Last post on Nov 02, 2006 at 7:48 AM
You are in the Subaru Forester
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Subaru XT, Subaru Forester, SUV
#6683 of 6715 Re: Forester Turbo (XT) vs. Mazda CX-7??? [kumari]
Sep 09, 2006 (8:13 pm)
Hi, I'm just wondering which car model you're describing here. This is a discussion of the Subaru Forester XT, but the car you describe is entirely unrelated to how I'd describe my 2004 XT. I've had two other Foresters and I'd never describe either of them as being anything like the vehicle you mentioned, either. If you could clarify which make and model you're referring to, I'll make sure I don't consider it for my next one! Thanks-Dave
#6684 of 6715 Re: Tire recs for '05 XT [terry92270]
Sep 14, 2006 (8:53 pm)
You should be "anal" about following the tire manufacturer's inflation reccomendations. Not under, not over.
I learned a number of years ago that manufacturers frequently bias their inflation recommendations towards ride comfort at the expense of tread wear. Hence a lower recommended inflation will provide a smoother ride but will result in the outer portions of the tread wearing faster. Adding a few PSI often results in more even wear.
#6685 of 6715 Noisey Wheel
Sep 24, 2006 (6:27 am)
Am hearing this squeal/ticking noise coming from the left wheel area. When I first back up or take off real slow it tends to be a squeal at the start and then turns into a clicking sound. It is dependent on wheel speed but either goes away or is masked by air/engine noise after a shift into second. I took the wheel off a took a look. Couldn't notice anything out of the ordinary. Blew the caliper out while I was under there but still have the noise. The car is an '04 XT 5sp. Any thoughts? While were in the same area has anyone else noticed that the rusting/flaking of the ribs between the inner and outer rotors seems a little excessive?
#6686 of 6715 Re: Noisey Wheel [killer2]
Sep 25, 2006 (10:41 am)
My guess is wheel bearing. It's less common on the 03+ but not unheard of.
#6687 of 6715 Re: Noisey Wheel [killer2]
Sep 25, 2006 (2:53 pm)
Could Also be your brake pad wear sensors.
#6688 of 6715 Re: Noisey Wheel [killer2]
Sep 27, 2006 (8:53 am)
If you notice a change in sound while going around an off- or on- ramp, it is probably a bearing as mentioned earlier. I have an 04 XT that just had the left front replaced; it's been grinding for a long time, I finally got it taken care of with some other things, along with a left control arm. A little squeal when first moving the car in the morning is normal, particularly if you park it outside - a little rust film is normal on the rotor and that's probably what you hear. My opinion - take it in and have the front suspension and linkages checked as a precaution.
#6689 of 6715 Noisey Wheel was brakes
Sep 29, 2006 (6:13 am)
It was the brake indicator making the noise. From what I've read here it seems like I did pretty good to make 46k. I'm upgrading pads to ceramic and next brake job I'll upgrade rotors as the dealer says the rotors are only good for one turning. I'd say the brakes are probably the weakest system on the XT. Hopefully the pad upgrade will make a difference. The funny part of the whole deal was to find out that an "entire" brake job is broken down into front or rear. I was quoted $150 for the entire brake job. So I asked if that was per axle or for the entire job. The reply was for the entire job. Turns out 150 is for front or rear. Shows how old I am. In the the old days per axle meant front or rear. I was wondering how they could do the entire job for 150. Now I know.
#6690 of 6715 Re: Noisey Wheel was brakes [killer2]
Sep 29, 2006 (9:16 am)
Was the $150 for new rotors as well or did they turn them. If they were able to turn them and save you money you can thank those little wear indicators for squealing! 46K is pretty good mileage for brakes, I hope to get that out of mine.
#6691 of 6715 Re: Noisey Wheel was brakes [done37]
Sep 29, 2006 (9:34 am)
$153 was for turning the front rotors and installing a set of Bendix ceramic pads. Big difference in braking! Highly recommend going ceramic. They not only give vastly improved braking but the brake guy says they're not the least bit aggressive. Can't wait to get the rears done next week. The rear pads are for some reason harder to come by.
#6692 of 6715 55 series tire
Oct 01, 2006 (8:52 am)
Am thinking of using my old 205/55/16 snow tires this year on my '04 XT. I know the 205 is OK but is the only thing I'm doing with going to the 55 is just lowering it a small percentage? If it's all good does anyone have a suggestion where to pick up some 16" steel wheels?