My friend has a Subaru Outback Legacy, it's a 97 I believe. Has over 200 grand on it. It started making a nasty noise, then he noticed it was dripping oil. The transfer case has a big crack in it. At least that's what I think that part is called, the smaller part up front that powers the front wheels, that appears to be separate from the larger RWD part. I know cars pretty well, certainly better than I did 2 years ago, but I don't have much experience with AWD's, I know very little about the way that transmissions work beyond how to install one, and I am very new to Subaru's.
The fix for the problem is obvious, replace the busted part. But since it would be damn expensive and he wants to do it himself when he has the time, what I want to know is if he could get away with temporarily driving it anyway, I guess just powering the rear wheels, leaving the front wheel drive part to grind away since it's trashed regardless. One guy seemed to think it would mess up the tranny to do that, and I would like to know if that's true or not. Anybody know?