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Hi I have a 1991 Subaru Legacy GT Station Wagon, which I'm told has a transmission solenoid problem on the 4 wheel drive system, causing a vibrating noise when turning on full lock. I have since disengaged the 4WD by inserting the fuse provided by Subaru making it 2WD, which then brings up the 4WD red light on the dash. My question is how safe is it to run in this way? It's an old car and I am reluctant to shell out for an expensive repair if I can run it safely as a 2WD.

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It is safe. the manufacturer would tell you to do it if it wasn't (unless it was toyota). any way it is better to run in two wheel than four. will save you money. it's less wear and tear on the system.

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It is absolutely safe to use your vehicle this way if recommended by the manufacturer. Using the 2WD also gives a better fuel economy as it needs to transmit power to only two wheels.

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  • Mark Scroggin Oct 21, 2012

    I'm glad I've seen this posting. I have an issue with my 1991 Legacy Wagon AWD. The AWD engages when turning, causing a 'binding' sensation. Then when I turn off the motor, whether in Park or Neutral or Drive, you feel it 'settle'. The solenoid has been replaced but it didn't solve the problem. Here's the even stranger part...I installed the AWD fuse, and it still happens! What is going on?

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