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#6202 of 8644 Unusual Sound at High Speed in 2004 Subaru Outback Wagon
Jun 29, 2006 (3:53 pm)
About 3 months ago I purchased a used [27,000 mi] 2004 Subaru Outback Wagon. About 3 weeks into owning it I noticed while on the freeway a strange sound [like paper in a fan] coming from the front driver side; it seemed to be coming out of the air conditioning vent. To make a long story short we have narrowed the sound to only when the car is going between 70-75 mph. and upon acceleration. If I go below or above that speed range it stops; if I take my foot off of the accelerator between that speed it stops. This is an intermittent problem that has stumped 2 dealerships thus far. Because I otherwise love the vehicle and do not want to hassle with Lemon Law, I am hoping someone can give me some suggestions to pass on to the mechanics. As we speak my car is at the dealership for the 3rd time. Thanks.
#6203 of 8644 Re: 2001 Subie t-boned. What to expect... [dbell1]
Jun 29, 2006 (6:51 pm)
Subaru says you should not have tires with more than a 1/4 inch difference in circumference or it can damage the AWd system.If you only have 4000 miles left on the old tires you can be sure thats more than a 1/4 in difference with your new ones.
#6204 of 8644 Re: 2001 Subie t-boned. What to expect... [dbell1]
Jun 29, 2006 (9:45 pm)
Sorry to hear about your accident.
I agree on getting 4 new tires if there is only 4k remaining on the old tires. Along with the tires, I suggest a four wheel alignment.
That's what I did after being rear-ended hard enough to make one of the rear doors hard to open. A t-bone could affect alignment far more than being rear-ended.
Hope it all goes well,
#6205 of 8644 Re: 2001 Subie t-boned. What to expect... [dbell1]
Jun 30, 2006 (7:18 am)
A 3rd in agreement about getting 4 new tires...
When you get it back, go during the day, look it over closely. Step back and make sure the body panels align nicely. Check the gaps around the door for evenness.
Then take a test drive, do a figure 8 in forward and reverse (!) in an empty parking lot to make sure the differentials are all working properly, who knows what an impact like that could do to them.
Turn off the radio and open the windows, and listen for any drivetrain noises that don't sound familiar (wheel bearings especially).
Do not accept the car unless it's quiet and looks and feels nice and tight.
My Miata was fixed recently and I did not accept the car - they cracked some trim and I made them replace it. Then the alloy wheel cap was not replaced and I made them get that too (I had asked originally). So I did not accept the car back until the 3rd time I saw it.
Be picky, it's your right, the car should be returned to its condition prior to the accident.
#6206 of 8644 Re: Buzzing / rattle sound 2000 Outback [zman3]
Jun 30, 2006 (10:15 am)
Perhaps it is the heat shield. The reason I did not think so is that on a previous car the when the heat sheid was loose I heard a rattling sound. In this case it is more of a buzz / vibration than a rattle (much higher frequency). Perhaps it is just loose in a different way.
#6207 of 8644 Re: Buzzing / rattle sound 2000 Outback [markk1]
Jun 30, 2006 (1:06 pm)
That's the problem with noises. They are difficult to describe over the internet. With mine it was a high frequency rattle/vibration, but it definitely had a metallic sound to it. If yours does not sound like metal, it may very well be something else.
#6208 of 8644 Re: Buzzing / rattle sound 2000 Outback [zman3]
Jun 30, 2006 (4:24 pm)
Oh, right... I was making the same assumptions - the heat shield sounds with which I have dealt were similar, I would say, as to the way zman3 described them.
#6209 of 8644 05 OB i sports shift maulfauction - manual mode
Jul 01, 2006 (6:02 pm)
I had a interesting experience today, I sometimes slow down via downshifting (automatic w/ 'sports shift). Sometimes I shift too soon, and get the beep-beep-beep sound which basically means I am going too fast to get into the gear I requested and denies my request. All well and good, though I am now dependant on this beep-beep-beep as a safety.
On today I was slowing down and shifted into 1st, all of a sudden I hear the wheels skidding and the 'roo slows down abruptly. I downshifted into 1st too soon, and my 'roo let me
Then looking at it and some more playing with the 'manumatic' mode, it seemed it gave a OK to downshift into 1st at about 32 mph, when is was suppose to be at about 23 mph.
I hope that was just a blip, but could it indicate a computer problem, or another problem. Does it sound like I caused any damage in this shift? I haven't drove it since then and hope it will be all better on the next restart.
#6210 of 8644 Re: 05 OB i sports shift maulfauction - manual mode [tkanic]
Jul 02, 2006 (9:06 am)
A really smart way of driving!
If this was manual tranny, the car would be toast!
#6211 of 8644 Re: '97 Subaru Legacy Sedan [tkanic]
Jul 02, 2006 (3:24 pm)
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to be taking it to the shop this week. My battery light is now coming on again and I just had the battery & alternator installed over Memorial Day! Any ideas what could be causing me to lose all this power?