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04-05-2005, 09:05 AM #1
Subaru Owners looking to save on gas...
Here is a little trick I just learned, it may already be known by many, but at any rate. On Subarus at least from 00' and up there is a fuse socket in the under hood fuse box, look in you manual as to which one, place a 15 amp fuse in there and that is an override for the AWD system, it effectively and safely places the car into front wheel drive mode.
Since spring is here, there is no threat of snow or ice, gas is $2.39 a gallon, and it is just long dry road trips ahead, I switched mine a week ago to test it, I am getting better than 32 mpg in my Outback sedan, before I was getting around 24mpg.
04-05-2005, 09:10 AM #2
no shit? I will be trying this on my Forester. Nice."For in the end life and liberty can be as much endangered from illegal methods used to convict those thought to be criminals as from the actual criminals themselves".
04-05-2005, 09:39 AM #3
Only works with an automatic transmission. Wishing I could do that right now, gas costs have been killing me lately.[This Space For Rent]
04-05-2005, 09:42 AM #4
oh yeah on AT only. I am completly stoked. Also I know it works on older At models two, on the 98's the fuse is conveniently labled AWD and has its own socket towards the firewall on the back left of the engine. I hope this helps alot of people save on gas.
04-05-2005, 09:47 AM #5
AT only huh. Well I had to buy an AT after knee surgery up until just know I have been wishing that I bought a manual."For in the end life and liberty can be as much endangered from illegal methods used to convict those thought to be criminals as from the actual criminals themselves".
04-05-2005, 09:59 AM #6
Dang, have the manual transmission.
I'm surprised that you get 8 mpg more with the AWD disabled. I think in the ATs the normal distribution between front and rear is like 90/10. Shit, if I could theorectically disable the AWD in my manual I'd be rocking 38mpg?A lot of people earn their turns. Some just get bigger checks.
04-05-2005, 10:17 AM #7
Some of the advantage may be that I have only been doing this for a week and almost all the miles have been highway(It has been nice enough to bike alot). I will be watching closely to see how it levels out when I drive more.
I guess any mpg savings is worth it though. Just don't forget you have it in FWD when the snow starts to fly again.
04-05-2005, 10:55 AM #8
as soon as it stps snowing in UT I will try this out ( let ya know in June!)
04-05-2005, 11:05 AM #9
interesting, I will ask my mechanic about that this weekend.
04-05-2005, 11:15 AM #10
I spoke to a mechanic about it yesterday, he said there would be no harm done to the trens or the differentials. He said subaru designed it this way for troubleshooting issues on the awd system, but it can be safely used w/o compromising your awd system in the long run.
I think I may design a switch that I can run to the dash so I can flip it on and off at will.
I'm Interested in others experience with this.
04-05-2005, 01:23 PM #11
I have this option on my 91...won't be trying it for a while though...still slipery around Banff at the moment...more gravel and mud than snowKnowledge is Powder
04-05-2005, 01:29 PM #12
So, this is a safe option and is suitable for long term use with out damaging the vehicle?"if the city is visibly one of humankind's greatest achievements, its uncontrolled evolution also can lead to desecration of both nature and the human spirit."
-- Melvin G. Marcus 1979
04-05-2005, 01:45 PM #13
My suby mechanic said it was safe.
04-05-2005, 03:05 PM #14
What about the WRX autos? I'd worry about the extra power pushing through the tranny to only 2WD.More fucked up than a cricket in a hubcap
04-05-2005, 03:09 PM #15
I imagine you could do it with any AWD vehicle if they have the shutoff fuse socket. I would contact your suby or appropriate shop to find if it is OK on a WRX.
04-05-2005, 03:27 PM #16Originally Posted by SkiingBear
The floggings will continue until morale improves.
04-05-2005, 03:56 PM #17
I've got to say, that makes the subaru seem a lot more appealing.
04-05-2005, 04:03 PM #18
Regardless of what a subaru mech. might say, I would almost gurantee if you have a waurenty that this would void it. If you have a problem, change it back before you take it to a dealer.I'm in a band. It's called "Just the Tip."
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04-05-2005, 08:08 PM #20Originally Posted by PaSucks
Along the same lines, if you need to replace a tire you're supposed to replace all 4 or, as I found out not too long ago, you can have the new tire "shaved down" to match the wear on the remaining 3 tires (definitely cheaper for the short term).[This Space For Rent]
04-05-2005, 08:40 PM #21
I agree with skiingbear, I doubt this would void the warranty as it is spelled out in the owners manual. It wouldn't hurt to switch it back to go to the dealer for regular check ups, as I doubt there is any way for them to know as long as it was switched back.
04-05-2005, 08:59 PM #22
NNNNNNOOOOOO not just Automatics it can't be so! I was so stoked when I first read this.... but of course I have a 5speed. I'm going over to scooby mods to confirm or deny this. No offense but this is a ski forum and they really seem to know their subs over there. I wouldn't go there to learn the best place to ski either.It's not so much the model year, it's the high mileage or meterage to keep the youth of Canada happy
04-05-2005, 09:08 PM #23It's not so much the model year, it's the high mileage or meterage to keep the youth of Canada happy
04-05-2005, 10:58 PM #24Originally Posted by L7[This Space For Rent]
04-05-2005, 11:17 PM #25Originally Posted by SkiingBearIt's not so much the model year, it's the high mileage or meterage to keep the youth of Canada happy