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Old 11-17-2008, 06:55 PM   #1
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Ok guys i have been searching for a while now and still haven't gotten a good answer. i recently bought 1995 subaru legacy lsi. it has about 300k on it but still runs like a top. i noticed on the drive home after i bought it the front wheels seemed to be spin happy. then i soon realized that the tires in the front were 195 60 15 and the ones in the back were 185 65 15. now im about 90% sure that i have no awd right now. Also my check engine is on for the speed sensor im not sure if that because of the tires or not. From what i herd awd subbys need all four matching tires. But either way i have no awd and im thinking maybe its the clutch pack. the rear diff is still together and there is a drive shaft so i dont know what else it could be. If it is the clutch pack does anyone know were i could get one and how hard of a job is it to change. Any answers would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-17-2008, 07:26 PM   #2
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185/65/R15 = 195/60/R15

At least within 0.3 inches. You really would prefer them to be equal, and this is above the suggested 1/4" difference limit Subaru suggests, i.e. there will be some binding. You won't specifically damage things driving like this, but it's not good practice and will induce some excess wear on parts over time.
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:54 PM   #3
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What if you have 3 worn tires, and one new tire of the same size, would that mess things up?
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:56 PM   #4
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correct me if i'm wrong but didn't subaru only start making all their usdm vehicles awd in 1997?
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:10 PM   #5
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What if you have 3 worn tires, and one new tire of the same size, would that mess things up?
Yes. You have to either replace all four tires or find a place to shave the new one down to the others' size
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:27 AM   #6
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Delsole : You really should ask a moderator to move this post into the transmission forum as it has nothing to do with the engine and there would be more experts there to help. Also you forgot to mention what transmission type you have.

You shouldn't have bought the car in its current shape unless it was a very good deal. I will assume you have an automatic based on the trim level and symptoms.The mismatched tires could have damaged the center clutch pack.

1. Put the matched set of tires on one side of the car. Meaning both left tires will be 195 60 15 both right tires are 185 65 15
2. Fix the speed sensor issue

Once you have done this it will be easier to determine the next step in fixing your AWD

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correct me if i'm wrong but didn't subaru only start making all their usdm vehicles awd in 1997?
That is correct but irrelevant. The MY90 Legacy has the same AWD system as his car.
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:09 PM   #7
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if you are lacking the AWD then perhaps somebody has pulled the AWD fuse located in the engine bay. In the automatics you can actually turn off the AWD for whatever reason. THIS IS ONLY ON AUTOS!!!

do a search to find out where this fuse actually is...
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:59 PM   #8
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That is correct but irrelevant. The MY90 Legacy has the same AWD system as his car.
It may be relevent if the OP's car is FWD. He wouldn't be the first Subaru owner to find out their recently purchased car wasn't AWD.
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:33 PM   #9
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Delsole: Any news?

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It may be relevent if the OP's car is FWD. He wouldn't be the first Subaru owner to find out their recently purchased car wasn't AWD.
I guess that is possible! The LSi definitely came with AWD from the factory but it could be possible someone installed a FWD tranny.
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:30 PM   #10
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Delsole: Any news?


I guess that is possible! The LSi definitely came with AWD from the factory but it could be possible someone installed a FWD tranny.
oops, I missed the LSi part. It should have factory AWD fer sher.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:02 AM   #11
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if you are lacking the AWD then perhaps somebody has pulled the AWD fuse located in the engine bay. In the automatics you can actually turn off the AWD for whatever reason. THIS IS ONLY ON AUTOS!!!

do a search to find out where this fuse actually is...
That's backwards. Under the hood by the right front strut is a fuse holder that will say "FWD" on the cover. There should NOT be a fuse in there, if somebody put one in, the car is running in front wheel drive.
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:30 AM   #12
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check your instrument cluster. If the fuse is on you might get a red light saying "FWD" like the 1999 models, but I'm not sure if yours has it. But htat is most likely to be the problem. good luck, cheers
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