no u-turns for me? on 1996 Subaru Impreza Outback

When I pull a hard left turn, the car begins to "chug" along (almost violently).. otherwise the car runs perfectly.. my temporary remedy has been to utilize the 3-point turn instead of a u-turn. Any ideas of what this could be?

by in Talkeetna, AK on October 26, 2010
3 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by , October 26, 2010
If this vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission and is all wheel drive then you have a bad transfer clutch assembly. You will need to remove the rear tail housing from the trans and replace the clutch pack and solenoid. This is not a job for the backyard mechanic because the components have to be measured and set up properly for it to work again. I have done about 100 of these in my 20 yrs as a subaru tech. Ron's Auto Repair
COMMENT by , August 13, 2011
What is an average cost for something like that?
ANSWER by , October 26, 2010
Great answer Ron!
ANSWER by , November 20, 2011
could it be a cv joint?