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Old 04-29-2012, 09:47 PM   #1
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Question HELP! 06 STi making binding noise with tight turns, low speed (see linked video)

06 STi is making an odd noise when taking tight turns at lower speeds. First noticed when pulling in and out of parking stalls. It happens both in forward and reverse and both right and left. Checked all the basics and couldn't find anything with wheel bearings, axles, drive shaft, dust shields, etc. We tried cleaning the ABS wheel speed sensors with no change.

Please see this linked video. This is not my video but it's the exact same noise.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:11 PM   #2
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First you could start by wearing shorts that don't suck. lol

Second I'd check out your exhaust. Sounds like it's rubbing and that's making the noise.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:12 PM   #3
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First you could start by wearing shorts that don't suck. lol

Second I'd check out your exhaust. Sounds like it's rubbing and that's making the noise.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:31 PM   #4
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Again, it's not my video; stole it from youtube. it's not the exhaust.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:37 PM   #5
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You beat the hell out of your car?
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:02 PM   #6
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nope.. it's my wife's daily driver.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:15 PM   #7
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Time to buy a trans.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:29 PM   #8
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Nice guess. Anyone else out there?
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:32 PM   #9
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Nice guess. Anyone else out there?
You post a video of someone else's car making a noise. What kind of help do you expect? Stop being a cheap ass and take it to a dealer for diagnostics. Clearly you're not qualified.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:37 PM   #10
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Its the same noise that my car is making. If your not going to be of any help why are you posting.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:38 AM   #11
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My 06 makes the exact same sound. There are a number of threads about this if you search for differential binding, or center diff issues. It's a load groaning sound. Some times it's the wheel speed sensors confusing the DCCD. Sometimes it's the steering angle sensor. Sometimes it's the center diff binding "normally". Sometimes it's the center diff choking on itself on the verge of death.

Try this, put the DCCD in manual and put the bias all to the rear. It should decrease the sound significantly.

I've taken my car to the dealer 3 times for the issue. One time they said they'd never heard it before on any STi but that it was normal. They replaced the tranny/diff fluid to no avail. The next time they replaced the DCCD controller because they couldn't find any errors with speed or angle sensors. The third time they just threw up their hands and said it's normal.

It's on the books 3 times for me now so I'm just waiting for it to break.

It's definitely not normal because not all STis do it. I think it's especially prevalent in 06s and sometimes 07s. I think there was a diff change around that time. From the dozens of threads I've read it starts happening between 20-25k miles and stays. I'm at 55k now and it's been doing it for 30k. If definitely did NOT do it the first 20k miles.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:49 AM   #12
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Its the same noise that my car is making. If your not going to be of any help why are you posting.
Bride you want a direct answer and no one has one. Either reign your searching skills or take it somewhere to be diagnosed. Chances are your diff is bad. Then what are you going to do? Bitch about it in this thread or take it somewhere to get fixed? So why bother wasting everyones time and take it to a shop.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:55 PM   #13
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Thanks fizzyl I will let you know if i find out what the cause is. Thanks for your input.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:31 PM   #14
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Took a look at the car today after work. Looks like i will be needing a new center differential. Called Subaru and they said it would be $2,400 for the part.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:59 PM   #15
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Had this in my 05sti and it is starting now in my 07 STI try adding a friction modifier to your trans cocktail.

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Old 05-01-2012, 10:12 PM   #17
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I Think i have it figured out. So i replaced the clutch about a month ago and everything was fine then about two weeks after the clutch replacement the noise started. Everyone said to use any 75-w90 and not to worry since the DCCD is a sealed unit. So i used mobile 1 75w-90 that i had at work. Now i find out that the DCCD is not actualy a fully sealed unit and that the clutches do see the trans fluid. I will be replacing the transmission fluid this weekend with the Subaru extra s fluid. Ill let you know if it makes a difference. Dident even think about the fluid till now.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:05 PM   #18
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Replaced the trans fluid with the subaru extra s fluid and the noise is gone!
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Supraru is mad at life. what a tool. I have a 04 sti and makes this noise in reverse especially when in reverse,uphill,and turning all in the same motion. It all like CLANK CLICK CLANK. Sounded like CV joints at first but its only in reverse.
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:44 PM   #20
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Supraru is mad at life. what a tool. I have a 04 sti and makes this noise in reverse especially when in reverse,uphill,and turning all in the same motion. It all like CLANK CLICK CLANK. Sounded like CV joints at first but its only in reverse.
Newbs are tools, just like you.
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:24 PM   #21
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I guess some people need a forum to gain respect.
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:32 PM   #22
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Can't stand cry babies that have nothing better to do but anyways, my WRX was making a similar noise and it ended up being the strut tower bar nut that was rubbing with the strut bar. My be worth looking at if you have one. Just added an extra washer and noise gone. I could have sworn the noise was coming from underneath.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:16 PM   #23
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I dont have a bar. I have tried keeping my car stock. But all these performance/aftermarket parts are cheaper now than 2004. Feels like its time to do some work.
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