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My Suburu forester 1998 uses way too much gas. someone told me that If I could 'turn off' the four wheel drive, it wouldn't use so very much gas. Do you know about this, and how to do it? thanks

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  • Sam Smith
    Sam Smith Mar 18, 2011

    Hi,
    Has it always used the same amount of gas as now?

  • ncoleman0727 Mar 18, 2011

    thanks. I will have these things checked out. I still want to know about the four wheel drive...can one turn it on and off?

  • ncoleman0727 Mar 19, 2011

    yes, very informative. I will search for a good Suburu mechanic. I have only had the car a short time...a few months. I love it.

  • ncoleman0727 Mar 19, 2011

    Thanks for the info. I will look for a Suburu mechanic.to follow up. I've had the car only a few months.I love it but the gas just disappears in an amazingly short time.

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Hi.

The Forested is AWD, not 4WD. I do not think you can switch this vehicle to 2WD, the 4 wheel drive is automatic and always on. Here the difference about AWD and 4WD.

About the consumption, clean the sensors in the air intake (MAP and IAT), check for vacuum leaks, and do a code scanning to see if there are diagnostic trouble codes stored in the PCM.

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Hi, as an experienced person on this field, the four wheel drive has nothing to do with the consumption of fuel in your car. Either you use it or not, it consumes the normal fuel usage except you have some other problem with your car....

You can use my tips below to know some of the reasons why your car is using too much gas

Tire Pressure Under-inflated or over-inflated tires can negatively affect gas mileage and pose safety issues. Check the sidewall of the tires to see what the ideal tire pressure is and use a tire pressure gauge to see how your tire pressure compares.
Air Filters A dirty air filter can reduce your gas mileage. Checking it, or having it checked every time you have the oil changed, and changing it when necessary can help increase your fuel efficiency.

Faulty spark plugs, dragging brakes, kinked vacuum lines and faulty fuel injectors can cause your car to use more fuel than you think it should. Take your car to a mechanic; he should be able to identify the problem.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011

  • Tunde Autos
    Tunde Autos Mar 18, 2011

    HI, insert the fuse in the FWD (front wheel drive) slot. This slot should normally be empty and the fuse should only be inserted to -disable- the awd system. The FWD slot is found in a small box labeled FWD on the passenger side by the firewall or in the main fuse box on the driver's side.

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