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Old 04-12-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
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I looked at a 2001 Legacy GT wagon (automatic) tonight. The owner told me the dealer he bought it from two years hadn't mentioned anything. Apparently, every so often, the tranny will just slip like crazy. Sometimes a few seconds, sometimes a minute he tells me.

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I can get it for a good deal, but why would someone do this? I'm assuming there was an issue with the front diff. The FWD fuse spot is empty. I was going to throw a fuse in it, but wouldn't that make it FWD, then causing *what?* to spin??

I'm really scratching my head on this one.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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Probably had severe torque bind to the point where the center diff was basically locked up. It happens and I've seen missing driveshafts to cover it up in used cars.

Or some flatbiller kid welded up the center diff because dorifito.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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How could I tell? If I put the FWD fuse in, what might happen?
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:29 PM   #4
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I guess, the bottom line is that SOMETHING was wrong, or someone is a real moron, trying to bet more power or better milage out of a an AWD car. Right? Or is there another explanation aside from SOMETHING aint right?

Thanks for your help, y'all.
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:37 AM   #5
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Buying an automatic Subaru is like sex with 2 condoms on... its still "fun" but not NEARLY as good than if it had a 5mt

You get the idea...
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Whats holding the front wheel bearings together?
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How could I tell? If I put the FWD fuse in, what might happen?
Nothing would happen. If you put all the axles back in and it binds up turning you know the transfer clutches in the center diff are all bound up.


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Whats holding the front wheel bearings together?
Have to assume the shell of the outer cv in in there or a big nut and bolt. Otherwise the hubs would have blown apart the first time they drove it.
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The nut and bolt method actually allows crap into the back of the bearing accelerating wear.
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:34 PM   #9
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Buying an automatic Subaru is like sex with 2 condoms on... its still "fun" but not NEARLY as good than if it had a 5mt

You get the idea...
Well, if this transmission is smoked, I could convert to manual. I've been out of the Subaru world for a bit, but I think I still have an ECU from a manual 2.5 Impreza from around that year. Could it work?
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:05 AM   #10
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No other thoughts on this?
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:44 AM   #11
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Swapping fromt MT to AT or back really isnt worth it man...

Its been done yes, but I doubt any that have done it would say they'd do it again or was worth the effort..

If its toast either replace the AT or the car.. lol
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