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Subaru Outback, Auto Repair, Car Warranties, Sedan, Wagon
#140 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [rufus21]
Nov 01, 2011 (8:15 am)
the sway bar broke
I bet it's the end links or bushings. If the sway bar itself is hanging there loosely, broken, I suggest removing them until you get the new one.
I've upgraded sway bars (to a bigger size, not that they broke) and it's just 4 bolts, not a difficult job.
#141 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [thesubaruguru]
Nov 23, 2011 (7:32 pm)
I just got the word that my 99 Outback with 225k miles needs a new driver side wheel bearing, got quoted at about $700 for the repair This seems like a ludicrous price to pay for a fairly quick fix. Could someone tell me, am I getting ripped off, cause it certainly seems like it? Thanks
#142 of 153 2007 subaru wheel bearing problem
Nov 23, 2011 (8:49 pm)
re: 2007 Impreza Sport: Vehicle has about 58,000 miles. While turning left (and only turning left) with a full load (5 people and a little luggage), I heard a pronounced growling from the left rear wheel. It sounded very much like a bad wheel bearing. After reducing the weight load, the sound disappeared and has not recurred. Dealer states that wheel bearings in rear have been inspected and no problems found. Noise was not duplicated by dealer. Could weight load affect performance of bearing? Could weight load expose a bearing failure which should be expected in the future? Any thoughts? Thanks.
#143 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [longo2]
Nov 23, 2011 (9:03 pm)
I currently own four Subarus for myself, wife and children. I had two more Subarus previously. I come from an era when Jeeps had incredible numbers of quality problems, AMC cars were junk, etc. No car is perfect. The Nissan Quest at one time had serious engine problems and the I also had a Honda Odyssey with a transmission that started to fail for the SECOND time at 135,000. My 1998 Legacy outback, like many, had an oil gasket problem and the brakes were too indistinct with too much pedal travel but those problems were corrected in subsequent years. All four struts went bad in the 1998 at about 160,000 miles but I have not had the same problem with the later cars. I still regard the Legacys made over the past ten years as just as well made and well engineered as any Honda or Toyota, and better than a Mercedes considering its recent problems. My family currently drives an 05 Legacy Outback, an 07 Impreza Sport, an 09 Impreza Sport and an 11 Legacy Sedan and all are driven a lot. I only recently started to suspect a possible wheel bearing problem in the 07. Realistically, the problems with these cars have been inconsequential to non-existent, and I have particularly enjoyed driving the Legacys.
#144 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [garyg1054]
Nov 25, 2011 (11:11 am)
160,000 on struts?! That's impressive. I replaced the struts on my '96 Outback at 155K and they were shot - I mean totally useless. 100,000 miles is about all you'd ever want to put on struts before performance will noticeably tank. As strut performance deteriorates, not only will the ride become harsher, but the amount of wear and tear on other suspension components (such as ball joints, bearings, tie rods) will increase proportionally.
#145 of 153 Re: 2007 subaru wheel bearing problem [garyg1054]
Nov 25, 2011 (11:19 am)
Possibly, but as a rear wheel, I am surprised that you would only hear it when turning left. That wheel has the least amount of weight on it in that scenario. Were it the right wheel in a left turn, I can see it only manifesting at that time due to the combination of weight and force.
If you put the car up on a jack stand and cannot get any wiggle out of the wheel when you test for bearing wear, I doubt it is the source of your problem. It could also be a differential or rubbing problem. Usually when you get to the "growling" phase, the bearing is fairly far gone.
#146 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [newsubiowner]
Nov 25, 2011 (2:27 pm)
"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".
So says the subaruguru on this forum....best guess, you ARE getting a rip off quote.
#147 of 153 Re: wheel bearing failures [paisan]
Apr 22, 2012 (4:22 pm)
Have road noise, suspect wheel bearing/s. Got 4 wheels off ground, no play, but one seems to have more drag. Bad bearing or is drag coming from elsewhere in the driveline>?
#148 of 153 Re: wheel bearing failures [afahlgren]
Apr 23, 2012 (7:37 am)
If one is different than the rest, that pretty much points to that particular bearing.
#149 of 153 98 subaru legacy outback whinning rubbing noise coming from front end
Jun 02, 2012 (11:08 am)
i have 1998 subaru legacy outback.i love this car but after years of standard maintance.things have gone bad for her the last couple of years.3 exaust breaks.and now i beleive its losing the wheel bearings.called napa for bearings and seals 105 for front bearings and seals but have to take the front spindle off since there pressed in,broke three bolts off last year changieng brakes around it. has me a little leary of taking this on myself.but on the account not much money these days fraid im going to have to.any advice is helpfull need a puller to swperate the shaft and spindle any body know what size of jaw puller this is?