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When I was out on a offroad trip the other week We went down onto tjhe beech(had a mad time) but when coming out up a quite steep boggy, sandy hill auto selected to 1 power button selected foot down I noticed that the engine revs atrted to drop off as the wheels were spinning
I think that the AWD sensing may have reduced the enigne revs to compensate for slippage
I believe that the OB usually runs as front wheel drive and AWD system selects rear wheel if there is any slip
As forward momentum is a prority when in soft sand this causes a problem
Can you bypass these sensors?
I know that there is a company that provides bypass switch to lock in the rear wheels permantly, but havnt discussed this with them yet

ANY IDEAS?
 

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I've never had problems on sand with mine (98 5MT) but then, I haven't tried to climb a sandy hill.
 

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Aren't all newer Subarus AWD....As per my siggi
 

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chrisx said:
Aren't all newer Subarus AWD....As per my siggi
Pretty sure that's right chrisx. Not sure about power transfer in the situation described in the first post though???

Over Christmas I took our Outback (2.5l Auto) up a reasonably sand hill without any problems at all. (Not a sand dune/beach scenario though.) In fact I did it a few times as it was so much fun! Tried it in reverse too, which was not such a good idea!
 

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chrisx said:
Aren't all newer Subarus AWD....As per my siggi
That's true, but to different degrees depending on the transmission & engine type. For Outbacks (non turbo) 4cyl MT are 50:50 (F:R) always, 4cyl Auto 90:10 normally.
 

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Jondalar said:
That's true, but to different degrees depending on the transmission & engine type. For Outbacks (non turbo) 4cyl MT are 50:50 (F:R) always, 4cyl Auto 90:10 normally.
Really, I wasn't aware of that. :rolleyes: That certainly explains a few on road wet weather handling characteristics then. ;)
 
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