Last post on Mar 02, 2010 at 12:31 PM
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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Sedan, Wagon
#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.