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#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.
#8604 of 8657 Re: 1996 Legacy L ...loud clicking noise [xwesx]
Jan 14, 2013 (12:14 pm)
So after driving around for errands today the noise became much worse....then....damn dog ran out in front of me and had to whip the wheels to the right and heard loud crunch noise from underneath so I pulled over to look under ( not easy seeing as the car has low ride highth and its on 6 inches of snow lol) but saw nothing had to get it off the road so I started to drive away and the clicking noise started to deminish, now only clicking when turning right. So I think that you guys are right in that its a driveaxle probably passenger side front but as far as dropping the tranny when I replaced the clutch, nope I pulled the engine out It seemed much easier to do and I wouldn't have to get under it for much that way(bad back and all) I will keep you updated to what I find.
#8605 of 8657 Re: 1996 Legacy L ...loud clicking noise [ominous]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 14, 2013 (12:25 pm)
If you have to replace the CV joint/axle, I would encourage you to search for a good used one, which you can inspect by cutting off the boots, cleaning the joint up and if all is well, installing new boots (which you should do anyway on a used part).
The failure rate for remanufactured Subaru CV joints is about 50%. Lots of Subaru guys already know this so finding a good used axle might take you a while.
#8606 of 8657 Re: 1996 Legacy L ...loud clicking noise [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 16, 2013 (11:03 am)
I didn't know that, Shifty, thanks for the tip.
Ominous, it definitely sounds like a CV joint at this point. if it only makes the noise while turning right, then it is most likely the joint on the passenger side. At least, that's what I found when my joints went out. Crunching/scraping to the right was the passenger side, and the same to the left as the driver side.
#8607 of 8657 Re: 1996 Legacy L ...loud clicking noise [xwesx]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 16, 2013 (5:56 pm)
Ah....you know, that may be your experience, and a valid observation, but the general rule of thumb is that the bad CV joint is on the side opposite the way you're turning---because that's the CV joint that is "loaded"---that is, under load.
#8608 of 8657 Re: 1996 Legacy L ...loud clicking noise [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 16, 2013 (11:27 pm)
I could be remembering it wrong. That was 8-10 years ago!
#8609 of 8657 OK gang, refresh my memory
Apr 13, 2013 (12:34 pm)
RE head gaskets... what years were affected (besides '99) - and just the 2.5 engine?
We're searching for a car for our 2 fledgling drivers coming up (July & December). Found a '95 Legacy L sedan, only 108K miles, 2.2L. Looks like a gem, taking a closer look later today.