Last post on Jul 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
#8594 of 8657 Re: 2012 Outback "wandering" [rcassano]
Nov 13, 2012 (8:41 am)
I have a 2013 Outback Premium. I now have about 750 miles on it. When I initially purchased the car, it did seem to wander a little but then again I had been driving a 2010 Mercury Milan Premier that had very touchy steering.
As I have driven the Outback more and more the wandering seems to be much less. I had a Jeep Liberty some years ago and that did wander but because it was more of an offroad vehicle than the Outback, I was comfortable with it but it did require constant steering correction.
The 2013 Outback has hydraulic steering, not electric. It has a fairly heavy feel to it and the road feel is a bit number than I like it.
#8595 of 8657 Re: 2012 Outback "wandering" [rcassano]
Jan 05, 2013 (4:58 pm)
Our 2011 3.6 Outback requires what seems like an excessive amount to force to turn the steering wheel also the steering system does not want to center itself. Any wheel movement up to about 15 degrees off center does not result in self centering when the wheel is let go. The vehicle requires constant steering correction on the road and it is not safe to take your eyes off the road at all to tune the radio for example. The dealer states this is normal for this vehicle. Any body else with a similar experience and or fix. Help woukd be appreciated.
#8596 of 8657 Re: 2012 Outback "wandering" [luvawd]
Jan 05, 2013 (5:54 pm)
What speed are you going when the steering is difficult and not returning to center? Expect that when at a stop position but not when making a 90degree turn at least 10mph. Get 2nd opinion at shop with computerized wheel alignment equipment.
#8597 of 8657 Re: 2012 Outback oil issue [pugjoy]
Jan 05, 2013 (8:04 pm)
A few questions. 1. What kind of driving do you do normally? 2. What kind of oil are you using? 3. How frequently do you change your oil?
The above questions are not answered in your post so it is hard to say why your Subaru is burning so much oil. I read the article and the author mentions that the type of driving you do has a big impact on oil consumption. If you use a conventional motor oil, that to can have an impact on consumption as most conventional motor oils do not hold up well in newer engines.
#8598 of 8657 Re: 2012 Outback "wandering" [rsadetsky]
Jan 09, 2013 (5:13 pm)
At any speed above 20 mph up to interstate 75 mph. At real low speeds I would not expect the steering to self center. In all normal driving turing the wheel up to 15 degrees, it will not self center, the wheel has to be returned to center. At 15,000 mile service the alignment was checked. The tow on both front wheels was out (towed in). Following the alignment the problem still persists in addition to what I feel is excessive effort to turn the steering wheel. The dealer says this is normal for this vehicle.
#8600 of 8657 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback battery drainage issue [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 09, 2013 (6:16 pm)
"never a good idea to do to a completely dead battery, and then your alternator works very hard to put a kind of 'surface charge' on the battery. So it's possible all this stressed out the battery. completely, utterly, dead batteries must be slow-charged or you can damage them. " That is very true. And check the number of battery cells in your new battery even if they look the same and from the same mfg.
#8601 of 8657 1996 Legacy L ...loud clicking noise
Jan 13, 2013 (3:06 pm)
OK so I (and I mean I) replaced the clutch in my ancient legacy a few months ago and now I am hearing a loud almost knocking noise from somewhere under the chassis. It only happens when the clutch is engaged and I am accelerating again only while accelerating , tried disengaging the clutch and revving the engine and could not duplicate the noise even while moving, Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as this is the only vehicle I have right now I need to get this solved before whatever it is becomes a major issue if it is not already.
#8602 of 8657 Re: 1996 Legacy L ...loud clicking noise [ominous]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 13, 2013 (5:02 pm)
Sounds like engine or transmission mounts OR a bad CV axle joint. If it's a bad CV joint, try to find a good used one, because rebuilt Subaru axle joints don't seem to work out very well.
#8603 of 8657 Re: 1996 Legacy L ...loud clicking noise [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 13, 2013 (9:10 pm)
I agree that the noise doesn't sound like it is coming from the clutch parts. Did you drop the tranny to do the replacement? Are all the nuts/bolts properly secured?
If it only does it under acceleration, then it is likely torque related. My first guess would be that the center driveshaft bushing is bad (that's the bushing on the driveshaft appx. 16" behind the rear of the transaxle), and is throwing out of balance under high-torque situations. If it's doing it under all acceleration, then it's really bad.
But, if you had no problems with it before the swap, then most likely it is something related to repair. Check that peripheral stuff that was disconnected and/or moved out of the way while you were doing the job.