2008 Tribeca Transmission/ front diff fail- I'm going in!!

Discussion in 'Subaru Tribeca' started by dave silva, Feb 19, 2020.

  1. dave silva

    dave silva

    Mar 12, 2018
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    Wife's car, has 110,000 miles. it felt like a trans failure, It had been running perfectly then suddenly would not go forward, and then it would, felt weird but she was able to get it up to 50 and drive it home.

    So i rolled it into the garage to have a look and discovered the front wheels were not engaging. It got stuck in the grass and only the back wheels were spinning.

    Back story- we bought the car at 90K, i proceeded to do all the scheduled maintenance. The front diff was noisy. I drained about a pint of black smelly oil from it and replaced it with 3 pints. It sounded a lot better but i'm thinking that diff was wounded.

    I'm thinking it has failed and not the transmission.

    Not sure how to proceed. I can get a used trans including the diff for about the same price as a new diff. (i think)

    But most of the info on trans replacement has them coming out as a unit.

    How should i proceed?

    dave silva, Feb 19, 2020
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