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SUBARU AWD NOT WORKING

I have a 1998 Legacy GT with 200k that I've had for 6mos. Drove it for the first time and learned there is no power to the rear wheels. Since I am into the car for under $1k I'm only fixing things I can do myself and/or inexpensive items. Are there some simple things I should check for, ie fuses etc, before giving up and declaring it a FWD only car?

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    Jon Mc Call Dec 27, 2013

    Sorry, my post should have read "Drove it in snow for the first time".

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There has to be constant all wheel drive because that is the drive train design. A diff at the front --a diff in the middle (gearbox) and a rear diff. If there is no drive to the rear diff then maybe there is a problem in the centre diff and the previous owner removed the connecting drive bit .

Posted on Dec 26, 2013

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If it takes that much force to manually open the doors, and it's on the doors that are less used, then I'd bet it's a set of door locks and actuators in need of lubrication. 
Electric door lock actuators can easily be stopped or slowed down by resistance in the mechanism. This can be caused by corrosion, water getting into the door, and just old age and lack of use. I'd take the door panels off and take a peek. 
On the Legacy the panels pop off fairly easily. You'll need to pry them off carefully with a flat screwdriver. You'll feel where the fasteners are, where the panels are resisting coming off, and prise the panel gently and firmly at these points and they'll pop out. Once out you'll see the lock mechanism. 
Moving it by hand will tell if it's corroded or bound up. Apply some white litium grease to the mechanism, making sure to squirt/work it in, and then work the door handle/mechanism to get the lube into the linkage and actuators. Check the electrical contacts for corrosion while there and spray with WD-40 to protect them. This should free up the door mechanism and the actuators should then be able to do their job.
If after the above steps the electric actuators still don't work, use a voltmeter or circuit tester to check for 12V at the actuator when the door button is pressed. If you don't see any power, recheck that fuse and then the wiring back to the door harness. It's unlikely that this is the cause as its unlikely that you'd get only 3 out of 4 bad, but you never know in these old cars.
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This problem is usually caused when the transfer solenoid/valve assembly goes bad, it's located in the transmission extension housing & needs to be replaced. it can be done without removing the transmission.

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