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Old 04-19-2001, 05:26 PM   #1
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Ok,
Granted I just got the car so let the onslaught begin, but here's my deal.

I just recently purchased a '99 rs with 12900 miles (no snow/no rain). I found a few bothersome things and can't seem to figure out if its just the way it is or if something is the matter.

1. At around 45mph the car develops a whistle from wind and it appearrs to come from the right passenger side (maybe the middle?) All hatches and seals are tight. It is still there when I open the windows?

2. The center 2 vents are nice, but is the center driver's side vent suppost to be 1/4 as powerful as the center passenger's side vent?

3. Right rear wheel has started to make a wirring noise at about 60-65mph. Bad wheel bearing? Car came with aftermarket sway bar. Will that cause a problem with warranty on a wheel baring?

4. Going up my friends steep (i mean steep) drive way, I pull in very carefully as to not scrape the front of the car. As soon as I get a front wheel up, one of the rear come off the ground. Stiff suspension (sway bar?) or just something stuck. Harm done?

I have a feeling the car just wasn't driven enough... Yet. (12,900 in 3 years, 1500 last week)

So where does that put me. Idiot seat or taking it to the dealer under warranty?

Thanks much!

Thanks for input.
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Old 04-19-2001, 05:34 PM   #2
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Ok whislte noise from mirrors---normal.

whirring noise, scoobs are known for wheel bearings--warrenty, sway bar will not void it.

Make sure the thumbwheel on the side of the vent is at full open. If not warrenty.

As for a wheel comming off the ground! crap how steep is the drivway? No wheel should come off the ground, the sway bar will have not affect on this.

Welcome aboard, any more q's feel free to ask. Good luck with your RS. Youll learn alot here, and gladly be forking of your wallet in the near future for mods.

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Old 04-19-2001, 05:44 PM   #3
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1.) I have heard the whistling is from the side mirrors.
The others.....I have no idea. They will probably make you pay a small fee to change over the warranty too.
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Old 04-19-2001, 05:46 PM   #4
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He beat me to the mirror thing....btw, mine do not whistle, but my back window will sing like there is no tommarow!
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Old 04-19-2001, 05:50 PM   #5
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i think the vent thing is by design. If you close the middle vents to say 50% im pretty sure the full pressure reaches the side vents and the power increases. Put your hand over the side vent and close the middle and you'll feel it.
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Old 04-19-2001, 06:42 PM   #6
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That vent thing is normal, so don't worry...I thought there was a problem with mine, too, and took it to the dealer to look at it. They looked at some other RSes on the lot (same thing happens), and took my dash apart just to make sure (no blockage), so it's normal on them, and they told me not to worry about it, so no worries
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Old 04-19-2001, 07:11 PM   #7
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My left front wheel sometimes makes a whining noise consistant with speed (slows down when I slow down, etc). I can't tell if it is the brakes or the wheel bearing. It went away after a 4 hour 80mph trip and then came back when I washed my car and used brake cleaner on the brakes.

Any ideas?

I've had this for about 9k miles (well before I put the metal master pads on). The dealer refuses to diagnose, saying "Oh all subarus have squeaky brakes that's just a flaw in the design"

And yes, exact quote. I'm not sure how the brakes can be squeaky without having the pedal applied, unless they are rubbing which I know the stock pads did not do.
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Old 04-19-2001, 07:19 PM   #8
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Regarding the rear wheel lifting off the ground...
It's kinda hard to diagnose without seeing/being there, but I would think that it is normal if the driveway is that steep and you enter at an angle. The same would happen if you enter a steep downslope (from level ground) at an angle.
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Old 04-19-2001, 07:30 PM   #9
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about the whistle in 1), did the car come with aftermarket short shifter?
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Old 04-19-2001, 07:34 PM   #10
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Couldnt the whistle noise be from an misaligned window glass being to far out? Mine was actually so tight it bent some parts up--warranty fix. I actually had to get the dealership guy in the car and put the window down and let it go up and mark the glass at the sill and then open the door and watch it pop up almost a inch.

The vents sound normal and the driveway.
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Old 04-20-2001, 09:32 AM   #11
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With that low of mileage I hope you didn't get a car where someone at sometime reset the digital display on the odometer.Just a thought on a three year old car.
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Old 04-20-2001, 10:08 AM   #12
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One more thought on the whistling...

I noticed mine had a whistle coming from the right side as well. I couldn't figure out what it was, until I turned on the windshield wipers. It went away while they were moving, then came right back when they came back. And it only happened at 70-75mph.
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Old 04-20-2001, 10:39 AM   #13
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I have a '99 too. After I put my 20mm sway bar on I noticed the same thing happens when I enter my driveway at an angle which also has a very steep entrance.

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Old 04-20-2001, 10:53 AM   #14
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on the rear wheel bearing being bad, here is a test: (hopefully at a lower speed)
when you car hear the wirring noise, try swerving left and right several times(changing the load on the bearing). the noise should change intensity. then it is probably a bearing wearing out. The swerving doesn't have to be to severe, you should be able to stay in your lane.

As for the tire leaving the ground, that is pretty common on a steep drive way.

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Old 04-20-2001, 10:57 AM   #15
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The lifting of the wheel is normal. I have an aftermarket sway bar and when I drove through the Land Rover test track, over the twist section (uphill and slanting to the side at the same time), it lifted the wheel very easily. Other examples - take a look at the picture on the header of my site - http://8compex.mwic.org
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Old 04-20-2001, 11:11 AM   #16
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When you put a larger rear sway bar on a car you are decreasing the amount that the suspension can articulate.

This is why rock-crawling jeeps and other trucks have sway bar disconnects. This is also the reason why I really don't want to get a larger bar for the back of my Outback. I want the ALK but that is not STS legal.

This dude looks like he has his rear bar still connected <img src=http://www.offroaders.com/images/readers/brown/rb9-l.jpg>

This dude most likely has them undone:
<img src=http://www.bc4x4.com/tr/1998/gvi/gvi14.jpg>

Sorry I couldn't find better pics.
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Old 04-21-2001, 08:36 AM   #17
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I had a bad wheel berring. Like a wind tunnel in the back of my car. 30,000mile 3 year warranty. My center driver's side vent does the same thing so I put a soda can in the cup holder. Seems to work a little better now. Like everyone else said the whistling is normal. Also get your rear pinion seal checked too. I heard of that going bad often and GreaseMonkey told me I had a minor leak from it last week. I also need a new clutch.
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