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Torque Bind

Ok, so firstly I have been an avid "reader" on this forum for a while and will hopefully getting a FXT within the year. I currently own a 2005 impreza 2.5RS and have the dreaded torque bind issue.

If nobody is familiar with torque bind basically its when - Legacy Central - Torque Bind

I just wanted to know, i just had my 60k service done and the car is otherwise mint, but i just needed help and suggestions on what to do. I have already search around on google but there seems to be like a bunch of """fixes""" but nobody can really elaborate on this from what ive searched and read. some people say its the clutch pad, AT, rear diff, mismatched tires, bad transfer solenoid c, etc. and i just need help on what to do and how much it costs.

help is much appreciated, from one fellow subbie owner to another.
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Go to your ford dealer, (Or another supplier) and buy a bottle of "Ford Friction Modifier" and pour it in the auto transmission; then go drive some tight circles. 90% of the time it will start fading and eventually should go away.

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A drain and refill, along with a little Lubeguard Dr. Tranny fixed mine.
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where do i add this stuff into? like where does it go?

and to do a drain and refill, how easy is it and if not easy how much is it to get done usually?
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It is very easy to drain and refill. As easy as it is to change engine oil. If it is like the Forester, there is a drain plug on the bottom transmission pan. The fill tube on the 05 Forester is on the driver's side engine compartment way in the back almost by the fire wall. Be careful because there will also be a front differential fill tube that also has a yellow cap. Check your manual for actual placement on your car.

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where do i add this stuff into? like where does it go?

and to do a drain and refill, how easy is it and if not easy how much is it to get done usually?
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i mean i dont really know my way around a car, so how much would it be if i got a local mechanic to do it?
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Probably not much more than an oil change. It is that easy. The drain will not get all the oil out, but it should get enough old stuff out to allow new stuff to go in and improve things.
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oh. and would changing the rear differential fluid help the issue at all? jw, thanks for the help too.
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I'm not sure. I ended up changing both front and rear diff when I did the transmission drain. I'd like to drain it one more time, but otherwise things are running really well right now and no binding at all.

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oh. and would changing the rear differential fluid help the issue at all? jw, thanks for the help too.
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alright, ill probably drain the rear too. i saw a youtube video of how to do that, that is something my father and i can def do.
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and where and how much lube guard and tranny&diff oil should i buy?
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I don't know for your model car, but I got 4.5 quarts out of mine. The total of the 4EAT trans on the Forester is 9 quarts I believe but half of it is caught up in the torque converter and won't come out with just a drain. The Lubeguard comes in a small container or you can get Lubeguard Red I believe--O'Reilly's Auto Parts has it as does other stores.
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