96 subaru awd rear wheels have no power


Asked by Dec 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM about the 1996 Subaru Impreza 4 Dr LX AWD Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

8 Answers

Nick Eidemiller

More details please, has it always been like this or did it just go out, did it, is it auto or manual?

Best Answer

Is the rear drive shaft still there?


may have started about a month ago.would spin on wet road or gravel.before that u couldn't even get it to spin in snow.never got around to looking at it. today it snowed car wouldn't go anywhere.drive shaft is still there.do not want to disable awd need it for bad weather.could not find afuse marked for awd in owners man. or on fuse panel.put a fuse in awd under hood fwd lite came on and front wh.dr. only for sure


sorry yes it's an automatic

Nick Eidemiller

well if your sure neither back wheel has power it's probably the viscous center differential, normally the auto works to send 90% of the power to the front wheels and 10% to the rear unless it detects slip, then the viscous diff kicks in locking the power split to 50% front 50% rear, to equalize power and cut down on slip. if you have no power being put to the rear it's either a issue with the center diff or possibly a stripped out output shaft from the transmission is the other thing.

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I grabbed the driveshaft it has some play but not stripped.Where is this viscous diff everyone is talking about. is it internal or exturnal

Nick Eidemiller

it's a component inside the transmission, you'd have to remove and pull apart the transmission to see it.

Colin McDonough

Get yourself a test light and check every fuse in every fuse box in the vehicle before anything else.

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