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#1 of 50 1995 Legacy making noises
Feb 10, 2007 (3:13 pm)
Have a quick question about a 95' Legacy L wagon with FWD. I bought the car in 2004 with 154,00 miles on it. It's been a good car so far. My only problem has been this strange continuing noise up front on the driver side. I was told it was the front driver side axle. So I had it replaced in 2004. then again 2005. I am starting to think it is something else. I don't travel up hills much, as I know this is hard on those front axles. The noise develops arond 35 Mph very softly, kinda sounds like a blrrrrrr, then changes in sound with engine rpm's. It can only be heard on the driver side. The sound will return around 50mph when the rpm's drop, this is when it becomes quite loud with a blrr poppy sound kind a. At 70mph it really sings. once over 80mph it goes away. the sound is only heard mainly at o to 35 mph then slowly you hear it again at higher speeds. when you let of the pedal it makes a reveresed blrrrrr sound. I recently had it in the shop for a check and no one found anything wrong, even during test drives the mechanic never hears it. only one time did they hear it when I pointed it out. the axle was replaced, but the sound came back almost right away coming of the lot. any ideas ?
#2 of 50 Re: 1995 Legacy making noises [shanelegacy]
Feb 12, 2007 (9:21 am)
I want to say wheel bearings, but the fact that the noise is tied to engine speed throws me off a bit.
The bearings were a common enough problem that I'd have that checked out. Maybe they replaced those when the swapped the axle, though. By the way, I'd do both sides to keep things in balance.
#3 of 50 Re: 1995 Legacy making noises [ateixeira]
Feb 12, 2007 (10:39 am)
My initial thought was wheel bearings as well, but my reservation is that it does not sound like it is behaving like a typical wheel bearing problem. Along the same lines, though, it also does not sound like an CV/axle issue! In fact, unless the CV joint is really bad, the only time you are going to hear any noise at all is when turning sharply, such as in a parking lot.
#4 of 50 Re: 1995 Legacy making noises [xwesx]
Feb 12, 2007 (11:55 am)
I'll agree, doesn't sound like a typical wheel bearing noise. Another thing to check is the nut on the axle end. I had one loosen up on my legacy, and we thought it was a bearing issue, stopped racing it for a few events and when we went to change it, turned out to be the aluminum ring that holds the nut tight, loosened and the nut backed off about 1/4 turn and was causing the noise.
CVs are actually a fairly simple repair, we did a set on a legacy this pas weekend in about 2hrs. Cheap parts too.
#5 of 50 Re: 1995 Legacy making noises [paisan]
Feb 12, 2007 (12:24 pm)
Okay, here I go off topic, but Mike, did you replace just the CV joint or the whole axle assembly? The axle on my 1996 Outback, while simple to replace, was a $209 part. Maybe though, that is partly because I purchased at the local dealer's shop.
I did not consider replacing the joint itself as the local advice at the time (that was pre-Edmunds days for me) was that they are built to be a one-piece unit.
#6 of 50 Re: 1995 Legacy making noises [xwesx]
Feb 12, 2007 (1:15 pm)
As far as I know you can't replace the joint itself. We've only replaced the whole axle/joint assembly. I won't tell you how much they cost from a distributor, you might kill your dealer!
#7 of 50 Re: 1995 Legacy making noises [shanelegacy]
Feb 12, 2007 (1:53 pm)
Ok yes everything hear makes sense. um I'm confused now. How about this, when the car was in for the axle replacement in 05' they also found an engine code that indicated that the third cylinder had a misfire. they cleaned the wire and spark plug and said everything was ok. now I don't seem to have any hesitation or anything like that. the engine and tranny where checked and everything is fine. one think I have noticed is it gets louder on raining and windy days, more noticable. also in weather below 20 degrees no noise is noticed, almost like what is causing this noise is silenced at low temps. weird I know, the weirder thing is no one can find anything wrong. mayb this is a subaru noise and I'm thinking it's abnormal. no other car I have ever driven made this weird strange sound.
confused ? LOL
#8 of 50 Subaru Legacy piston slap
Jul 19, 2007 (10:31 am)
Nov 05, 2006 (7:01 am)
My 02 Legacy wagon was noisy from new. Bad piston slap out of the box so to speak. 27000 kilometres & Lots of whining at the dealer and they finally put in a new short block. I saw inside of motor and beleive me it is DESTRUCTIVE. New motor now has almost the same k's and rattling again. Now out of warranty. I can live with the noise but expect to put another engine in soon. Anyone know of any supplier of better or long skirted pistons to fix the problem for good???
Nov 07, 2006 (7:34 am)
If I read your post correctly you should still have warranty. The power train warranty is 5 years or 100,000 Kilos. You are within that with year 02 and 54K