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    I live in Fairbanks, Alaska and work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the library.
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  1. The manual for my 1995 Legacy L has a section called: ”Towing with front wheels raised off the ground.” It then says to “Never tow manual transmission AWD vehicles with the front wheels raised off the ground.” Then it says: ”If your vehicle is AWD with automatic transmission put a spare fuse inside the FWD connector located in the engine compartment and confirm that the Front-wheel drive warning light comes on. Release the parking brake and put the transmission in neutral. The Ignition switch should be in the ACC position while the vehicle is being towed.” Under using the spare tire section it doesn’t mention FWD at all.
  2. Three months ago I got a 95 Legacy wagon with AT, my first Subaru with AT. Now that I’ve finished fixing it up (new struts, new tires, timing belt kit, replaced most fluids, fixed hole in exhaust pipe, new climate control switch, replaced blower motor, new spark plugs) the car is running great with 188,000 miles. I looked in the manual to read instructions on the FWD option. It only mentions it in regards to towing the car. I had read on the web some places where people suggest you should use it if you have the spare tire on. Some people suggest it would be harmful to the car if you put it in FWD for the summer for improved fuel economy. So what is the truth about using the FWD option? It seems the manual would give explicit instructions about this if it could be detrimental to the differential.
  3. Well we took the car into a mechanic that specializes in Subarus to get this car sorted out. They said it was a weird interesting case. After a couple hours of labor they determined that it was an electrical problem. They surmise there is corrosion between the transmission and the engine causing a voltage drop. The ground cable from the battery goes to the transmission. So they put on a “bandaid” short ground cable from the transmission to the engine. My daughter reports the car is now behaving normally and appears ready her upcoming road trip from Fairbanks to Anchorage in about a week. Thanks everyone for the advice and suggestions on diagnosing this. I learned a lot more about working on our five elderly Subarus (95-98) as a result of this frustrating problem. It should help me in the future keeping them all going.
  4. Ok, I haven’t had time for a few weeks to try and sort this car out. My daughter has been using my spare car in the meantime. So today I started looking very closely at all the vacuum hoses to see if I missed something. The hose that goes to the PCV seems a bit loose on one end. Could an air leak there cause major misbehaving? If so it might be able to explain the intermittent nature of the problem. Maybe it seals there sometimes and then other times not.
  5. What about a fuel pump relay? If the fuel pump relay is going bad where would I find it?
  6. How do you go about checking the TPS? What kind of scope does one use? I did a 6 mile test drive this morning and it drove perfectly. So I had my daughter pick it up and she said during a short drive it was not entirely symptom free.
  7. I replaced the belt and tensioner today with no improvement. I had already swapped out the MAF with a 95 AT Legacy which did not seem to help. So today I took a different MAF from a different 95 AT Legacy and neither car has any bad behaviors with the swapped MAF sensors. All the MAF Sensors have different numbers on them. Very strange how the problem suddenly disappears from time to time.
  8. Our 96 Legacy starts well, not at all like this video.
  9. Swapping the ECUs only causes neither car to run. It seems the ECUs are different.
  10. I finally had a chance to swap the ECU from a 95 Legacy into the 96 Legacy. Our problem car, the 96 now doesn’t start at all. The 96 had the 8D ECU. The 95 has the 2D ECU.
  11. We have four Legacies in our family (95-96). I picked up one recently as a backup car that I can fix up. It has a knock sensor trouble code so I pulled the knock sensor today and discovered it has a different connection than the other cars. A big connection just like our 98 Forester. I had ordered a replacement sensor and was going to put it in today. So are the connections not Standard? Should I get a knock sensor for a 98 Forester?
  12. So we want to check the timing belt to make sure the lines and marks are all aligned correctly?