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Old 03-03-2011, 09:20 AM   #1
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Question AI Oil Light: Tranie Stuck In 4 wheel drive

I have 2 Subaru Impreza L AWDs and both of the transmissions are stuck in 4 wheel drive, one is a 97 (Driving) and a 96 (Parts ONLY) well the 97's AI oil light comes on and flashes, so we had it diagnosed and it turns out its stuck in 4 wheel drive and if we don't fix it then it will cause further problems its 1,100 (just dont have the money to do this, i work at McDonald, i make 7.25) to fix the actuator which we think is wrong with it. the 96 is just stuck in 4 wheel drive, were going to try and rebuilt this tranie and stick it in my 97. I just want my car to be fixed.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:33 AM   #2
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Oh....... well I hope that works out for you


And 1100 to fix a L tranny is a joke
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:36 AM   #3
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yeah its at the subaru dealer both tranies have diffrent problems the 96 is our test tranie if we dont get it fixed then i will have to spend the money to get a tranie thats not stuck in 4 wheel drive or spend the money to fix my car either way its gonna be hard
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:14 AM   #4
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Well try rs25.com you should be able to find a used L FWD trans there for cheap as people used them now a days for tent anchors or paper weights LOL
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:25 AM   #5
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I have 2 Subaru Impreza L AWDs and both of the transmissions are stuck in 4 wheel drive.
Stuck in 4WD? That is the way it is supposed to be unless you have an older 4WD Subaru transmission from an L series.

Newer Subarus are AWD meaning that they are in full time 4WD.

Older Subarus are offered with 4WD meaning that it is part time 4WD. One can switch from 2WD to 4WD.

Your 1997 Impreza is AWD so it is AWD all of the time, you cannot switch it up.

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Old 03-03-2011, 10:38 AM   #6
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Stuck in 4WD? That is the way it is supposed to be unless you have an older 4WD Subaru transmission from an L series.

Newer Subarus are AWD meaning that they are in full time 4WD.

Older Subarus are offered with 4WD meaning that it is part time 4WD. One can switch from 2WD to 4WD.

Your 1997 Impreza is AWD so it is AWD all of the time, you cannot switch it up.
Its not suppost to be stuck its frozen pretty much already took it to subaru i have a fwd box where i put in a fuse, my car isnt suppost to be flashin thr ai oil light im not stupid on awd its suppost to kick in and out.
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:39 AM   #7
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I'm guessing Duty C broke.
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:43 AM   #8
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Its not suppost to be stuck its frozen pretty much already took it to subaru i have a fwd box where i put in a fuse, my car isnt suppost to be flashin thr ai oil light im not stupid on awd its suppost to kick in and out.
No no no no.

AWD is fulltime AWD. There is no "kick on kick off". IIRC for the automatic transmissions, in 1st and 2nd, there is a 50/50 diff split and in the higher gears it goes 90/10 as long as the wheels aren't losing traction. There is never 100% in the front, therefore it is fulltime AWD.

And you should not use the FWD fuse to drive, that is strictly for towing. If you put that fuse in long enough, your rear diff will not get worked and it will crap out once you take the fuse out.

If you put the fuse in, then the FWD light on the dash should be illuminated. If not then you probably used the wrong fuse, but DO NOT use the fuse to drive or you will have problems in the future.

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Old 03-03-2011, 11:14 AM   #9
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No no no no.

AWD is fulltime AWD. There is no "kick on kick off". IIRC for the automatic transmissions, in 1st and 2nd, there is a 50/50 diff split and in the higher gears it goes 90/10 as long as the wheels aren't losing traction. There is never 100% in the front, therefore it is fulltime AWD.

And you should not use the FWD fuse to drive, that is strictly for towing. If you put that fuse in long enough, your rear diff will not get worked and it will crap out once you take the fuse out.

If you put the fuse in, then the FWD light on the dash should be illuminated. If not then you probably used the wrong fuse, but DO NOT use the fuse to drive or you will have problems in the future.
My cars gone to subaru dealership repair. They said its frozen in 4wd!!!!!
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:26 AM   #10
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My cars gone to subaru dealership repair. They said its frozen in 4wd!!!!!
I'm thinking your dealership is ripping you off and just giving you an excuse so they can run up the bill. When my father's AT Oil light was on, he took it to the dealer and just had the tranny flushed and filled with new oil and that fixed the problem. They don't try to trick us because we know more than the average Joe.
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I'm thinking your dealership is ripping you off and just giving you an excuse so they can run up the bill. When my father's AT Oil light was on, he took it to the dealer and just had the tranny flushed and filled with new oil and that fixed the problem. They don't try to trick us because we know more than the average Joe.
I do All my mantiace myself :/ sorry for spelling errors im sleepy n no spell check on iphone. I took it to a few other transmission places n they said same thing that the 4wd is froze
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There is such a thing as the AWD getting "stuck" in 4wd. "Stuck" just isnt the right term. AWD w/ 4EAT automatic tranny is normally a 90/10 f/r torque split. When the duty solenoid kicks in it switches to 50/50 (lock), when front wheels lose traction. Normally, you should not be driving around in 50/50 lock, this means the duty solenoid is "frozen" in the lock mode. You will ruin your tranny this way. Replace the solenoid!
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There is such a thing as the AWD getting "stuck" in 4wd. "Stuck" just isnt the right term. AWD w/ 4EAT automatic tranny is normally a 90/10 f/r torque split. When the duty solenoid kicks in it switches to 50/50 (lock), when front wheels lose traction. Normally, you should not be driving around in 50/50 lock, this means the duty solenoid is "frozen" in the lock mode. You will ruin your tranny this way. Replace the solenoid!
I have no money.... Im replacing tranie with a rebuilt 1
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There is such a thing as the AWD getting "stuck" in 4wd. "Stuck" just isnt the right term. AWD w/ 4EAT automatic tranny is normally a 90/10 f/r torque split. When the duty solenoid kicks in it switches to 50/50 (lock), when front wheels lose traction. Normally, you should not be driving around in 50/50 lock, this means the duty solenoid is "frozen" in the lock mode. You will ruin your tranny this way. Replace the solenoid!
Thanks for clarifying. I thought OP meant that it was stuck in AWD as opposed to being stuck in a 50/50 diff split.
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