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Old 09-05-2013, 07:42 AM   #1
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Getting a consistent rubbing noise at all speeds that doesn't seem to get louder with more speed. Low speed is coupled with a low tone clunking type noise. I also have a minor vibration in the car. I'm not the best at diagnosis and really would like to avoid getting worked at a repair facility.
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:44 AM   #2
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does it change when the brakes are applied?
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:28 AM   #3
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Any kind of work done on it, or all stock?
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:28 AM   #4
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Yes slightly.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:52 AM   #5
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Stage2, sway bars, short shifter. Cars not tracked or beaten.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:51 AM   #6
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a clunk and/or high speed vibration could be cv joints.

does the clunk change when making tight low speed turns, ie, parking lot?
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Possible the sway bars shifted, loosened up?

Ninja edit...the bushings or end links could cause a clunking sound if they are loose.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:42 PM   #8
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a clunk and/or high speed vibration could be cv joints.

does the clunk change when making tight low speed turns, ie, parking lot?
I noticed the sound is louder as a take turns, esp. On/off ramps. Is it possible the tires are out of round or bad rotor(s)?
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:40 PM   #9
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Sounds kind of wheel bearingish to me.
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:59 PM   #10
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Sounds kind of wheel bearingish to me.
That was my first guess. Expensive to fix?
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:32 PM   #11
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Not a decent shop. Dealership yes.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:24 PM   #12
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step 1. buy the bearings yourself, take the hubs and knuckles off yourself.
step 2. take the hubs/knuckles and bearings to a decent machine shop and have them press the old out and the new in.
step 3. put everything back on your car.
step 4. profit.(from not spending as much money as you could have spent if you just dropped your car off at subaru or something.)

(if it's wheel bearings)

Also check your endlinks, since you have upgrade sways, and look around your wheel wells, I've heard similar sounds from the fender liner things that are popped loose.

If it's the CV joints you'll probably hear something when you hit bumps as well, closer almost to a clicking, (that's what mine sounded like).

Aside from that the most valuable thing you could tell us?: Is it coming from the front or the rear?
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:53 PM   #13
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step 1. buy the bearings yourself, take the hubs and knuckles off yourself.
step 2. take the hubs/knuckles and bearings to a decent machine shop and have them press the old out and the new in.
step 3. put everything back on your car.
step 4. profit.(from not spending as much money as you could have spent if you just dropped your car off at subaru or something.)

(if it's wheel bearings)

Also check your endlinks, since you have upgrade sways, and look around your wheel wells, I've heard similar sounds from the fender liner things that are popped loose.

If it's the CV joints you'll probably hear something when you hit bumps as well, closer almost to a clicking, (that's what mine sounded like).

Aside from that the most valuable thing you could tell us?: Is it coming from the front or the rear?
Thank you for the bearing advice. Appreciate that.
I'll check the links and liners, and as far as the location, that is driving me nuts because I can't tell.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:33 PM   #14
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have a friend ride with you in the front first then in the back, You're pretty isolated to one position in the car, since you're driving it an all. Also having someone stand outside while you drive past them can help to determine if you can hear it outside the vehicle (unless you already know) Some issues are really only audible to the people in the car
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:43 PM   #15
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step 1. buy the bearings yourself, take the hubs and knuckles off yourself.
step 2. take the hubs/knuckles and bearings to a decent machine shop and have them press the old out and the new in.
step 3. put everything back on your car.
step 4. profit.(from not spending as much money as you could have spent if you just dropped your car off at subaru or something.)

(if it's wheel bearings)
2011 are bolt in wheel bearing assembly...even easier if that's the issue.

Honestly before spending a bunch of $, go back over what has been modified and make sure it's all correct. Then you can start the process of eliminating issues like wheel bearings, ect...

Another idea to check: If the wheels came off during installation of sway bars, check lugs are torqued properly.
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:33 PM   #16
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After discussion and focused listening/driving scenarios, I believe I'm dealing with a bad rotor.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:25 PM   #17
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I'm also dealing with similar issues and I'm 90% sure it's a bad front passenger side wheel hub/bearing assembly. My car has eaten through my stock rotors and upgraded rotors (i.e. developed symptoms of a warped rotor).

I'll keep you posted on my repair process. Search up trueno92's posts on this forum, as he has been more than helpful in diagnosing my car's symptoms.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:52 PM   #18
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O man. I haven't replaced the rotors yet, but I wouldnt be all that shocked if its a bad bearing/hub. Keep it posted
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Here's where I've been posting updates on my issue:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2547489
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:56 AM   #20
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Well the sound is back and I noticed the insides of the front tires were worn down and have cupping. I had an alignment done and the same thing happened again with the new rubber. Anyone know what gives?
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Have you replaced the bearing because that's what it sounds like.
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:03 PM   #22
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If the uneven wear is the same on both front tires, could I possibly have two bad bearings?
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:05 PM   #23
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Also too, it has a front swaybar that was professionally installed, could that be a culprit?
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:21 PM   #24
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We'll too the car to my mechanic today and went over the suspension and driveline. Everything is in place, nothing is broken or worn out. My tires, after the second alignment in a month have chopped/ cupped in the front again. Has anyone had this issue?
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