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Old 01-22-2011, 03:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My 06 Outback(60K) got towed today. It was hitched from the rear and towed about 4 miles.

Another time I will vent about how it got to this stage.

My concern is that what kind of damage would have been done to the transmission and drive-train?

After I got it out of the impound yard I noticed that the gears sound a slight thud when shifting in full auto(D), not sure if it is just me being too peculiar about the sounds coming from the car or could actual damage have been done.

I want to weigh my options, transmission damage, transmission inspection if possible to evaluate a legal action against the party responsible.

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That sucks, yes Subaru's obviously aren't supposed to be towed like that (they should know that). The damage I take it is to the center diff being worn excessively due to the friction of the clutches (well I think that's what'd be).

But for a 4 mile trip it's still far enough to cause sufficient damage so get it checked and see how it turns out. Hows the trans oil look?
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I have to check the oil and do a visual inspection today. I will drive it some more to see what the transmission feels like. Arrggghhh!! I am so angry with these towing goons.
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If there is damage, don't let the tow company get off the (tow) hook. They should know better about AWD vehicles.
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Lol i'd be angry too! Thankfully I don't believe any of my subi's have been towed but ya never know. I think if the center diff has been damaged you will feel torque bind ( I think not sure) and you check by doing mild sharp turns at low speed (in a figure 8) and if the car slows when you turn it indicates a problem. You should let the car coast around the figure 8 and it should stay at a constant pace.
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We'll I've heard of Subaru's being totally trashed by being towed with two wheels on the ground but never had seen it before. I did see about two years ago a wrecker hauling three cars and towing a AWD Mitsubishi EVO - he was a long way ahead of me when heavy smoke started poring out of the car by the time I got to the wrecker he was pulled over and trying to dump the Evo on the shoulder while it burned. Seems the center clutch didn't like being towed with two wheels on the ground. Not sure if he got it unhooked before the whole rig went up in flames or not.

But if my subaru were ever towed with two wheels on the ground even for a very short distance the person towing it would be buying me a new center diff and transmission no iffs and or butts about it. Your car just had its life shortened by a large margin with that move. My advice get a lawyer and get a new center diff or sell the CAR ASAP while the AWD still works.
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http://www.northursalia.com/techdocs...ission/tow.pdf
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