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    HELP! Dealership says I have no AWD?!?!

    Hey guys,

    I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan (Army) so my wife has been taking care of my WRX. She recently brought it to the dealership with 54,000 miles for it's 60,000 mile service. They did the regular maintenance totaling 634 dollars, which I thought was kind of steep. When my wife went to pick up the car, they told her that it was not running in AWD, but in RWD. He told her that I probably modified it for racing and that it was common, and in order to fix it they would have to drop the tranny and it would cost me a lot of money (so much for powertrain warranty.)
    So here is my question...

    I have never modified the tranny for rwd. I'm almost positive that it was AWD the last time I drove it (about a year ago) because it was in the snow in upstate New York, and i'm sure you all can agree that it is easy to distinguish between a rwd and awd car on slippery surfaces (not to mention the on axis spins to scare the wife
    I have searched the forum before I get flamed, and understand that in order to run RWD you have to modify the center differential. But would it be possible that my wife screwed something up? Maybe messed up the front half shafts or something?
    I'm probably going on to much, but about two years ago I had a problem where I just had a clutch installed, downpipe, and installed springs. A few days later it was as if my clutch didn't engage and was continuously slipping, to where the car was undriveable. Had it towed to Subaru, they said it was a bad clutch probably, I said it was not and I drove it home. Freaking weirdest thing ever, after hitting a few potholes the car ran fine!

    I swear I love my WRX but I have had so many drivetrain issues! I appreciate any help you can give me
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    i am by far no expert, but that sounds comletely ridiculous that the dealer would say that. They are either trying to scam your wife, or they are completely incompitent.

    There is a way as I understand it to convert a WRX to rwd by welding the rear diff. But it is a very intricate and costly processs.

    In my limited experience with WRXs, I whole heartedly beleive that there is no way that you can 'mistreat' a WRX in such a way that it would break something in the tranny or the diff or drive shaft so that the car would cease to be running in AWD anymore. That sounds completely ridiculous.

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    I think they are trying to scam you or they know nothing about WRX's
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    Sheared ring and pinion to the transaxle? I doubt it, you'd definitely feel that. And hear it.
    Yeah that doesn't make any sense. I think they're trying to scam your wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElBartoRex View Post

    There is a way as I understand it to convert a WRX to rwd by welding the rear diff. But it is a very intricate and costly processs.
    From what I hear it's pretty easy and the weld is in the center diff.
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    Welding the diff how? So it's locked full time? Or something else?
    If it's anything like how people who wheel weld their diffs, it's easy as sin. Do a ring of weld around the spider gears and then to the carrier so the spider gears can't spin. You're done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoOtArPhReEk View Post
    (not to mention the on axis spins to scare the wife
    Like donuts in place? How many of these do you do? You might have tasted the center diff doing this. Aside from that, they're trying to scam your wife.
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    Did you buy it new? If not, maybe the previous owner did the mod and you just didn't catch it. Otherwise, I would say that the dealership is trying to pull a fast one.
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    This thread is a joke. There's no way this happened.
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    Nope, no joke.

    Someone asked if I bought the car used, which I did with about 14,000 miles. The car did come with Morette headlights and a TurboXS RFL show off valve (anyone got a stocker for sale?).
    I think they're scamming my wife though. I know I drove the car in the winter and it had to be awd. I also know that when I installed the springs I could turn one tire and the opposite rear tire would also spin. It just so weird, and I'm mad that they're probably lying to her. She has to drive to NY next week and is afraid to drive it in the snow because she doesn't think it has AWD. Maybe she mentioned it to the dealer and he tried to get her, I don't know...

    Thanks for all your help, and BTW, what would be an easy way for me to make sure it is running in AWD?
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    Go to a different dealership! They are lying.

    Plus why is she worried? The northeast is dry, we have no snow right now.
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    What zip code is she in, let's see if we can find a suby specialist nearby that she could get the car to.

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    She lives in Huntington, WV, zip code 25704.
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    Take it to a 4 wheel dyno. If only the rear rollers move, then its RWD. If all 4 move, the dealer is lyin and I would call SOA to notify them of this dealer.
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    Someone either here or on nasioc sells welded centers diffs for RWD conversions for fairly cheap. But as you said, you would know in the snow if the car was RWD.

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