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Old 12-24-2008, 12:50 PM   #1
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Default AWD not working

Hey everyone,

I just got stuck in my flat driveway, with about 2 inches of snow/ice with my new 95 Impreza Outback 1.8 auto.....

my front wheels are spinning like crazy, backs are just sitting there.

There is NO fuse in the FWD under the hood, my driveshaft is in place, my rear diff just had its fluids changed a month ago, nice in clean fluid/I don't hear any noise from it....

I have no idea whats going on. Any help would be appreciated....I know I should get it off the ground and try to drive it that way but I have no warm/dry place to work at all.

Thanks - Justin
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:27 PM   #2
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Does the car say AWD on the back?
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:36 PM   #3
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You're driving an automatic, and that's the problem. The automatic splits the power, 90% to the front, 10% to the back, and the computer can control the split.
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:38 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by xaznxeclipsex View Post
Does the car say AWD on the back?
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:55 PM   #5
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I don't feel like going outside to check the back of my car....I'm pretty certain that the outbacks were awd.

Something has to be wrong, I don't care if its an automatic, doesn't the sensor detect that my front wheels are spinning? I am getting stuck in the most stupid places...this sucks....is there anything I can do?

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Old 12-24-2008, 04:27 PM   #6
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Heres what you do, grab a shovel and drive slower problem solved. As firstshadow said they do have a split I don't think its a 90-10 prolly more around a 70-30, which would mean the front wheels have more power than the rears. I know on some of the newer cars have a fuse to de-activate the awd system in case of a flat tire, there is a slight chance your car has said fuse and there is another slight chance it could be blown.
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Old 12-24-2008, 10:37 PM   #7
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if the front tires start to spin the center dif. should notice this and transfer power to the rear. it doesnt matter what the split is. the split is just for regular driving. one thing that it wont do is transfer power from the left wheel to the right wheel cuz the front and rear dif. are open.
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