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Old 11-05-2001, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default Bad Wheel Bearings on '98 Forester s?

Has anyone had the wheel bearings on their Forester serviced? What were the circumstances and outcome?

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Old 11-05-2001, 08:12 PM   #2
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Do a search in the Forester Forum. There was a thread about this about 4-6 months ago regarding the bearings. It is sort of common. Takes alot of bitching to the SOA and your local service people to get it taken care of. I think the consensus was to ddemand the Outback bearings, since they are more H/D and are a perfect retrofit.
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Old 11-06-2001, 01:27 PM   #3
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Old 11-06-2001, 01:57 PM   #4
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A friend of mine had his bearings replaced under warranty several times. All it took was a trip to the dealer and telling them about the noise.

Apparently, the bearings are very sensitive to proper installation. A lot of dealers were installing them wrong causing more failures. I think SOA has fixed that with a tech bulliten by now.

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Old 11-07-2001, 09:00 AM   #5
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Yep. That's been confirmed in my research as well. I'll be ready for Pilgrim Subaru tomorrow.

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Old 11-07-2001, 10:42 AM   #6
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Ask them to double-check the torque specs. If they overtighten it, it will just happen again.

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Old 11-08-2001, 09:02 AM   #7
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My wife's Forester has a funny burning smell coming from the passenger side wheel lately. I replaced the brake pads. Could it ba a bearing problem?
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Old 11-08-2001, 11:34 AM   #8
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Well, got the word back from the dealer. He doesn't think it's the wheel bearing. He put the stethoscope to it and heard nothing evil. Also, confirmed that there is little to no play in the bearing. I know it's not my imagination, there is a very distinct gear noise that tracks with speed. What could it be? The only thing I did was change pads all around about a month and a half ago.

AWMIII, did you get any anti-squeal grease on the rotor side of the pad? Did you bleed the system? Did you spray the moving parts (calipers, springs etc.) with brake system cleaner and not a petro based lube?

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I did not bleed the brakeswhen I changed the pads. I changed the pads because of the smell so I sure it was nothing that I did. I will check for play in the bearings.
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Can you describe the noise a little more? You mentioned a "gear" noise -- I wonder if you're refering to transmission whine?

Did the dealer hear what you were talking about or just zoom right into checking out the wheel bearing? If they're good, they should be checking out all possibilities of the noise.

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