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Old 04-14-2004, 09:04 PM   #1
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Question FWD Fuse

When I bought my car in January the dealer showed me a fuse that I can install to change my Impreza from AWD to FWD. He told me that the reason for it was so that if I got a flat, I was supposed to put one of the standard sized tires on the front, replacement towards the rear so the AWD system wouldn't get messed up.

Question: Would it hurt the car to put it in FWD in the summer? Theoretically, I could get better gas mileage, etc. Taking it to the next step (if there was no damage), it would be cool to be able to install a switch to that fuse terminal to change it back and forth (while car is off).

I would like to ask Subaru this, but not sure how to contact them about it.
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Old 04-14-2004, 09:20 PM   #2
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Is it auto or manual?
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Old 04-14-2004, 09:27 PM   #3
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You can only do it if you have an automatic wich I'm assuming you do. I'm sure you could do that in the summer and be fine if you want. I thought I saw someone talking about how they did that over the summer and it was fine, but I'm not 100% positive. I thought I also heard that automatic impreza's and legacy's were a 90-10 split for the awd system, so it's basically front wheel drive anyway.
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Old 04-14-2004, 09:43 PM   #4
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Its only meant as a temporary use item, not for months at a time.

Oddly enough, why didn't you purchase a 2wd car or part-time 4wd vehicle instead?

Fuel mileage won't be better because everything's still connected and moving.

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Is it auto or manual?


This is for automatics only.
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Old 04-14-2004, 09:54 PM   #6
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This is for automatics only.
You're still not supposed to tow the car with ANY wheels on the ground, if it's an auto. It doesn't matter if all four are rolling or not. You can still seriously **** things up that way.

I was there when we tried that on a buddies disabled auto....Lets just say we ended up disabling it more.
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Old 04-14-2004, 10:56 PM   #7
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Automatic? Never! I was just curious about this option that the dealer had told me about. You're right Matt, it's only for autos (fine print that I apparently missed). Obviously, the dealer needs to do some more homework. Thanks!
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:38 AM   #8
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Makes you wonder how the dealers have managed to sell these cars without discovering some pretty basic information.

When I specifically asked my salesman, who has been selling Subarus for years, if there was anywhere in the car to store the cargo shade if I had to remove it to get something large in the back, he said no, I would have to leave it at home. Then he went on to show me this long, thin space under the rear cargo floor that according to him was for random objects that may fit in there, like an umbrella. Of course, this is really where the cargo shade goes when you want to store it.
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Old 04-15-2004, 11:37 AM   #9
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auto cars cant be towed on the ground at all, manuals supposingly if you leave it in neutral with the parking break off they can be towed. i wouldnt pull any fuse things for fear of messing up my car but its your car not mine

the spare is fine to drive with because it is designed like your stock tire so no damage
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Automatic? Never! I was just curious about this option that the dealer had told me about. You're right Matt, it's only for autos (fine print that I apparently missed). Obviously, the dealer needs to do some more homework. Thanks!
No problem. I'm just happy that you didn't try anything yet that would cause warranty issues.


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the spare is fine to drive with because it is designed like your stock tire so no damage
IIRC, the donut is slightly smaller than the stock tires. I don't really trust the donut, so I tossed it and bought a full size spare. In non GC/GM models (post 2001 models) they should fit nicely. I've got one in each of my wagons.

Sure helps when you travel to a remote area or getting a flat in the middle of the night when no places are open.


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Old 04-15-2004, 02:29 PM   #11
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well the spare should be the same size tire(in this case i assume 16) the width and all that differs but for short driving it shouldnt matter. and ful size spares rock!
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No problem. I'm just happy that you didn't try anything yet that would cause warranty issues.




IIRC, the donut is slightly smaller than the stock tires. I don't really trust the donut, so I tossed it and bought a full size spare. In non GC/GM models (post 2001 models) they should fit nicely. I've got one in each of my wagons.

Sure helps when you travel to a remote area or getting a flat in the middle of the night when no places are open.



There is an easy way to prove the spare doughnut is not the same size as your tires: Simple remove it from its hole and try to put one of your wheels (rim with tire mounted) into that same hole. You'll see that it doesn't fit, so you must aquit.
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