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Old 01-04-2003, 09:06 PM   #1
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Exclamation My WRX shakes and rattles ALOT whenever I go over 60 mph! HELP!

I noticed this for a while with the car but as soon as some friends of mine mentioned it it's really begun to bother me. Whenever I go over 60 mph, the car starts to shake a little. You can begin to feel the steering wheel vibrate and shake along with the front end. Then, when I go over 80 mph, the shaking and vibration becomes unbearable. I mean, it even makes steering difficult(not like you would take a turn at 80 mph anyway). The whole front end shakes and rattles, and you can even feel it in your seat.

Now as soon as I noticed this, I told my friend to drive over 80 mph while I would sit in the back seat. I noticed that in the back end, the shaking and rattling is not as bad as the front end, but it is definately there!

I noticed this problem as soon as I bought the car from the dealer, but it seems it just keeps getting worse and worse. I am worried about long term damage to the car.

What do you guys this is the problem? My car is bone stock. It hasn't even been 1 month since I bought it from the dealer. I know it's a used car and I hope the dealer didn't screw me over and sell me a lemon. Should I take it in to get checked out? What if the dealer screws me again and says "Oh there's nothing wrong, all Subarus are like that."

BTW, I payed 800 extra for the extended warranty, they better not f*ck me over.
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Old 01-04-2003, 09:08 PM   #2
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Sounds like an out of balance wheel/tire, probably on the front since your steering wheel is shaking. The dealer should be able to rebalance all of them under warranty since its so new. The weights on them do occasionally fall off.
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Old 01-04-2003, 09:11 PM   #3
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In my previous car, I had the tires rotated which was a bad idea since there was uneven wear and I had this same exact problem. When I had new tires put on an got an alignment and all balanced the problem went away. The symptoms you mention sound exactly the same.
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Old 01-04-2003, 09:28 PM   #4
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Yes you should take it back to the dealer. As long as you haven't bounced it off a curb or whacked a big chuck hole they should deal with it.

That kind of vibration will just beat the crap out of the struts.


Couple things you can do yourself.
1) check all you lug nuts are still on and tight.
2) check to see if you can see a spot where a wheel weight used to be.
3) loosen and retorque all the lug nuts on the front wheels (some times a wheel gets mounted with a bit of garbage between it and the hub and is not centered.
4) look closely at the tire tread on the tires, look for bulges or cup shaped wear on the edges. If you find either you have a bad tire/ or wheel balance or both.

5) have a friend follow you and see if you can see which wheel is hopping up and down or wiggling side to side. You could have a bent rim or some such.

6) do you experience any signs of CV joint problems, ie clicking in the front end when you make a sharp turn?

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Old 01-04-2003, 10:13 PM   #5
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My car has the same problem, but it is due to me hitting a big pothole on a tank trail. I dented both rims on my drivers side. It has taugt me a valuable lesson though, not to drive 80mph down a road you are not familiar with.
I am lucky I didn't damage my suspension,still need to have the alignment checked though. Iwould make sure you dont have a similar problem when you have the tires checked. It was pretty obvious on mine.
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Old 01-04-2003, 10:17 PM   #6
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check the insides off your wheels for caked on mud or dirt also. Doesnt take much of that to cause the exact same problems you are discribing. Also like the others said look for missing wheel weights and ask your dealer to rotate & balance the tires for you. Most of them do it for free when you get your oil changed.
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Old 01-05-2003, 12:37 AM   #7
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Does it snow in your area?

Everytime I go driftingin the snow, afterwards I get this shaking on the highway. That's the snow inside the mag wheel rim, it creates an unbalance. Gotta take out that snow. Sometimes it turns to ice and it's really difficult to take out.
Otherwise, my best guess was already mentioned, probably just an unbalanced wheel.
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Old 01-05-2003, 05:09 AM   #8
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sounds like a bent wheel or a tire with a slipped belt, but definitely check for mud/snow packed in the spokes, we get that all the time.

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Old 01-05-2003, 05:23 AM   #9
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Bad/unbalanced tire + time = one wiped out shock...........
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:47 PM   #10
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sounds like a bent wheel or a tire with a slipped belt, but definitely check for mud/snow packed in the spokes, we get that all the time.

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Old 02-09-2013, 10:48 PM   #11
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Does it snow in your area?

Everytime I go driftingin the snow, afterwards I get this shaking on the highway. That's the snow inside the mag wheel rim, it creates an unbalance. Gotta take out that snow. Sometimes it turns to ice and it's really difficult to take out.
Otherwise, my best guess was already mentioned, probably just an unbalanced wheel.
This exact thing happened to me today, i was driving in about 6 in. of snow and car began to shake. I thought it was wheel weight but when snow melted it went away! How can I get snow to stay out of wheel wells? or do i just have to clean them out ever so often?
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:49 PM   #12
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Holy old thread bump Batman...
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:52 PM   #13
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^^^ Unless you have solid wheels (like the the spare) you are gonna fill em up with snow, which will cause them to be out of balance. It doesn't take much. All you can do is clean out as much as you can and 'gently' ride the brakes to heat em up and melt the rest out. That is the only downside to playing in the snow. Well, that and buried curbs.

Edit: Jeebus... I didn't even notice that was a 10 YEAR BUMP!!! LOL
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