should have a light on dash that says [fwd] if thats not on the fuse is out.2clutch pack worn,3 selonoid bad. heres how mine acts,when front wheels start to spin fairly fast the rear kicks in and moves the car,if it stays ingaged i dont know.


Do you have any idea of how to tell if it is the clutch pack or the selonoid. Or how involved either job is. I suppose I should start with the easiest job. I have been through the fuse phase.

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 10:19 PM

You have it towed recently?


No the car has never been towed.

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 10:47 PM

Do you have any idea of how to tell if it is the clutch pack or the selonoid. Or how involved either job is. I suppose I should start with the easiest job. I have been through the fuse phase.



Normally the next step is a tranny flush, but i think you are way past that. When you put the fuse in does the FWD light come on on the dash. When you put the fuse in, from what i remeber, it energizes the solenoid constantly, instead of cycling the solenoid. This energized solenoid turns off the rwd.
Now for the awd to be totally gone, im going to say the clutch pack is shot. The most economical repair is a tranny swap. i know on a 98 OBW the clucth pack installed was going to cost me 1000.00 (luckily a tranny flush fixed my torque bind). i think you are beyond torque bind, to a dead pack.

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