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Fuse Is the FWD (front wheel drive) socket fuse suppose to be present in the fuse box? What is the purpose of it? Will it cause damage to the Vehicle to have the fuse in and then drive it?

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I know this has to do with running the spare tire. since the car is all wheel drive all tires must match (type/wear) the spare does not match those. The fwd mode must be engaged while running spare.

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FWD light is on...also check engine light is on...looking at the car as a second vehicle...what do you think


on Subaru vehicles there is a fuse under the hood near the rear (slightly to the left).it is all by itself .this fuse is used to put the car into front wheel drive only (subarus are all wheel drive ),check to see if this fuse is in place ,and if it is remove it and see what happens .....this may be the cause of your engine light as well or you may have 2 problems .

Dec 07, 2010 | 1996 Subaru Legacy

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Looking for the kind of fuse needed for a awd 1997 subaru lagacy. had the car towed this morning and the tow driver said my fuse that regulates the awd was blown???


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?
Cheers, immorion

Nov 26, 2010 | 1997 Subaru Legacy

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Is this van FWD or RWD?


It is most likely front wheel drive, some are all wheel drive.

Dec 02, 2009 | 1999 Plymouth Voyager

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My subaru impreza is an al wheel drive but its showing that its in front wheel drive.how do i put it in all wheel drive?


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 !

Oct 11, 2009 | 1995 Subaru Impreza

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Binding when making tight turns


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!

Jun 30, 2009 | 1996 Subaru Legacy

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Lost rear traction on 03 Impreza AWD


I have the same car. Mine is automatic. What is yours?

Possible scenarios:

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.

Nov 30, 2008 | 2003 Subaru Impreza

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I want to make my 05 impreza front wheel drive


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.

Jun 24, 2008 | 2005 Subaru Impreza

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