Heat related binding


Asked by Jun 09, 2014 at 06:12 PM about the 2002 Subaru Forester L

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hello.  I have a 2002 Forester with 175,000 miles.  After I drive the car for about 1/2 hour and the car gets hot, I have a problem when I turn the vehicle.  No issue when I go straight, but when I turn, like going into a parking space, something starts binding.  I can overcome the binding, with more power from the gas pedal.  The tires are and have been good.  I can not tell if the binding is from the front or rear.  The binding will occur either going front or back with the wheels turned.  It almost feels like the brakes are being applied, but it is not.  Any suggestions, please.

2 Answers


It has a manual transmission, if that makes any difference. Thanks.


I believe this is something in the transfer case. I think it's a viscious coupler or something? I have 4EAT so I'm not as familiar with the MT's. I think you want to google (or forum search) for torque binding. If you don't find much, join the forum (subaruforester.c0m) and ask around. In the auto's, that exact scenario is how the clutches in the MPT get burned up and it's usually related to the duty solenoid. Anyways, I wish you well and please keep us posted.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Subaru Forester Questions

Subaru Forester Experts

#1 Nick Eidemiller
Nick Eidemiller
Reputation 3,190
#2 walth
Reputation 2,580
#3 lifeson34
Reputation 2,280
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Outback"
422 Great Deals out of 30,431 listings starting at $1,295
Used Honda CR-V"
1,597 Great Deals out of 81,716 listings starting at $1,695
Used Toyota RAV4"
1,226 Great Deals out of 49,367 listings starting at $2,495
Used Subaru Impreza"
242 Great Deals out of 8,290 listings starting at $1,995
Used Subaru Legacy"
246 Great Deals out of 18,022 listings starting at $1,300
Used Subaru Impreza WRX"
43 Great Deals out of 1,348 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota 4Runner"
360 Great Deals out of 18,966 listings starting at $2,400
Used Ford Escape"
1,706 Great Deals out of 95,097 listings starting at $500
Used Toyota Highlander"
653 Great Deals out of 31,070 listings starting at $1,990
Used Toyota Tacoma"
636 Great Deals out of 30,606 listings starting at $2,850
Used Hyundai Santa Fe"
631 Great Deals out of 35,812 listings starting at $800
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee"
1,201 Great Deals out of 74,210 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Subaru Forester For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 10,576 listings starting at $20,970
2016 Subaru Forester For Sale
34 Great Deals out of 1,313 listings starting at $19,950
2015 Subaru Forester For Sale
77 Great Deals out of 1,748 listings starting at $14,950
2014 Subaru Forester For Sale
64 Great Deals out of 1,694 listings starting at $8,995
2013 Subaru Forester For Sale
23 Great Deals out of 443 listings starting at $11,991