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Old 05-15-2012, 11:52 PM   #1
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The front binds during sharp turns. I can feel it in the car/steering wheel. This is a '99 Legacy.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:15 AM   #2
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The front binds during sharp turns. I can feel it in the car/steering wheel. This is a '99 Legacy.
i will say its the center diff

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Old 05-16-2012, 02:48 AM   #3
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Any idea on cost to overhaul or replace? Would it be better to just replace the entire trans? (car has 135k and otherwise feels good for the mileage)
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Do a search for center diff binding and see if the feeling/noise fit your problem,

http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t962...ter-diffs.html
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Auto or manual?
Are tires all the same wear?
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Its most likely an auto.
Its time to buy a used trans.
I've messed around with a fair share of autos..
The price you'd pay to rebuild one,
you could buy 2 used ones.
I could find one for ya,
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If its the center diff, I have a wrx center diff in my garage i can sell you
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It's actually a manual, and I would much rather replace it all with a rebuilt unit to start fresh. This is for a car I was thinking of buying so I may just let it go. That said, any idea on the cost for a rebuilt trans that'll bolt up to a '99 Legacy wagon?
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If the trans isn't making noise or having problems, then there is not point in rebuilding it other than having someone check out the internals and replacing anything that needs to be.

Manuals are very simple devices, you have gears on some shafts with bearings and synchros.

If it doesn't have any problem engaging, then the synchros are fine. If you don't hear any whining noises and the fluid isn't abnormally dirty, then the bearings and gears are fine.

If it's the center diff, it's easily swapped without splitting the transmission.

A stock trans on a stock NA motor should last upwards of 500k
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