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I have a 1996 subaru legacy 2.2 4wd auto and when i turn it shudders. I think it might be the transfer valve body playing up. when i put the fuse in to make it 2wd the shudder goes away. Do you think i might be right?

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  • brenthackett Jan 31, 2010

    front cvs were replaced 8 months ago, rears are still mint. sort of feels like the rear brakes are grabbing but only at low speeds ie less than 30 and only on full lock



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Shuddering is from centre differential (viscous coupling) There are a few additives on the market for 4wd automatics, after adding additive, you are supposed to drive several slow figure-of-eights at less then 5 mph, from full lock to full lock,this helps spread lubricant between the centre viscous coupling plates,which is where the judder comes from,This method sometimes works without using any additives-An empty parking lot is an ideal and safe fplace for figure-eights.

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Is it possible your CV (constant velocity) joint is bad or going bad? Do you hear a clicking noise on turns with your shudder? A CV joint will go bad after the boot is damaged in some way as to allow the grease to escape. The boot covers the joint and is packed with grease. If the boot is damaged and dirt or moisture can contaminate the grease and the CV joint will go sooner or later. And if there is not enough grease the CV joint will go dry and wear out. Look under your car and inspect the boot. If you find black grease leaking out or damage to boot, chances are the joint is failing. Fairly easy repair to do, maybe a couple hundred at a shop and a good mechanic should be able to get it done in a timely manner that day. If you have mechanic knowledge, you may want to do it yourself. I hope this helps, good luck!

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    John Mann Jan 31, 2010

    Well, I don't know much about your Sub, but I've been doing some research on this one and I've found a few things that sound like your problem. And I think you're right.

    1: Transfer Valve body and related parts like you said.

    2: Clutch binding during sharp turns. Clutch pack in the center differential (or whatever they call it) or something else in center diff.

    3: Issue with speed sensor. Perhaps it is sending too much power somewhere thinking it's slipping? Apparently in the turbo Subarus the speed sensors are in the transmission and non-turbo the rear sensor is on the side of the transmission.

    I like what you said and the clutch binding unless they are one in the same. Seems fairly common and sounds like what you described. I really hope you don't have some expensive powertain issue. Good luck, hope I was of assistance this time.



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