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Old 06-10-2006, 11:38 PM   #1
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hey guys, i remember reading somewhere about a common rear wheel bearing problem with certain impreza's. Well I just had both of my rear wheel bearings replaced about 6 months ago. They had also been replaced a few years previous (from looking at the previous owners records). Well 6 months later they are starting to make noise again, or at least i'm quite certain its the bearings due to the noise they made before and now. The car in question is a 97 impreza outback sport, 5spd. for the life of me I cannot find any threads related to notorious rear wheel bearing problems like i remember reading about when Mine were making noise before, so please excuse the post (i did search quite extensivly).

Heres another interesting tidbit that i'd like opinions on. The shop (to which I will never return) that I had do the bearings previously (i dont have a press otherwise i would have done them myself) neglected to tighten/install the nut on the bolt that holds the lateral links to the spindle and needless to say it was not there (the nut, the bolt was there) when the subaru dealership had a look at the car a month or so later. For about a month or two I drove with the car like this and it had an odd pulling sensation to it, because the wheel was wobbling back and forth the whole time . Personally i would think this might cause a bearing to start wearing faster, and if that is the case rest assured i will be taking it up with this shop. Especially considering that their neglect tore up a couple of the lateral link bushings and they all but refused to replace it, and still charged me for an alignment when it was their neglect that caused it in the first place.

Basically i've been searching the forums all day long to get some ammo for when I got back into the shop and make a scene . If this is just some notorious problem my impreza has then what do I need to do to remedy it? it just started making noise again the past couple days, luckily i didn't sell it to a guy i know because he would have bought it before i even noticed anything was wrong and that would have been a terribly sticky situation at that point...

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Old 06-11-2006, 05:23 PM   #2
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Old 06-11-2006, 08:43 PM   #4
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i kind of found a little info on that, what i was thinking of was more of a problem AROUND the bearings causing them to wear out faster, but maybe i just manifested this problem in my head and overtime changed it into something else? i dunno :P...

either way i wanna know what other people think about that through bolt that holds the lateral links to the spindle, whether or not that side-to-side motion could really cause the bearing to wear out that much faster...

thanks for the link though, that is probably what i was remembering...
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