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Old 03-18-2013, 09:11 AM   #351
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i know im pretty late with this but i just bout a 02 WRX and i think my arms are also rotten . Can i still contact the dealer about this and have them changed for free also?? PM me ASAP before i go spend alot of money on their behalf lol
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:07 AM   #352
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i know im pretty late with this but i just bout a 02 WRX and i think my arms are also rotten . Can i still contact the dealer about this and have them changed for free also?? PM me ASAP before i go spend alot of money on their behalf lol
First learn how to type. Second if your typing has any indication on your perception of what is good or not then call the dealer and have your vin ready and ask them if its been performed yet. If not take it in. They will let you know if it needs replacement or not.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:01 PM   #353
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i know im pretty late with this but i just bout a 02 WRX and i think my arms are also rotten . Can i still contact the dealer about this and have them changed for free also?? PM me ASAP before i go spend alot of money on their behalf lol
ginuraly, safety, compliants, and emishuns recalls donot have and expatriation date.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:05 PM   #354
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ginuraly, safety, compliants, and emishuns recalls donot have and expatriation date.
little early for the bottle?

edit: eh i guess it is after 12.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:11 PM   #355
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isnt this the thing that broke on hammond's car in Top Gear?
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:19 AM   #356
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isnt this the thing that broke on hammond's car in Top Gear?
I think it was part of the steering linkage.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:12 AM   #357
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I think it was part of the steering linkage.
It was the lower control arm. Don't know if the recall applies, but it is most likely this issue. You could see the rust on that metal.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:31 PM   #358
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Default So mine failed while going 40 mph what should I do?

So apparently weld rusted and crack on my front left control arm. I was unaware of this potential problem untill the other day I was taking a left turn and hit a pot hole going about 40 mph when the control arm failed and crippled causing me loose a wheel two tires my fenders badly smashed, dent in the door and a bent inner tie rod. Anyone have any suggestions on maybe getting Subaru to ix or replace these parts?
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:59 PM   #359
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So apparently weld rusted and crack on my front left control arm. I was unaware of this potential problem untill the other day I was taking a left turn and hit a pot hole going about 40 mph when the control arm failed and crippled causing me loose a wheel two tires my fenders badly smashed, dent in the door and a bent inner tie rod. Anyone have any suggestions on maybe getting Subaru to ix or replace these parts?
Yeah, you should have gotten it taken care of almost two years ago when the recall came out.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:26 PM   #360
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You might be able to file an insurance claim.
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:04 AM   #361
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Copy of my post in another thread...

Just wanted to share my recall experience with everyone...

The dealership looked at my car in September 2012 at about 125k miles. My control arms passed the punch test and they were "rust proofed" supposedly.

Fast forward to November 2013...

I'm pulling off the passenger side knuckle to change the wheel bearing and I noticed some "bubbly" metal on the control arm. I touch it and my finger pokes right through. I promptly called my local Subaru dealership and scheduled an appointment. I was concerned they wouldn't remedy the issue because the recall had technically been taken care of. They said they would call SOA and find out what to do. After having my car for a day they didn't have an answer. The next morning, they called me to say they would replace the control arms at no cost. They also did an alignment at no cost as well.

So, if anyone has had this recall done already, only to find out later that your control arms are rusted through, you should be able to get them replaced at no cost still.
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:20 AM   #362
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Copy of my post in another thread... Just wanted to share my recall experience with everyone... The dealership looked at my car in September 2012 at about 125k miles. My control arms passed the punch test and they were "rust proofed" supposedly. Fast forward to November 2013... I'm pulling off the passenger side knuckle to change the wheel bearing and I noticed some "bubbly" metal on the control arm. I touch it and my finger pokes right through. I promptly called my local Subaru dealership and scheduled an appointment. I was concerned they wouldn't remedy the issue because the recall had technically been taken care of. They said they would call SOA and find out what to do. After having my car for a day they didn't have an answer. The next morning, they called me to say they would replace the control arms at no cost. They also did an alignment at no cost as well. So, if anyone has had this recall done already, only to find out later that your control arms are rusted through, you should be able to get them replaced at no cost still.
Glad they are still standing behind it.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:12 AM   #363
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Good to hear that Subaru is going to replace it. I had mine done last winter and when I went to put on my winter wheels, I noticed one looked pretty darn rusty with the flake you are talking about. It was still solid though but no way their "treatment" will be stopping the rusting process.
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:33 PM   #364
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The next morning, they called me to say they would replace the control arms at no cost. They also did an alignment at no cost as well..
I had mine replaced early this year, just FYI for anyone else they do not replace the bushings nor the ball joints in this process. One of my ball joints starting knocking badly soon after, which isn't surprising given they probably had to put some hurt on the ball joint to get it out of the old arm.

They also told me they did an alignment, which I was skeptical of. A proper shop fixed the mess they left me with a few days later, so IMO get an alignment done elsewhere.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:18 PM   #365
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We have a 2002 WRX wagon that went in for the recall inspection in the fall of 2011. It was a Boston-owned car, then PA-owned car (aka: winters) but was deemed "not eligible" for the control arm replacement. I was driving home from work on Wednesday night making a right onto an on-ramp and the passenger control arm snapped. (At the time, I didn't know what it was.) Had it towed to our local (very good and trustworthy) garage thinking tie rod, but my mechanic said the lower control arm was practically crumbling in his hands and even mentioned the recall.

