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Old 08-21-2011, 11:42 PM   #1
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Default 2002 Subaru WRX Clicking Noise

This is my first post as a newbie on this forum. I've been lurking for some time and it seems like this place has a lot of useful information.

I'm having some issues with my 2002 WRX. It's got a fair amount of mileage on it. Right now it's sitting at 177,500 KM (approx 111,000 miles). It's been a great car but now I'm starting to have a problem with it.

When I drive the car for a longer period of time and it warms up I'm starting to get a clicking noise. The only time it happens is at low speeds and mainly when I'm turning into a parking stall. The noise occurs with turning both left and right. It doesn't happen at speed but it definitely occurs at lower speed after driving for a little while.

I took it to the dealership and went for a road test with one of the managers. The tech took it out for a spin a couple of hours later and couldn't duplicate the problem. They put it on the hoist and checked the U joints, brakes...etc and said everything looks good. It's still making the noise and I can't figure out where it's coming from.

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Old 08-22-2011, 12:20 AM   #2
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A video of the sound is pretty much essential.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:22 AM   #3
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CV Joints? Not sure if these even have those. I know a clicking can occur when the CV joint boots look 100% but the join itself is worn out.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:39 AM   #4
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Agree take a look at the CV joints.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:59 AM   #5
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Check your trans magnet I'm in a similar situation and I found chunks in on my magnet. I'm guessing its my front diff since it seems to click although from what I understand its more likely the center diff. Fwiw I'm in an 04 wrx with 110k on stage 2.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:48 AM   #6
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CV Joints? Not sure if these even have those. I know a clicking can occur when the CV joint boots look 100% but the join itself is worn out.
If you do not know whether or not a Subaru has CV Joints you really, really, really, really should not be giving any kind of advice whatsoever. Have you not looked underneath your car?

Like Xan said, we need to actually hear the noise to be able to give you any valuable advice, a click could be one of a dozen things off the top of my head.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:07 PM   #7
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If you do not know whether or not a Subaru has CV Joints you really, really, really, really should not be giving any kind of advice whatsoever. Have you not looked underneath your car?

Like Xan said, we need to actually hear the noise to be able to give you any valuable advice, a click could be one of a dozen things off the top of my head.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll get a video uploaded ASAP.
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Old 08-25-2011, 02:51 PM   #8
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N e luck?
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Old 08-25-2011, 03:10 PM   #9
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N e luck?
Haven't had a chance to get a video of the sound but it's definitely gotten worse. Taking it in again tomorrow morning to the dealership. I stopped by yesterday when it made the sound and had one of their service advisors come for a road test with me to show them the sound.

After doing some research it sounds like it could be a wheel bearing. Any idea how much this would cost to replace?
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Old 08-25-2011, 03:27 PM   #10
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How are your mech. Skills? Cause if u know how to do rotors and pads u should have no problem doing the wheel bearing, there's threads on here that help u along but if u have a pressed in bearing then ur going to have IT pressed out. If its bolt on bearing then it's super easy
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:01 PM   #11
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How are your mech. Skills? Cause if u know how to do rotors and pads u should have no problem doing the wheel bearing, there's threads on here that help u along but if u have a pressed in bearing then ur going to have IT pressed out. If its bolt on bearing then it's super easy
I have some mechanical skills but I just moved to a new place and don't have the access to a garage. I'll take it in tomorrow to ensure that the wheel bearing is the issue.

It keeps getting better with my car. Today at lunch it started to overheat at stop and cool down as I drove. I'm guessing faulty thermostat or my fans aren't turning on. Might end up getting rid of my Subie with all the problems I've had lately.
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:33 AM   #12
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So after many weeks of not knowing what this noise is someone suggested that it could be loose brake calipers. I had the front rotors machined back in May when I had the major service done because they were starting to cause a shake in the steering wheel when I applied the brakes. I ended up getting the front and rear rotors replaced in July because the shake came back and it was pretty unbearable. The same shop that I took it too for the rotor replacement came back and told me that it could be caused by the calipers being loose and they would have to machine the rotors and charge me $275.

Since they machined them previously and replaced the rotors after that am I off base in thinking that they should be doing this repair at no charge? I'm getting it checked out by another shop and if they come back with the same diagnosis I'm planning on taking it back to the original shop and having them remedy the problem at no charge. The repair itself should be covered for at least 90 days from what I remember reading on the repair receipt.
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:14 AM   #13
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Fill out your profile. Location/vehicle...

I think you mean you had your rotors turned. ok
I have no idea what you mean by having your calipers machined though...

You have an sti? Could you be talking about the fact the brembo's pads click???
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:47 AM   #14
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No no. The front rotors were machined in the service before they were replaced.

Not an STi. It's a 02 WRX
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Old 09-23-2011, 06:31 PM   #15
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A bit of an update. I took my car to a shop that specializes in Subarus in my city. After taking the car for a spin around their parking lot with one of the mechanics he right away diagnosed the problem as the viscous coupler in the center differential. Said he's seen this numerous times with both manual and automatic transmissions. Said that it more than likely ended up being stuck open rather than returning to a closed state. Going to cost me about $1100 to get replaced once he has the part ordered.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:25 PM   #16
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:57 AM   #17
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bamp updates?
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:46 AM   #18
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A bit of an update. I took my car to a shop that specializes in Subarus in my city. After taking the car for a spin around their parking lot with one of the mechanics he right away diagnosed the problem as the viscous coupler in the center differential. Said he's seen this numerous times with both manual and automatic transmissions. Said that it more than likely ended up being stuck open rather than returning to a closed state. Going to cost me about $1100 to get replaced once he has the part ordered.
OBX front differential is your friend now...
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