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#36 of 55 2002 Forester with sudden extreme vibration.
Dec 20, 2007 (7:09 pm)
I bought a 2002 Forester a few months ago and have driven it about 8,000 miles. A couple of days ago an extreme vibration started that feels as though it is coming from the front drivers side wheel. It wobbles/vibrates at 30 + mph mostly while giving it gas and to a more violent extent around 50 + mph . The tires were in pretty bad shape and i have bought new tires , new brakes, and got the car aligned at a Firestone tire place. They did not notice any problems other than a bad battery and a slight miss. It is still as bad as ever and the new items did not help at all . Does anyone have any suggestions?
#37 of 55 Re: 2002 Forester with sudden extreme vibration. [dork42775]
Dec 21, 2007 (11:03 am)
Educated guess: wheel bearing.
#38 of 55 Re: 2002 Forester with sudden extreme vibration. [ateixeira]
Dec 21, 2007 (8:53 pm)
I assume re-balanced the tires?
I'd also move the tires around to see if it moves, that would indicate a problem with the rim or tire. If you move the tires and the problem is on the same wheel then it's either bearing or axle or both.
#39 of 55 Re: Front end noise? [gagecalman]
Jan 12, 2008 (6:13 am)
Hi Gagecalman, did you ever get this fixed? My 04 Forester is making the same noise whenever I go over a bump, especially a full-width speed bump. The noise used to come from all across the front of the car. The dealer replaced all the suspension bushes and for about 6 months the noise went away. It then began again, but this time just coming from the nearside. This time the dealer replaced the nearside shock absorber, for about a week the noise went away. It then started again, just from the nearside. The dealer has written to Subaru Head Office to get further advice, because they are at a loss as to what's making the noise.
#40 of 55 Re: Front end noise? [skarnes1]
Feb 01, 2008 (2:07 am)
Hi did you find out what the problem was with your forester(I've got a similar vibration at low speed-in car parks etc)
#42 of 55 Re: Front end noise? [royapp]
Feb 02, 2008 (2:50 pm)
Mine was/is not a vibration but rather a click/crack noise and it appears the problem is not with the suspension but rather the brakes. I have been told the axle nut became loose and caused excess play in rotor which caused the pads to creak and make all kinds of crazy noises when going over bumps, backing up and when applying the brakes. The dealer has been able to reduce the noise but its still present after many months. Hopefully this will be resolved next week as i have one more appointment. They are going to take the caliper apart and inspect the pads and replace if they have any unusual wear. I have been told that its normal for Subaru's brakes to make noises in similar situations and I think not otherwise these forums would be filled with peoples complaints like mine.
#43 of 55 Re: Front end noise? [gagecalman]
Mar 02, 2008 (1:55 am)
Gagecalman did you ever get this problem fixed and what was it?
#44 of 55 Burned Grease Smell
Mar 21, 2008 (4:14 pm)
2001 Forester L, 59+++mi., I had a passenger side front inner CV boot go bad and sling grease all over back and underside of engine and area. Especially on the catalitic converter and heat sheild. It smells real bad when warmed up. How and with what do I get underneath and clean it up? Regards, TimothyFC, Fort Walton Beach, Fl. 03/21/2008
#45 of 55 Re: Burned Grease Smell [timothyfc]
Mar 21, 2008 (5:08 pm)
Hmm good question, usually I just let it burn off over time.