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Dan, ASE Certified Technician
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Looking at a possible purchase. 2002 Forester. FWD light is

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Looking at a possible purchase. 2002 Forester. FWD light is on and steering is a little stiff. Is this expensive ?
JA: Just to clarify, what are the exact lights you're talking about?
Customer: Left side of instrument cluster. FWD light.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Nothing. We were thinking of purchasing this vehicle.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: No just a question to is this a total drive shaft fix? Or just replacing a fuse?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

Hello my name is***** am an ASE Master Technician and I am glad to help you out with your question.

Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

You need to scan to see what codes are stored, yes, this could be expensive, FWD is four wheel drive light, there could be a problem with the drive system.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK. This was a trade at a lot I work at. Since I drive a Subaru I thought I would get one for the newest driver. Can a non Subaru get the Code? We are a Mazda dealer.
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

The shop should have a scan tool they use for used cars, use this and get a scan of the awd system.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK will do. It hasn't been touched yet but I will ask for this info. Thank you for letting me know what to look for.
Do you happen to know any bad codes or can I just look up on line?
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

Let me know the code and I can send you the info from the service manual.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. I hopefully will have later today.
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.


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