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#16960 of 19336 Forester front axle replacement
Feb 19, 2007 (1:26 pm)
Hi! I posted here a few weeks ago about some noises/vibrations in our 2000 Subaru Forester. Several places told us we needed a new transmission, but we finally took it to the Subara dealership, paid money to get a proper diagnosis, and they're telling me we need to replace the two front axles. We can get remanufactured axles for $500.00 (parts and labor) or all new Subaru axles for $1100.00 (parts and labor). Any recommendations on which is the better option? The car has 106,000 miles on it, and we already replaced one front axle with a reman. two years ago. Thanks for any advice!
#16961 of 19336 Re: Forester front axle replacement [john176]
Feb 19, 2007 (1:31 pm)
Where do you live? I can get the parts for around $150 for rebuilt ones. The labor isn't too bad on them either.
I'd go with the rebuilt personally.
#16962 of 19336 Re: Vibrations at 45-50mph [troutdoorsman]
Feb 20, 2007 (5:11 pm)
Re: Wheel shimmy --
Check the stupid stuff first: Tire Pressure
Not just low pressure (as in colder temps, winter), but uneven pressure can cause such stuff, especially in certain speed bands.
Next, have the wheels re-balanced. You might have thrown a balancing lead. Have the wheel alignment checked, as well.
Beyond that, you can start checking the expensive stuff -- Bent wheel rims, bent sterring linkages, etc. At your car's mileage, those are not likely. Tire pressures are, though. They should be checked at least once a week. If you find one that is consistently losing air (just a little) consider replacing the tire's valve core.
The local superstores (KMart, Walmart) usually carry an inexpensive air pump which can be plugged into a cigarette lighter or a DC power outlet. They are cheap insurance!
#16963 of 19336 Re: Vibrations at 45-50mph [gaucho1]
Feb 21, 2007 (10:45 am)
One more stupid stuff to check.
Check that all the lug nuts are tighten.
#16964 of 19336 Re: Vibrations at 45-50mph [hypov]
Feb 21, 2007 (10:59 am)
Lug nuts need to be tightened, but not over-tightened. Loosen all the lug nuts and use a clicker torque wrench to torque them to spec in three passes 52-62-72 ft-lb.
#16966 of 19336 winter hints
Feb 22, 2007 (7:57 pm)
A couple of minor problems sometimes are mentioned on these threads. First: about window washers suddenly not functioning. We live in a pretty cold area and I had non functioning window spray at times on various cars I've owned. I noticed it was usually after I hadn't used the washers for an extended period of time. I came to the conclusion that right at the nozzle point the washing solution separates over time and just leaves a tiny bit of water at the nozzle which freezes. I just take a glass or more of hot water and pour it over the nozzle and immediately hit the washer button. This usually clears it. I have to remind myself to use the washers from time to time.
The second item is sudden frosting on the inside of the windshield shortly after driving from a cold start. It can be scary. If your car isn't kept in a garage and there was a fresh snowfall, your grill and the top of your bumpers should be brushed off along with your windshield and hood. Sometimes when you drive off without the area in front being cleaned air will get blown in with snow into the heater air system. This can cause sudden inside frosting. Conditions have to be just right but it can happen. Shouldn't happen after you have driven a few miles or after the car is warmed. If it does then something else may be wrong. ....Jim
#16967 of 19336 Re: winter hints [w8ifi]
Feb 22, 2007 (9:10 pm)
"If it does then something else may be wrong."
Yep, like you may have the temperature control knob turned in the wrong direction.
#16968 of 19336 Re: winter hints [w8ifi]
Feb 23, 2007 (8:34 am)
Right at the base of the windshield where the wipers park is a slotted section in the black plastic cowl panel. That is the air intake for the HVAC system, so keeping this clear is important if you want to avoid drawing in snow or excessive moisture that will fog the glass.
#16969 of 19336 Re: winter hints [fibber2]
Feb 23, 2007 (3:55 pm)
You are right there Steve. On some cars I've had there was quite a bit of clearance between the hood and the HVAC intake allowing air from the engine compartment to flow over the grid. Even then it's a rare occurance, with snow consistency, humidity, temperature , wind direction,speed all just right for it to happen. I don't have a garage and every time I turn my back my two cars have a contest to see how many pine needles, maple seeds, pollen particles, seed coatings they can store in that air intake. The squirrels are always circling around.(maybe they think I'm nuts?)