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Old 05-12-2003, 09:05 PM   #1
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Default AWD to FWD with a button?

Hey, under my hood there is a little button in the upper left of the engine bay labeled FWD. I was wondering if anyone knew about this. I know it is for when the car has to be towed, so you use it so the back wheels will drag, but could you use the FWD button for regular driving and then switch it back to AWD when the snow comes?
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Old 05-12-2003, 09:17 PM   #2
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afaik its used for emergency's and towing and isnt a good thing to be used on a regular basis.

Other people should know more...

btw automatic or manual?
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Old 05-12-2003, 09:17 PM   #3
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Never saw anything like this on my 02 WRX.
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Old 05-12-2003, 09:33 PM   #4
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It's only on automatics, and it is a fuse, not a button. It's intended to be used when you have to use the donut spare or other similar situations, not for normal driving use. I did, however, drive my 92 SVX with the FWD fuse in for 2,000 miles or so and it seems to have had no adverse effects.
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Old 05-12-2003, 10:14 PM   #5
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I did, however, drive my 92 SVX with the FWD fuse in for 2,000 miles or so and it seems to have had no adverse effects.
'cept for the crazed torque steer and crappy acceleration
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Old 05-12-2003, 11:31 PM   #6
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'cept for the crazed torque steer and crappy acceleration
Lol, right, but that did go away after taking the fuse out
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Old 05-12-2003, 11:44 PM   #7
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there needs to be some selectable differential or something on the wrx
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Old 05-12-2003, 11:47 PM   #8
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well you could always splurge and get the DCCD in the STi
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Old 05-13-2003, 08:23 PM   #9
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yeah, the salesman told me this too. he showed me in the fuse box where if a fuse is put in, it will be FWD. but he said only use this if your using a donut. but isn't it pointless if the flat is in the front and not the back???

and he said that if i get towed because of parking illegally, any drivetrain damage will be my fault. but for manual trannies, if its parked in neutral, it won't matter....will it???
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Old 05-13-2003, 08:59 PM   #10
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I am very happy with my AWD rex and wouldn't want to convert it to FWD, nEvAR! Late.
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Old 05-13-2003, 09:04 PM   #11
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but isn't it pointless if the flat is in the front and not the back???

and he said that if i get towed because of parking illegally, any drivetrain damage will be my fault. but for manual trannies, if its parked in neutral, it won't matter....will it???
No, the speed differential will fry your diff regardless of which axel it's on. No, always tow your car on a flat bed.

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Old 05-13-2003, 09:28 PM   #12
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It would be the towing companies fault for not using a flat bed not SOA's. That is why we have AWD stickers on the back window, do not remove it to look "cool".

If my car was ever towed with 2 wheels on the ground the towing company will buy me a new tranny and what ever else they damaged, if they wouldn't pay up front... I would probably set their office on fire. Then sue them.
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:25 PM   #13
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yeah, the salesman told me this too. he showed me in the fuse box where if a fuse is put in, it will be FWD. but he said only use this if your using a donut. but isn't it pointless if the flat is in the front and not the back???
put the donut on one of the rears and swap the good rear up to one of the front drive wheels. takes about an extra 5 minutes
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Old 05-14-2003, 09:56 AM   #14
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Or carry a full size spare.
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Old 05-14-2003, 07:11 PM   #15
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I had this on my 91 Legacy Turbo. It was great, I was able to burn rubber at times. It sucked in the rain, but I felt more power/ but less control. Just like what everyone else said, it's meant for emerg. like towing and flat tires.
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