If i insert a 10 amp fuse in the fwd empty fuse area of the fuse box will my car become front wheel drive instead of all wheel drive? it is a standard 5 speed. and will it gie me better gas mileage? also will it injure my car to drive it that way for a long time? thank you, jill
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There is a fuse box in the engine compartment on the passenger side labeled FWD and, under normal conditions, should be empty. The user manual indicates that a fuse can be installed in order to disable AWD. This should be done if you are using the spare tire, the car is to be towed w/o a flatbed and when the front and rear wheels aren't the same.
I imagine that the driver checked this fuse box and found it empty and told you the fuse was blown... does this sound about right?
With the fuse installed you will get a warning light on the dash (red FWD) to remind you that your rig is running in FWD mode...
This FWD fuse box is only present on AT models.
Why was the car towed and did they lift the front end or put it on a flat bed?
The fuse under the hood is for the control of the all wheel drive. But, remove the fuse for it to work all wheels, install fuse for just front wheels drive. Good luck and hope it helps. Have a great day. P.S. My wife and I play with one of our Outbacksw in the back of our property. Tonight we were throwing snow up over the hood. Real fun.
actually if my memorie is good the lignt indicate fwd for four weel drive ) and not (front weel drive) how ever ,you could look in the fuse box ,there should be a space to insert a fuse in order to release the rear traction ...but i do not recomand you to drive it all time like that ,not to good !
duty solenoid that controls transfer clutches may be at fault,check the obvious first starting with level and condition of trans fluid if its ok make sure all tire sizes are correct and same,different tire sizes can cause binding in turns, all tires need to same circumfrence,if this is ok there is a empty fuse slot i believe in fuse box under the hood,place fuse in slot marked FWD,by putting a 15amp fuse in this slot it forces trans into front wheel drive a warning light on the dash will illuminate FWD,drive the car in your culdesac and hpefully binding wont occur signaling a problem with your transfer case either the clutches or that duty solenoid,the check engine lamp is probably not related to this concern good luck!
I have the same car. Mine is automatic. What is yours?
1/ Is the FWD on the dash panel lit up? This will tell you that only the front wheels are engaged without power to the rear wheels. The manual tells you if you have a flat tire in your car, you have to make it into a FWD by inserting a fuse in your fuse box. Check and see if the circuitry isn't shorting out your awd which is making it fwd.
2/ Because the car has open diffs in the front and rear axles, you (or your friend) might see only the front wheels spinning and not the rear wheels. The power is transfered to the wheel with lowest resistance. With the front wheel spinning, one of the rear wheel(s) should also spin. Might not be a solution but maybe you can't see the rear spinning wheel because it's spinning on the other side.