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#1 of 23 Subaru Impreza Suspension/Steering Problems
by pf_flyer HOST
Nov 07, 2006 (8:03 am)
Discuss Impreza suspension/steering issues here.
Nov 21, 2007 (7:56 am)
I was wondering if anyone had this problem, when you turn the steering wheel, it makes this short vibrating noise, almost like a humming but it last like half a second, and then if you continue to turn the steering wheel, it'll hum every 1-2 turns. It makes this noise even with the engine off. Any Ideas?
#3 of 23 Re: Steering Issues [kumashirosan]
Feb 08, 2008 (1:26 pm)
It may just be the normal whirring while turning the steering wheel. You may hear it sometimes, other times it'll be silent. I just got into a 2008 Impreza 2.5i, I hear it occasionally. Apparently, the power steering is louder in the Impreza compared to other imports. But who knows, I can be wrong.
Any other ideas?
#4 of 23 Re: Steering Issues [aaman1]
Feb 08, 2008 (5:55 pm)
Does it make this noise with the wheels spinning or at a stop? If at a stop (such as the engine off!), it takes quite a bit of effort to turn those tires - the noise may simply be built-up stress relieving in the system. If the the wheels are spinning, I would not expect it to be normal because I have never heard this noise before on a Subaru. Why would they suddenly make this a "feature" of the '08 Impreza?
#5 of 23 Re: Steering Issues [xwesx]
Feb 08, 2008 (6:39 pm)
IIRC doesn't the new impreza use a hydro-electric steering pump?
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#6 of 23 Re: Steering Issues [paisan]
Feb 08, 2008 (6:48 pm)
In Japan, but not here I don't think.
#7 of 23 Re: Steering Issues [rsholland]
Feb 08, 2008 (6:49 pm)
Ah ha, I remembered you mentioning it, that's where I picked it up from. Haven't been under the hood of an 08 yet.
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#8 of 23 impreza 08 soft suspension
Mar 04, 2008 (9:19 pm)
Has anyone else noticed that the new 08 impreza suspension is softer than the last version? Lovely little car, but I swear it's softer than the model I tested at the dealership.
Can anyone suggest some easy fix to put a little stiffness in the cornering? I'm happy, but could be happier..
#9 of 23 Re: impreza 08 soft suspension [jagou]
Mar 05, 2008 (10:27 am)
The only real way to change roll stiffness is to swap out the springs.
You can increase the tire pressure slightly, and maybe add a thicker sway bar to lessen body roll.
That won't change the spring rate, though.
#10 of 23 New 2008 Impreza/Outback Sport
Mar 25, 2008 (7:13 am)
Hello to all! I just became a member and look forward to participating in the great discussions I followed for a few years now. It is partly because of you guys that I became a Subaru enthusiast and purchased an Outback Sport for my wife last month. Great car. Well, here’s my first question:
As it sat in my garage I noticed that the driver's side body is lower than the passenger side by roughly 1/4" to 3/8". So I brought it back to the dealer and I got the opinion that it was something unusual so they contacted Subaru for advice. Later that afternoon they explained that this difference in height of the body is within tolerance. I asked for a copy of the document that they looked at and it is numbered FS-7 and has the title “Wheel Alignment.” The measurement they do at the dealership is from the center of the wheel to the inside of the wheel arch measured at its highest point. The measurement should be 15.4”. The tolerance is +0.47”/-0.94”. Although the measurements done on my Impreza are within tolerance, I was not offered an explanation of why there is a difference in height between the two sides of the car. In addition, these tolerances seem too high.
Does anyone have knowledge or experience with this phenomenon and know about a solution?