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#127 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [emuntz]
Aug 15, 2011 (3:02 pm)
the new wheel berrings need to be de greased and repacked with high temp disc break gresse like (crc) or stay-lube part # sl3161 this is what i use on my subarus and i only repack the berrings every 90,000 to 120,000 miles since i have used this grease i have had no wheel bearing falure at all so try it , i do belive you will find out the factory bearings come with packing like grease but its not designed for usage it only ment for it to sit on shelfs so it wount rust , i have been using this grease for 12 years on all 4 of my subarus including my 2 outbacks 07,10 it works great ,
#128 of 153 1999 Subaru Outback rear bearing failure
Aug 22, 2011 (3:02 pm)
At 227,000 miles my left front bearing needs replacing, my mechanic said. It started out as a scraping sound like brakes needed to be replaced or like something was being dragged under the car. It got louder when I turned left. Don't have the money to replace it until 10 days from now. The mechanic said that could be dangerous and to only drive it on the back roads and not on the freeway.
The mechanic said cost $250. Lived in San Fransisco Bay area for the first 2 years. Then moved to Foothills (country) of Sierra Mountains. It has been great in snow. I have had very good luck with it. Just regular maintenance, oil and brake change etc. The original odometer went out at around 100,000 miles, just before we drove throughout Mexico.
2 years ago, had white light "check engine" come on and so failed smog test. Had that repaired,the catalytic converter.This year had the head gaskets replaced and the alternator.
Even though things are starting to wear out now, I don't think that is too bad for having almost 230,000 miles on it. It is just starting now to give me trouble.
#129 of 153 Re: 1999 Subaru Outback rear bearing failure [rufus21]
Aug 22, 2011 (4:00 pm)
That sounds pretty good!
The nice thing about wheel bearing failures is that they warn you ahead of time. The bad part is that when they finally fail, your car isn't going anywhere.... I've had it both ways.
#131 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [dlanning]
Oct 09, 2011 (8:36 am)
Been lurking on this forum for a few days and thought I would note your last post as one of the best pieces of advice a Subi owner could get on the constant wheel bearing issues a lot seem to be having.
It's like a few posters who have had "gas smell" in their cars that no one can find out why....until one poster pointed out a difficult to find weak clamp on a gas line that simply tightening up, will fix the problem.
I've been serioulsy thinking of getting a used Subi for a winter vehicle, but keep finding outraged Subi owners posting that they will NEVER buy another one. Of course as on any forum there are the usuall Fanboys, who would buy again even if it had 3 wheels and a garbage can for a seat.
Posts like yours make me more confident that good Subi mechanics and long term owners have sorted out what seem like fatal defects and suggest simple but effective fixes.
Now if there was a simple fix to my horrible Honda Odyssey a/t tranny issues!
#132 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [longo2]
Oct 13, 2011 (6:08 pm)
Sorry! I've heard about those horrible Odyssey trannies too....
dlanning may have forgotten that the 2005+ Subies use sealed bearing hub assemblies that are permanently lubricated upon manufacture. There isn't even a way to "repack" them! However it's a good idea to lube mating surfaces carefully so that no excess torque is applied when mounting a new one in order to prevent crushing it.
These assemblies are otherwise extremely easy to mount, total time being 30-40 min per corner. Fair cost is then $60-120 for the bearing hub ass'y and $50-80 for labor. Thus at less than $200 per corner it's difficult to countenance complaints of expensive repair requirements.
But the rear struts in the modern Subies are "soft" too. But again, nice KYB GR2 replacements wholesale for only $59 and take 30-45min to install. Annoying, but hardly exorbitant.
The real problem lies in the plethora of overcharging rampant in the industry right now, wherein I'm seeing estimates 2-4x the above!
It serves one to remember that AWD vehicles, having TWO driven axles, are apt to have twice as many wheel bearing issues as simpler FWD or RWD cousins.
Nonetheless I'm getting sick of having to replace so many RWBs this year on 2005-2008 OBs I service....
#133 of 153 Re: Subaru disappointment [mike1957]
Oct 26, 2011 (12:55 pm)
Feeling quite the same way. I had always trusted Subaru, and always recommended it to everyone. I have a 2008, with 39,000 miles, and the front hub bearing went. That is totally ridiculous, even IF the car had seen a lot of tough miles (which it has not)!
#134 of 153 2012 Cabin Noise Issue/ur-ur sound
Oct 28, 2011 (7:54 pm)
Any on else experiencing excessive noise sounding like "ur-ur" regularly and clanging once in a while? This all started after aprox 150 miles on the car.
#135 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [thesubaruguru]
Oct 28, 2011 (10:03 pm)
"Nonetheless I'm getting sick of having to replace so many RWBs this year on 2005-2008 OBs I service.... "
I have noticed that a big Subie re-seller in Co. lists the things that have been done to their used ones for sale and just about all of the ones with 95 to 120,000 miles have had either one or both "Front axles" replaced, head gaskets, and brake jobs.
Either the local Subies are being beaten to death by enthusiasts or there is something seriously wrong with that brands reliability. Knowing that the vehicles will be used off road, I would think they would be built pretty much indestructable for normal use.
In your opinion, what are the older, (affordable) best years to be shopping for in an Outback 2.5 a/t?
Thanks in advance...
#136 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [longo2]
Oct 31, 2011 (8:45 am)
A wheel bearing is a fairly minor problem to have. At least we're not complaining about head gaskets like we used to, or transmissions like some other brands' threads.