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Old 05-10-2012, 09:30 PM   #1
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Default 2009 Legacy - Wheel Bearing issue?

I know OT don't Subaru in public to often, but maybe you guys are feeling nice tonight

My wifes car started making a "growling" noise from the front right at ~65MPH, which I would immediately say is the wheel bearing, but there is another symptom. Most of the time, along with the noise, the steering wheel shakes. This happens both at speed and while braking once the symptoms have started.

I drove it for a while, and not once under 65 did the noise/shaking start, but sometimes (maybe 50%?) after it started, it would continue down to ~40-45 mph then completely go away until back up to 65.

The shaking and disappearing have me a bit stumped. We tried swapping wheels (summer/winter) and the problem persists. She brought it to one dealership today who suggested resurfacing the rotors and new pads along with a flat spot in the tire. I'm a bit limited in my trouble shooting abilities currently because we just had a new driveway put down yesterday so I can't drive the car on it or drag the jack over it (and would rather not work in the road).

Any ideas before we bring it to another dealership, mighty OT?
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:32 PM   #2
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:34 PM   #3
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Growling...so hot
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:35 PM   #4
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If someone ran over both of your hands, they would be doing a public service.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:38 PM   #5
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:39 PM   #6
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I know OT don't Subaru in public to often, but maybe you guys are feeling nice tonight

My wifes car started making a "growling" noise from the front right at ~65MPH, which I would immediately say is the wheel bearing, but there is another symptom. Most of the time, along with the noise, the steering wheel shakes. This happens both at speed and while braking once the symptoms have started.

I drove it for a while, and not once under 65 did the noise/shaking start, but sometimes (maybe 50%?) after it started, it would continue down to ~40-45 mph then completely go away until back up to 65.

The shaking and disappearing have me a bit stumped. We tried swapping wheels (summer/winter) and the problem persists. She brought it to one dealership today who suggested resurfacing the rotors and new pads along with a flat spot in the tire. I'm a bit limited in my trouble shooting abilities currently because we just had a new driveway put down yesterday so I can't drive the car on it or drag the jack over it (and would rather not work in the road).

Any ideas before we bring it to another dealership, mighty OT?
Sounds like you need an alignment, bushings, wheel bearing, and hub most likely. A mechanic would know best.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:42 PM   #7
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Bitch, are you retarded? What part of OT don't Subaru do you not understand.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:43 PM   #8
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weird. that almost doesn't seem like a wheel bearing. The noise at speed kind of does, but if it's making noise in a straight line, it probably wouldn't just do it at higher speeds. Usually you can hear it wind down when coming to a stop if it's not load dependent noises from turning.

but the shaking? I've had wheel bearings do some weird stuff, but don't remember much shaking beyond the normal vibration.

well good luck anyway.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:53 PM   #9
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if its an automatic, it could be the clutchplates and throwout bearings, maybe even corrosion on your purple bellhousing.

or its probably a loose distributor cap and rotor-button. Check your magneto packs and use bias-ply tyres (not tires). Fill the tank with leaded petrol (not 91 grade gas).

Or - check and replace wheel bearing and tie-rod-end (to do so - lift the front of the car, grab each wheel with both hands by horizontal sides, pull and push. Repeat with hands on top and bottom. If movement happens, find the component with jiggle, there you go done. Don't forget that breasts feel nice when you gently squeeze them, nipples have appeal as well.

Taste eggnog during the holiday season. Don't forget that jesus died so you could have no noise at 65mph. I am sober and accept your apology.
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I can see a wheel bearing causing those symptoms, especially if it's loose and causing the brakes to drag. Jack up the car, grap the wheel top and bottom and wiggle. If there is any movement, the bearing is shot.

Note that if it's tight, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's still OK. I've had bearings that were loose but silent, and bearings that were noisy but tight.

How many miles? I don't know about the fronts, but the rears are covered under your Powertrain warranty.
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:19 PM   #12
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How many miles? I don't know about the fronts, but the rears are covered under your Powertrain warranty.
I just had a front wheel bearing replaced under warranty (4.9 year old car with I think slightly more than 50,000 miles on it)

Read my post above - the answer is within
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