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98 Outback Front wheel drive option
Posted 15 January 2006 - 09:28 AM
After driving the car consistently my greatest decpetion on the outback is the fact that it is a "permanent"all wheel drive, guess Subaru wanted to make the process idiotproof and not offer a manual control which must be activated by the driver...After looking through the instruction manual I found the Front wheel drive option which required to add a fuse under the hood next to the wiper motors.
I would assume that the system operates similarly with the older systems however I wonder if this option could be used on a regular basis and also has anyone looked into the possiblity of installing a FWD push button in the console under the instrument cluster by intercepting the feed wire that activates and deactivates the all-wheel drive system?
I did not check with a Subaru dealer to ask if they have already done this for clients so this may already exist but I am only starting to inquire in hopes that this can be done, will help me save a lot of fuel for summer driving if so...
Posted 15 January 2006 - 09:45 AM
Posted 15 January 2006 - 10:01 AM
Have a nice week end.
Posted 15 January 2006 - 11:14 AM
if you do this, please keep records of your experience for us and report back. There have been several discussions started on the idea of better gas mileage by using FWD, however some members think that with the fact that Subaru AWD has a 90% front to 10% rear distribution of torque during normal driving that the weight of the system, not mechanical drag, has a greater impact on the MPG.
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