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Hi. I need to tow a 99 outback about 30 miles. I've read some about putting a fuze in a certain slot in order to make the car FWD for purposes such as a flat tire, but not on an outback specifically. Will this work ok to tow the car on a normal two wheel car dolly? The car currently does not run.

The only place near me that will rent me a full car trailer will only let me tow it with one of their trucks, so I'd have to rent a truck also. And towing it with a tow company that far is going to cost a fortune so I'm wondering if this is a viable option. Thank you for any input and help.

The outback is a 2.5 and is an automatic
 

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Join AAA? I have Plus, and it has paid for itself many times over through tows.
 

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The fuse to make it fwd doesn't work like that. You will ruin the awd transfer clutch by overheating it and cooking the friction material with the back wheels on the ground and the front on a trailer.
 

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The fuse temporarily disables the ACTIVE AWD system. So if the engine isn't running during the tow, the fuse can't disable anything and transmission damage can result. Get it on a transporter.
 

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If you have to tow it 2 wheels down (no choice), you MUST remove the driveshaft, then the the front wheels should be on the truck/trailer. The best way is a flatbed, does your rental facility rent a flatbed? Maybe someone else locally does?
 

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Thanks for the input!! Everything said makes sense. Curiosity just had me wondering. I decided to just join AAA plus, it will pay for itself in this one tow alone really. Thanks again.
 

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The 2.5L automatic outback works fine in front wheel drive if you put a fuse in the AWD disengage port in the engine compartment. I've towed my outback in a dolly for a couple of hundred miles without an issue and the car drjcesfine just as a front wheel drive vehicle as well. I don't think the 3L has the option to disengage AWD. If you drive the vehicle in front wheel drive mode you will notice that the vehicle burns rubber quite easily when you accelerate from stopped.
 
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