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Subaru Outback, Auto Repair, Car Warranties, Sedan, Wagon
#100 of 153 Re: Wheelbearing problems [graycew]
Feb 11, 2010 (10:18 am)
For Foresters, Subaru recommended replacing the wheel bearings with similar parts from the Legacy, which were heavier duty. You should try the same, I bet they'll fit.
I'm surprised your mechanic wasn't aware of that, or what it a Subaru dealer? Maybe they wanted you to keep coming back, if so shame on them.
#101 of 153 Re: Wheelbearing problems [graycew]
Feb 23, 2010 (8:39 am)
Hi - I've got a 2005 Legacy wagon that I bought last year at 95 km, now 112. Just found out the front bearings need replacing. Not surprised - I had been hearing a fairly loud hum that I thought was the tires combined with AWD (my first AWD vehicle). Don't know if first owner was hard on it or what, or if that can possibly make a difference with bearings. It was a lease though. I'll be forking out $720 for the two at dealer (Toronto).
#102 of 153 Re: Wheelbearing problems [gt40mk2]
Feb 23, 2010 (1:53 pm)
I guess you're past the powertrain warranty?
#103 of 153 Steering problum (chunking noise)
Mar 11, 2010 (4:29 am)
My 2003 Baja makes a loud popping or chunking noise whenever I turn hard at low speeds (e.g. pulling out of a parking space). Had both CV axles replaced...not the problem. This happens when turning either right or left...any ideas?
[Manual transmission...vehicle excellent other than above problem.]
#104 of 153 Re: Steering problum (chunking noise) [ahmbdm]
Mar 11, 2010 (9:18 am)
If the CV joints made no difference, it is likely a differential. Can you tell the approximate location of the noise? I suspect either a front or center differential, neither of which are cheap to fix. Basically, the sound is caused by binding in the differential that is not properly released. If you try turning sharply on a heavily graveled surface, you should be able to see one or more wheels spin out on the gravel to release the pressure rather than getting the clunk/pop noises. Or, you might get both, but with the clunk/pop less frequent and/or severe.
#105 of 153 Re: Steering problum (chunking noise) [ahmbdm]
Mar 11, 2010 (9:29 am)
Also check the wheel bearings. They'd be under stress at full steering lock.
#106 of 153 Re: Steering problum (chunking noise) [ateixeira]
Mar 12, 2010 (6:40 am)
Thought I'd add my two cents:
While I was getting my car serviced last week, I overheard another customer and the service representative talking about Legacy (and Outback since they're essentially the same chassis) having complimentary extended maintenance on the wheel bearings because of a TSB or something along these lines that surfaced. So, the customer was happy because he got it replaced free of charge.
As for a clunking sound, I don't have a lot of experience with AWD vehicles as this is my first, but I know that when a family member's previous car made a high pitched squeal when the power steering fluid went low. I suppose as the car warmed up and the fluid expanded (via thermal expansion) it covered more of the parts, which is why it went away after the car warmed up. A later inspection showed that the power steering reservoir/hoses had a leak so they were replaced and the problem was fixed. Could be worth checking out.
#107 of 153 Re: Wheelbearing problems [graycew]
May 09, 2010 (10:20 am)
I have a 2000 Outback Sport Impreza and I seem to be having the same problems. My car only has 71,000 on it, but I have gone through 3 bearings, just this year. Did you get any answers on why this is happening or how it can't be prevented? Thanks!
#108 of 153 Subaru Legacy/Outback Wheel bearing failure
May 09, 2010 (3:19 pm)
My 2003 Baja (manual trans), at approx 85,000 miles, sustained a failure of the viscous clutch (at the center diff)...transmission was fine...NOT wheel bearings, but was told nevertheless that this should not happen with so few miles on vehicle.
Symptoms were chunking noise when turning steering wheel hard (as in parking), particularly after vehicle had warmed up thoroughly.
#109 of 153 Re: Wheelbearing problems [meadow]
May 10, 2010 (7:45 am)
I think in 2002 the Impreza switched to sealed-type bearings.
For yours, I believe the fix is to have Legacy bearings installed, which are a bit heavier duty.