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Old 11-26-2010, 09:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Everyone,
I wasn't sure where to post this under...

I wanted to know if turning the All-Wheel Drive OFF is a bad thing for the vehicle? Is it bad for the tires?

Can you turn it on only when you really need it (snow, rough terrain, slippery, etc)?

Does it mess with the system and handling/transmission?

Thanks. This is my first AWD vehicle.
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First I will say there is no gain in turning it off, except to gain poor handling. Turning it off can cause a lot of torques steer.

Second it is only meant for emergency situations like running the micro spare tire on the rear. The owners manual covers this.
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Just one question. How can AWD be turned off in the actual Forester?
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The auto has a fuse that can be installed to disable the rear wheels. As I said, the owners manual covers this and its use.

The manuals you can't disable.
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Please search, this has been covered a gazillion times. No, it will not improve your fuel economy. Yes, it will make your Subie handle like crap, puts additional strain on the driveline, and should only be used temporarily in emergency situations (i.e. when you have a donut spare installed).
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