View Full Version : 1998 forester Problem

08-18-2009, 07:05 PM
I have a 1998 forester, it drives fine, but sometimes when I take off I feel the back wheels slip and feel a few clunk sounds then it takes off nomally.
I only feel it from the rear of the vehicle, and doesnt happen all the time.
I notice it hapenns when I drive off gravel to drive pavement, or it might just be a coincidence.
When I switch it to only FWD it doesnt do it.

Any ideas?

08-18-2009, 07:15 PM
I would like to add that I notice it mostly when I take off and am turning, I do not recall it doing it on a straight take off.
So possibly binding?
But when I put the FWD Fuse in, it doesnt have the problem.

10-31-2009, 04:54 PM
New to the forum but had Subarus since 2000. Maybe a little late for but it sounds like your limited slip differential is not happy.

Good luck

Strut Mcphearson
11-20-2009, 05:25 PM
I'm assuming its an automatic? This was common on those years when the tcm saw wheel slip it engages 4wd harshley. (Automatic only) There is a service bulliten out for this. you may need a transmission computer flash.
Hope this helps