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I want to make my 05 impreza front wheel drive

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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  • Dave Z Aug 11, 2008

    Yes I just Got a 2008 Subaru Outback Sport and I am curious about getting better gas mileage, I have heard about adding a 10amp fuse Somewhere in the fuse box and it shuts down the rear differential. will this damage my new car?
    DZ


  • fanfare Aug 13, 2008

    I have the same question. Mine is a 2004 Impreza.

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I can't see how this would affect your mileage by much since the engine still has to carry the weight of the centre and rear differentials.

Wouldn't do it to a new one either, you most likely wouldn't be covered under warranty if you did it either.

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