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 on 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 on August 13, 2011
What is an average cost for something like that?
ANSWER by on October 26, 2010
Great answer Ron!
ANSWER by on November 20, 2011
could it be a cv joint?