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I have a 2004 Forester where the rear wheel drive is disconnected by inserting the Appropriate fuse, the car is now front wheel drive only. Is this a common practise, and is it expensive to revert to all wheel drive.
 

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Other than a sending power to front wheels, no damage will come of this. But really nothing to be gained. Not sure why you want to do this.
 

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G'day & welcome @Bill Gillbard
Are you saying you did this or have you just acquired the vehicle and it was already this way? It can be done to hide rear drive train issues. To switch to AWD just pull the fuse ;)
 

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Two questions:
Won’t this solve the towing problem with AWDs?
Is this possible with newer Foz’s?
 

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I think he means can you tow the Forester safety with the rear wheels on the ground because the fuse is pulled.
The answer is no. That will cause problems whether the fuse is there or not.
 

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Switching to front-wheel-drive was to allow the use of a space-saver spare on the rear axle.
But I have heard of people trying to improve their fuel mileage by switching the AWD to front wheel drive, a foolish move since all the mechanical parts are still there and moving. Like some have said, it could also be to hide a rear drive-train problem.
 
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