Last post on Aug 26, 2009 at 12:14 PM
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#70 of 71 Re: Torque Split on AWD statement is wrong [kurtamaxxxguy]
Aug 25, 2009 (10:26 pm)
Kurt & Juice:
I did not know Subaru has a "FWD option"! Is that true of all Subies - sticks & automatics?
Lets say I am driving on I 94 through Eastern Montana, S Dakota & Minnesota in the summer -- basically 1000 miles of relatively flat, dry straight concrete ribbon. If I install a fuse to defeat the AWD & am in FWD only, will that reduce the mechanical load / friction / drag resulting in a signifcant (may 10% increase in mpg as wild guess)? So could I have FWD much of the time & simply pull the fuse when AWD traction is desired?
#71 of 71 Re: Torque Split on AWD statement is wrong [204meca]
Aug 26, 2009 (12:14 pm)
Not all - you only have the "insert FWD Fuse" option on the base AWD models with automatic. So not on models with VTD AWD and also not with the viscous coupling manual trans models.
It's really meant for part-time use when you get a flat tire.
It would be hard to know the long-term effects of disengaging the rear axle from the front because it is meant to have torque transmitted there full-time. Who knows if all those parts will be properly lubricated under loads.
Also, you won't get 10%. Yes there is more drag, but you carry the extra weight regardless of whether it's on or off. I bet you'll see more like 3-5%, if that.