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Old 09-17-2003, 09:05 PM   #1
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Question wierd sounds when I turn

I started up my car while i was at work yesterday, Pulled out of my spot cranked the wheel and i didn't even hit the gas that hard and when it moved forward I head this strange sound come from the front of the car.

When I moved it sounded like a baseball card on the wheel of a bicycle. whatever it is it doesn't sound good--AT ALL.

Does anyone have an idea of what this is and how much it's going to cost me?
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Old 09-17-2003, 09:20 PM   #2
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Sounds like the CV joints to me. I did mine preventatively and I think it ran about $400-600. My boots were cracked and I just got the whole assembly on each side. So, to be clear, that's ~$300/side.

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Old 09-18-2003, 12:30 PM   #3
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I have low mileage axles for sale if it's your CV's. Just PM me if you want them.
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Old 09-18-2003, 05:05 PM   #4
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Sounds like the cv joints. Replace them yourself for about $50 per side for the whole axle. The job difficulty on a scale of 1-5 is about a 2 as long as everything goes ok. Look under the car and see if the boots are torn. If it's only mildly making noise then you can probably get quite a few miles out of them before they absolutely need replaced. If they are loud or make the car feel as though it's "binding" when turning, I would address it soon.
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Old 09-21-2003, 11:33 PM   #5
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I'm having a situation with my 99 2.5GT where the majority of the time its smooth and quiet - but on a rare ocassion when turning hard into a parking spot it'll feel a bit like its binding - for a while i thought it had to do with the differential - but i'm not so sure -- i hate intermittent problems they are impossible to diagnose
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Old 09-23-2003, 08:37 PM   #6
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My 95 does it when I turn right, it clicks really loudly. Weird stuff.
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Old 10-14-2003, 10:30 PM   #7
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Sounds like the cv joints. Replace them yourself for about $50 per side for the whole axle. The job difficulty on a scale of 1-5 is about a 2 as long as everything goes ok. Look under the car and see if the boots are torn. If it's only mildly making noise then you can probably get quite a few miles out of them before they absolutely need replaced. If they are loud or make the car feel as though it's "binding" when turning, I would address it soon.
boots look fine -
the binding when making sharp turns feeling is becoming more consistent - also have a lot of vibration around 60-80 mph and smooth the rest of the time - was once smooth all the time -
so i am suspect of the outer cv joints more so than a differential issue.. some have suggested the wrong fluid in the differential but are these not sealed units? or is that only the front mid dif on the manual..

also where do you find the axels for 50$ a peice? i've seen em for 4 times that much..
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Old 10-14-2003, 11:17 PM   #8
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IMO if your boots aren't torn then I wouldn't think it's the cv joint,
But stranger things have happened. If you're getting binding in sharp turns but no clicking during normal turning I'd say it's probably your center diff.. When you get severe binding it ruins your tires which may be why you're experiencing the vibration at cruising speed or your alignment may just be off. My wife drives a 98 Forester S and our center diff. is in pretty bad shape. Our tires
are on the outs and now every once and a while it makes a heavy clunk during tight cornering. Talked with a scooby mechanic
about it and he said it's about a $300 fix including labor or $180
if I do it myself. My Legacy turbo gets all my attention though
But I have to address it soon.

I got my axles local so I wouldn't have to pay shipping for the core charge but check out www.cvaxles.com . I think they're like $55 here and everyone that's dealt with them says really good things. They have a lifetime warranty also. Don't buy them from Subaru, they want way to much. You can probably get them for around $50 (after core charge) at your nearest auto parts store.
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Old 10-16-2003, 11:02 PM   #9
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IMO if your boots aren't torn then I wouldn't think it's the cv joint,
But stranger things have happened. If you're getting binding in sharp turns but no clicking during normal turning I'd say it's probably your center diff.. When you get severe binding it ruins your tires which may be why you're experiencing the vibration at cruising speed or your alignment may just be off. My wife drives a 98 Forester S and our center diff. is in pretty bad shape. Our tires
are on the outs and now every once and a while it makes a heavy clunk during tight cornering. Talked with a scooby mechanic
about it and he said it's about a $300 fix including labor or $180
if I do it myself. My Legacy turbo gets all my attention though
But I have to address it soon.

I got my axles local so I wouldn't have to pay shipping for the core charge but check out www.cvaxles.com . I think they're like $55 here and everyone that's dealt with them says really good things. They have a lifetime warranty also. Don't buy them from Subaru, they want way to much. You can probably get them for around $50 (after core charge) at your nearest auto parts store.
not bad - so whats the fix for the center diff? what part is the 180$ paying for? i did pick up a warrantee so in 3 weeks anything like this will be covered.. 900$ for 2 year warrantee - 300$ center dif fix is step one heh..
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Old 10-16-2003, 11:42 PM   #10
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To be totally honest I'm not totally sure what's included in the $180 package. He said something about a recall at one point and a "kit" that would fix it for $180. I don't know if it's a rebuild or what. (Like I said I haven't seriously tried to address it yet). I figured I would go back and follow up when I decided to address the problem. I think it's a pretty common problem though.
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Old 10-17-2003, 05:07 PM   #11
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I'd be really interestedin knowing what exactly is causing this problem everyone is describing. Matches EXACTLY what I've been experiencing in my 99 GT. Please continue posting info... especially if there is a known TSB and/or Dealer fix. It is driving me nuts and I haven't isolated what's happening yet. I've seen this same issue described and posted in all the forums USMB, LegCntrl, Iclub\Legacy, newsgroups etc. etc. but no one has singled out a cause and effective solution. Who will be the first?

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Old 10-19-2003, 11:09 PM   #12
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but no one has singled out a cause and effective solution. Who will be the first?

yeah 99 GT
i've been researching and have had only oute cv joints and differential listed as potential problems.. however i am pretty sure its not cv's since the boots are undamaged and the feeling shakes the whole car feeling like it comes from front and rear almost equally maybe even more to the rear..
give me a month till my new warrantee kicks in and maybe i'll find the problem.
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