Last post on Mar 02, 2010 at 12:31 PM
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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Sedan, Wagon
#3 of 8 Re: 99 Subaru Outback front end issues [angiea]
Sep 22, 2009 (6:46 am)
I'll suggest something even simpler - make sure the tires themselves are not rubbing anywhere in the fender liners.
Look at the fender liners themselves to see if there is any wear.
I had that on my 93 Miata, but the car had been hit twice, so my guess it the body shop didn't put the fender liner is precisely the correct location.
#4 of 8 Re: 99 Subaru Outback front end issues [xwesx]
Sep 24, 2009 (4:29 pm)
Thankyou xwesx. The little rubber squeaks are present when the car is going very slow, especially when I first start out; both in forward and reverse. I don't know if the sounds continue as I speed up or not because they are so soft I cannot necessarily hear them over the other car sounds. I don't notice them being associated with bumps. I will ask the mechanic about greasing the bushings.
As for the grabbing, I only notice it when I turn right, and mostly after the car has been sitting idle, like when I pull out of my parking place.
New noise; I am now getting the little twirpy sqeak noises like brakes give off. The noise stops when I push on the brake peddle. However, my brakes are relatively new and should not need replacing. Could the work on my wheel and axle have affected my brake on that side?
#5 of 8 Re: 99 Subaru Outback front end issues [angiea]
Mar 01, 2010 (5:08 pm)
I was wondering if you ever solved the issue. I too have had numerous and costly repairs to my 2000 outback. cv joints axles, even a drive shaft, and bearings on both sides. The last repair 2 weeks ago and now it is , again, undrivable because of the violent wheel jerks while driving ant any speed. Most repairs done my a subaru dealer, so I really am losing faith. Only 140,000 miles and over $5K spent since last April.
#6 of 8 Re: 99 Subaru Outback front end issues [atlgriffin]
Mar 01, 2010 (6:37 pm)
Yours really does sound like a differential issue; if so, though, I have to wonder why a dealer would not have caught it the first time! Symptoms for bearings and axles (CV joints) are very specific, like what angiea noted in the original post, and "grabbing" is definitely not one of them.
#7 of 8 Re: 99 Subaru Outback front end issues [angiea]
Mar 01, 2010 (6:42 pm)
Twirpy squeaks that go away when hitting the brakes. Sounds like this may be the beginning of a failed ball joint. Any reputable shop should be able to easily diagnose the health of the ball joints. Replacement of ball joints is a fairly simple procedure, but does require specialized tools. I apologize for not replying earlier - I went down to Seattle on 9/24 to pick up my new Forester and missed many days of posts.
#8 of 8 Re: 99 Subaru Outback front end issues [atlgriffin]
Mar 02, 2010 (12:31 pm)
Yes, I think I may have resolved the 99 Outback issue. Review: I went to a regular garage, not to the dealership. They replaced my right front drive shaft and cv joint, then a month or so later they replaced my right wheel bearing and supports. The squeaky brake syndrome they said was just a noisy brake...they switched it, complimentary. What really, finally, seemed to make the last big difference was new tires. My right two tires were worn, but my left two were fine (I think I got the sides right, anyway). When I drove out of the tire shop with my new tires, it made a very big difference, it seemed. Things felt right, noises ceased, and I've not had a problem since. Knock on wood.