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Old 10-20-2003, 09:12 PM   #1
rgg16g
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I drive a 95 Legacy Wagon, AWD and Automatic. When turning tight corners I sometimes feel binding in the drive train. I can hear a tire chirping if on slippery surfaces. I donít necessarily have to be turning at full lock to feel the binding, sometimes I can feel it at around 75% steering lock. I have checked the fluid levels and changed the fluid but the problem persists. Any ideas on the cause? Iím hoping someone might say this is normal for a car with 183k miles.

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Old 10-20-2003, 10:31 PM   #2
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How much difference in wear is there between your front/rear tires? Enough, and you essentially have two different sized tires on your car, and the AWD doesn't like that. Trust me, I've dealt with this on both my cars...
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Old 10-20-2003, 10:55 PM   #3
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The clutch packs on the Automatic Trannies have been known to bind if:

1) different diameter of tires at any one of the corners
2) Different size or level of wear between the front and the rear
3) Driven with the a flat tire for any distance without pluggin in the FWD fuse under the hood.
4) Had the vehicle towed without the use of a dolly to keep all wheels from turning.

Basically anything that causes differences in wheel speeds between the front and rear driveshafts for long periods of time. Now having said that, it's dependent on the severity of the size difference.

Your dealer keeps the clutch packs as a normal stock item because it's common to see people treating an AWD car like a 2WD.

Hope this helps.

Oh yeah, if the clutch pack is siezed, then the only recourse is replacement.
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Old 10-20-2003, 11:13 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by subyluvr2212
How much difference in wear is there between your front/rear tires?
Well the tires are new and wearing evenly but I can not speak for what the previous owner did to it, I purchased the car at 175,000 miles.


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Your dealer keeps the clutch packs as a normal stock item because it's common to see people treating an AWD car like a 2WD

Oh yeah, if the clutch pack is siezed, then the only recourse is replacement.
It does help, but pretty much what I was thinking too.

Are the clutch packs and easy job to replace? Could you or someone direct me to some good resources for tranny maintenance?

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Old 10-20-2003, 11:17 PM   #5
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Probably the best resource is in the Subaru Technical Manuals, you can download as many manuals as you like for 72 hours for a really cheap price. I think it's 27 bucks or something like that, if you have a high speed link, you can download tons of manuals, for any or all Subaru models and years.

Click this link -> http://techinfo.subaru.com/html/index.jsp

Hope this helps.

Here's the link for your car -> http://techinfo.subaru.com/html/ixSe...le_line=Legacy
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:28 AM   #6
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Im having this problem on my impreza. As far as I know it was never towed prior to me owning it. Im curious if having bigger tires all around will cause this. I'm rated at 14" factory but someone put 15" steelies on the car since 15s are easier tires to come by than 14s. I also have a bad pass. side axle boot. Im curious if all around tires being bigger will cause this.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:28 PM   #7
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First off, you posted in a topic 9 years old. Second, this is the Legacy forum.

Third - bigger tires won't do this if they're all the same size.
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