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Old 10-30-2003, 10:38 PM   #1
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Just bought a 97 w/100k. Car looks and drives like new, until I removed the FWD fuse up front------now it's binding and clunking, especially on slow turns and under power. Feels like a posi-traction rearend w/problems. Called the dealer and he said $875.00---$1400.00 without seeing it[pretty good huh?] I used to have a 90 Legacy awd wagon w/ 175k and never had this trouble. So---------is it the rearend [clutch pack ?] half shafts ,etc. I used to sell em in the 80's when things were simple. p.s. I realize the previous owner pulled a fast one by disengaging the awd and making it a fwd. I wondered about the light on the dash, but didn't research it until I had it home. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 10-31-2003, 02:07 AM   #2
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Sounds like the rear end or the center diff, you're getting torque bind.

Something to try: do about 6-8 tight figure 8's (full lock). This can sometimes clear the problem up, if something has just gotten misaligned.

I'm pretty sure it's a problem with the transfer case/center diff, as the rear ends are pretty much bulletproof, even at double stock output. Hope that helps.

Sorry to hear you got ripped off, was it a private seller, or a dealer you can go back to?
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Old 10-31-2003, 02:09 AM   #3
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Also could be something as simple as CV joints/axles. The junkyard is your friend, since most subarus from 90-2004 (lol) use the same axles/rear end components.
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Old 10-31-2003, 10:16 AM   #4
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I bought it from a private individual so I'm on my own. [QUESTION] Is it OK to put the fuse back in and run it in FWD only until I fix it ? Don't need AWD now anyway, it's 78 degrees and sunny ! Thanks for the quick replies.
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Old 10-31-2003, 04:05 PM   #5
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sounds like it might be a good opportunity to put in a LSD rear...
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Old 10-31-2003, 10:23 PM   #6
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Here are some odd thoughts...
? auto or manual (assuming that manuals of that year could be disengaged)
? is the rear diff the right ratio ?
? does it bind & clunk in a strait line at all ?
? are the tires the same size & worn evenly front to rear ?
? is the sound a "hurclunk hurclunk hurclunk" or "clickity clickity clickity" ?

Posible thoughts & options...
Rear drive shaft U-joints, or center diff
Put in a togle switch & an inline fuse, & disengage the system from inside when not needed... The AWD solenoid should take the abuse from being on.
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Old 10-31-2003, 11:49 PM   #7
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I'm going to change all the fluids tomorrow[trans,both differentials] and measure the tires and see if I have an oddball. Some [lucky owners] have solved this problem with just the fluid changes and or replacing the tires. My Michelin XSE radial pluses are about half gone and are noisy anyway. What tires seem to do the best as far as 1. good ride 2. quiet. I'm not going to go "Mudboggin" so I don't need a real aggressive tread.
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Old 11-01-2003, 06:01 PM   #8
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Changed all the fluids [engine,transmission,and rear differential [will do the front tomorrow] and guess what ? No more binding and clunking ! Drives like new. Drove a couple blocks,stopped and pulled the FWD fuse , held my breath and took off----I could tell within a block it was OK-------Thank you Jesus,Thank you Lord !. Might not have been a miracle, but it sure is nice knowing I don't have to spend a $1000.00 bucks !
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Old 11-02-2003, 12:00 AM   #9
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875.00 for a dealer fluid change.. you are the man , you should go rub that in there face.. BTW ill be going to you for my clunking and or binding issue's


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