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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
#12 of 21 Re: noise form differential [jspk]
Aug 19, 2009 (10:28 am)
It is really difficult to determine what you tried to say in your post. However, to what dipstick are you referring? The front differential? Change the oil and see how much metal is in there... you might need to replace it, but take it one step at a time. After all, at this point, it might be correctable (or at least delay-able).
#13 of 21 Re: noise form differential [xwesx]
Aug 20, 2009 (5:36 am)
the oil was changed in the differential and the metal filings were on the diff. dipstick, after new oil was put in. now the noise has increased. i thought about disconnecting drive shaft to see if noise changes or goes away that way. then i would know for sure if its in the front or back.
#14 of 21 Re: noise form differential [jspk]
Aug 20, 2009 (8:27 am)
Disconnecting the driveshaft is a good way to isolate it, but if you are getting that much metal in the front differential, that is most likely the source. And, if it is shaving that rapidly, it probably will not last much longer.
Aug 22, 2009 (1:15 pm)
my 97 legacy outback lost its turn signals& emergency flashers.fuses are both good.Any suggestions?
#16 of 21 Re: hoppy1961 [hoppy1961]
Aug 23, 2009 (10:19 pm)
Do the signal lights come on when you engage either switch? If so, the flasher has likely quit. If not, I am not sure....
#17 of 21 Re: noise form differential [xwesx]
Aug 24, 2009 (9:26 am)
thanks for the info. any idea on what a new front diff. would cost, or do you know what model and year would interchange with my 97 leg.outback wagon awl drive autom.
#18 of 21 Re: noise form differential [jspk]
Aug 24, 2009 (10:34 am)
Well, there's the problem. If I recall correctly, the front differential and the transmission/center differential share the same housing. Therefore, the unit must be replaced together or the front differential rebuilt. (The unit is referred to as a "transaxle.")
You could probably replace the unit with something from 95, 96, 97, or 98 without any problems. The '99 was changed slightly from previous units, but that year has (based on empirical evidence) some issues with transmission reliability, so you should probably stick to the earlier years.
New, I think these units are about $5,000, but used you could probably find one for between 500-1000, and rebuilt are probably somewhere in the middle, about $2500.
#19 of 21 Re: noise form differential [xwesx]
Aug 26, 2009 (9:48 am)
thank you for the info.my search begins!
#20 of 21 AWD/Trans. Subaru
Jul 11, 2011 (8:46 am)
I have a 1998 Subaru Legacy with a 2.5 liter 5 speed manual trans. When in reverse and backing up and turning the car binds up and rolls to an abrupt stop. The clutch is new and just replaced the viscous coupler but that did not solve problem. Any ideas?
#21 of 21 Re: AWD/Trans. Subaru [hank48]
Oct 01, 2011 (12:52 pm)
I'm having the same trouble. What did you find?