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Old 04-07-2006, 03:45 PM   #1
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Exclamation 97 OB Auto...AWD not working!

I've got a 97 Outback, 2.5l, auto trans. The AWD has stopped working. When driving in the rain if take off quickly the front tires will just spin, I can keep them spinning for a long time, 10 sec / 40 ft, the AWD just never seems to kick in. Anyone out there had a similar problem, know where to look to corect it?

Note of interest: my local subaru technician just replaced the duty solenoid C and the clutch pack, previously I was experiancing excesseve drive-line binding while making sharp turns at slow speeds. The AWD problem surfaced immediately after this repair. I wonder if there is an electrical connector for the solenoid that may have not been fully reconnected?
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Old 04-07-2006, 04:14 PM   #2
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What do your tires look like? I would check that first.

If the tires are not the issue, make sure that the FWD fuse has not been installed.

If that's not the issue, take it back and have them take a look at it.
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Old 04-07-2006, 06:39 PM   #3
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Tires are good, matching set of four, plenty of tread. I also checked the fuse. It seems like the new solenoid is not functioning for some reason.
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Old 04-08-2006, 12:27 AM   #4
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so the AWD is expected to wear off on the auto's because of the clutch pack wearing out?
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Old 04-08-2006, 08:17 AM   #5
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Was the fuse in or out?
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Old 04-08-2006, 04:52 PM   #6
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As I understand it, solenoid "C" cotrols the clutch pack that sends power to the rear wheels (automatic trans.). When the solenoid goes bad, the AWD system gets locked in a 50/50 split, when you take sharp, low speed turns on hard surfaces it puts a huge load on this clutch pack and evetually wears the clutch plates out. If you don't catch it in time it can do more even more damage to the sysytem.

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Old 04-08-2006, 04:56 PM   #7
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The fuse has allways been out. In this model, you insert a fuse under the hood if you want to put the system in front wheel drive only. It's intended to be used during an emergency, such as towing the car a short distance when two of the wheels would be on the ground.
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Old 04-08-2006, 09:18 PM   #8
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The fuse has allways been out. In this model, you insert a fuse under the hood if you want to put the system in front wheel drive only. It's intended to be used during an emergency, such as towing the car a short distance when two of the wheels would be on the ground.

I know that....

Some people think the fuse has to be IN to be in AWD, just making sure you weren't one of them.
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Old 04-08-2006, 10:58 PM   #9
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I'm wondering if the tech that worked on it was "one of them"!
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Old 04-15-2006, 01:55 AM   #10
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pull your e-brake at around 20mph with slight gas applied, if your tires immediatley lock up, your not getting power to the rear
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