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Old 08-30-2012, 07:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 4WD to 2WD by removing the fuse

I have been told that you can run in 2WD by removing the fuse that controls the all wheel drive in order to get better fuel milage. Can this be done and is it safe for the vehicle to run this way?
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Lots of posts asking the same question(s), and the answers are all the same -- no.

Two wheel drive option in Outbacks
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I had the same question and researched it.
After reading about it, I decided that it is better to leave the car all wheel drive. I think it had something to do with lubrication not properly working when the rear axles are shut down. I think the consensus also was that it really didn't save any fuel.

You may want to double check that.
I think, also, in the manual, it says to not leave the fuse in longer than necessary (in, out) - 2WD no longer than absolutely needed.
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as stated it will not save fuel.

but also the fuse holder is empty when in AWD and you insert a fuse for 2WD. they designed this so you could use it for diagnostic purposes. eliminate part of the drive train to help isolate problems. and it is pretty good at that.
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Won't save fuel.
Not intended to be run that way for long.
Don't do it.

Extremely common question, dozens of search results (hint, hint).
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