I called the Subaru dealership where the recall inspection was performed and they basically said, "There's no way it was a botched inspection as our guys don't get paid unless they replace the control arm. In other words, they WANTED to replace them, but yours could not have been bad enough..."

I called 1800SUBARU3 and the Customer Service rep I spoke to was friendly enough but said, "You have to get it towed to a Subaru dealership. Then they will evaluate whether or not it was a botched recall inspection and then make the decision whether or not to honor the repair under the recall..."

In other words, I had to shell out money to flatbed the car over to a Subaru dealership to MAYBE have them CONSIDER the fact that they should have been replaced under warranty, argue with Subaru and, if they didn't believe they made the mistake or Subaru denied the claim, pay the cost for the second tow and, ultimately the repair (or the cost of a THIRD tow back to my local mechanic.)

Since I need the car back in a reasonable amount of time, I opted to have my mechanic perform the replacement and alignment and promised to save what's left of the control arm. I plan to bring it over to the same dealership next week with the final bill and see where that leads me. I'm not looking to pick a fight or sue or get bent all out of shape, but it's a little troubling that something as vital as a control arm could go from "Fine" a little over 2 years ago to "practically crumbling" on a daily driven car. FWIW, he said the drivers' side looked like it was fine.

My prediction: I will get nothing from Subaru on this.
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:58 PM   #366
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Not if you remove the part from the car. Who's to say you didn't rip it off a junk yard car? If there is a record of the recall being done on your car, I don't see why it won't be covered.
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:51 PM   #367
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I checked out the control arms on my 04 Impreza and Forester, they're both in bad shape.
I believe there's already been a recall on the Forester for this issue. I currently live in PA and received a notice from Subaru a couple years ago about it. Local Subaru dealer did a punch test on the affected parts, cleared them as OK (I'd have preferred them replaced) and then treated them with a preservative akin to Cosmoline.

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Old 02-20-2014, 11:53 AM   #368
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Not if you remove the part from the car. Who's to say you didn't rip it off a junk yard car? If there is a record of the recall being done on your car, I don't see why it won't be covered.
I see your point, except this part will have the "punch" evidence and coating that was performed by Subaru 2 years ago and if it's rusted to bits, that doesn't bode real well for the coating being a very good solution, does it?
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:39 PM   #369
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My prediction: I will get nothing from Subaru on this.
FWIW, Subaru did (partially) reimburse me when my LCA failed, and I had an independent shop replace both of them (and the front subframe, which had also rusted to swiss cheese - SOA would NOT pay for that though).

My failure occurred before the official recall though, so the situation isn't entirely the same. Now that there's been an active recall, I can see them requiring the work to be done @ a dealer.

The whole incident left a bad taste in my mouth (and about $1k less in my wallet, all said and done), and is one of the reasons I sold my WRX not too long afterwards.
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:18 PM   #370
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I see your point, except this part will have the "punch" evidence and coating that was performed by Subaru 2 years ago and if it's rusted to bits, that doesn't bode real well for the coating being a very good solution, does it?
I can think of a couple scenarios that can be used as an "excuse". Hope things work out.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:46 AM   #371
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So apparently weld rusted and crack on my front left control arm. I was unaware of this potential problem untill the other day I was taking a left turn and hit a pot hole going about 40 mph when the control arm failed and crippled causing me loose a wheel two tires my fenders badly smashed, dent in the door and a bent inner tie rod. Anyone have any suggestions on maybe getting Subaru to ix or replace these parts?
Have you had any success with this problem yet from Subaru?

I've so far had the same experience, while driving on a nice winter day, no snow, my 03 Forester snapped the front right lower control arm and sent my family and I into a guiderail, at 100km/hr. Luckily we're safe, a gentle crash, but we could be in the obituaries if the case were different. So far Subaru Canada has inspected/admitted the cause was the recalled part, not willing to pay for the rest of the damage to the car yet. We're drafting up a letter to request for damages, loss of vehicle for 3 weeks since crash and extras for inconvenience and mental stress. Any advice?
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:54 PM   #372
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Yesterday I found that my driver side lca is cracked. Im dropping the wagon off at Subaru tomorrow and hoping that they will replace it under the recall warranty. They did the punch test/rustproofing recall 2 years ago BUT they punch the bottom of the LCA and my crack is on the top. Guess Ill have to wait and see...
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:35 PM   #373
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Yesterday I found that my driver side lca is cracked. Im dropping the wagon off at Subaru tomorrow and hoping that they will replace it under the recall warranty. They did the punch test/rustproofing recall 2 years ago BUT they punch the bottom of the LCA and my crack is on the top. Guess Ill have to wait and see...
Hops you aren't driving it there. Good luck.
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:57 AM   #374
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It's an open warrenty, mine had never been checked and one is getting definitely getting replaced today. When you call Subaru they will tell you if it's been checked or not. $300 saved for me!

Update: Took it to the dealership, receiced 2 new control arms, subframe, ball joints and knuckles all free under the warrenty. Saved me a lot of time and money.

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