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post #21 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-05-2007, 05:00 AM
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I believe you need to disconnect the rear wheels to save damage to the auto transmission when being towed with the front wheels off the ground. This is not a problem with the manuals. Dont understand why the H6s get away with it though!




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I don't know about newer Subies, but on the older stuff (90's) there's a capped fuseholder in a harness along the firewall on the passenger side of the vehicle. The cap on the fuseholder is labeled FWD. (black holder, white letters, from what I recall) Open the cap, and pop in a fuse, and you're in front wheel drive mode. I don't know what rating of fuse you need, though.
I just got my '98 Outback Legacy Limited back from the shop (tranny overhaul), and it was still in FWD mode, so I went under the hood and pulled the fuse...it's a 25.


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Hi jshilge; quote: and it was still in FWD mode

Ok...that is not good news. With the FWD fuse removed, get to a dry parking lot and make some tight, slow turns. It should make the turns with little or no throttle. If it feels like the brakes are on, there is any binding/popping, that is not good.
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This is in my '03 H6 owner's manual:
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Okay, probably back from the dead on this one, but...is there an improved fuel mileage gain from running in FWD as opposed to AWD? I commute 50 miles a day, and while the weather is clear and sunny.. FWD would be fine if it ran me cheaper!
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Okay, probably back from the dead on this one, but...is there an improved fuel mileage gain from running in FWD as opposed to AWD? I commute 50 miles a day, and while the weather is clear and sunny.. FWD would be fine if it ran me cheaper!
Nope, still has to haul the added weight of the AWD system, even if it is not being actively used.

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Too bad. Thanks!
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I don't know about newer Subies, but on the older stuff (90's) there's a capped fuseholder in a harness along the firewall on the passenger side of the vehicle. The cap on the fuseholder is labeled FWD. (black holder, white letters, from what I recall) Open the cap, and pop in a fuse, and you're in front wheel drive mode. I don't know what rating of fuse you need, though.

I had a similar problem, and couldn't find the fuse holder in either fuse panel (no owner's manual). I stuck a 20 amp. fuse in the holder on the harness just as you mentioned; FWD and no more shudder. It'll give us time to get it fixed. Thanks! Wouldn't have found it without you!
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Great glad you found it. They put it in different places on different generations. Afiak the AWD automatics always have them.

Old thread but right, using the FWD fuse gives zero fuel economy improvement. You still have all the friction and windage losses, rear axles turning, rear differential turning, propeller shaft turning, just more or less disengaged from the drive of the transmission.
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Great glad you found it. They put it in different places on different generations. Afiak the AWD automatics always have them.

Old thread but right, using the FWD fuse gives zero fuel economy improvement. You still have all the friction and windage losses, rear axles turning, rear differential turning, propeller shaft turning, just more or less disengaged from the drive of the transmission.
It's only the 4-speed auto (4EAT) that uses this trick. The turbo & 6 cyl models had the 5-speed auto. The 5 speed has a center differential, so no fuse required to temporarily allow unequal wheel sizes.



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