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Old 10-09-2003, 05:08 PM   #1
LisaPhish
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Question New Sound - Can Anybody Help Identify it?

Okay. Call me crazy, but I kid you not, when I make a SHARP turn to the RIGHT, from the left front wheel comes this sound like a bunch of cicada's, or morracca's. . . tis the best I can describe. It's not the whirl of a wheel bearing, or anything like that. It's bizarre, and new to me. The car steers fine, however, it's just this sound. Wow, maybe I should go LOOK at the wheel and make sure nothing's stuck on it!

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Old 10-09-2003, 06:51 PM   #2
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cv joint?
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Old 10-09-2003, 07:41 PM   #3
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yep.. check the CV Joins.. and boots too.. (rubber shielding that covers it).. it might have some cracks in it..
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Old 10-09-2003, 09:04 PM   #4
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Huh.... 27K and the cv joint or boot is bad? Well, I guess since it's not affecting the steering any, it can wait until the car goes back in 2K for the oil. . .

Thanks alot for the help ~

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Old 10-09-2003, 10:55 PM   #5
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The CV joints are protected by a hard plastic boot; you may have run over something that damaged it. Who knows....good to have it checked out though.
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Old 10-11-2003, 01:27 PM   #6
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The CV joints are protected by a hard plastic boot; you may have run over something that damaged it. Who knows....good to have it checked out though.
Believe you'll find that the CV boots at all four wheels are supple and easily pliable. At 27K the CV joints should only be making noise if somehow the boot on the left front was torn open and the CV joint allowed to run dry. That would cause some of the sound that you're noticing. Suggest that something (small stick, piece of debris, etc.) may have stuck itself up along the steering rack boot and is clicking along the ridges of the left rack boot (just inboard of your tie rod end). Highly unlikely but that has happened to me once before on an old Datsun.

Is the sound "metallic"? Is it possibly the creaking of the front ASB binding and releasing through it's link at the left front wheel? One other possibility is the recycling valve on your rack and pinion steering rack may be clicking loudly if the right hand turns are sharp with the steering wheel locked all the way to right and held there. Does it make the same sound when you are reversing and make a sharp right turn?

BTW - what did you find out about your snapping/clinking noise in your transmission area?

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Old 10-12-2003, 08:18 AM   #7
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Dale! Nice to hear from you!

Okay, the sound. It could be metalic, but truly, it sounds almost exactly like either a chipmunk chattering, or a moracca. It only happens on HARD turns to the right, and I haven't tried to repeat it in reverse. I am off to Boston for the weekend, but will call the shop as soon as I return.

Also, re: the tranny noise. . . would you believe, I HAVEN'T taken it in for that? It's so funny. No matter what I drive; Allroad, A4 Avant, and now Subie GT, I always come across problems. I was a pain and the neck to the shop about the Audi's, but I am the opposite with this car so far. Just sick of complaining. The one shop told me they couldn't DUPLICATE the noise... I love that one... but why not just LOOK AT THE TRANNY AREA AND LINKAGE and SEE if anything looks defunct. So, like I said, when I return, I'll make an appt. and take my car in for all of the above.

Nice to hear from you.

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Old 10-12-2003, 04:44 PM   #8
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My car has 123K miles on it and the CV boots look as good as new. There is no way that your new car with 27K has worn CV joints already!

My guess is that the backing plates on your front brakes are bent. My car also starting making this terrible clicking metallic sound when turning the steering wheel earlier this year. I was scared that it was the CV joints, but it turned out that one of the backing plates was bent and rubbed only when the steering wheel was turned to either side.

Total cost for repair: $9.
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Old 10-23-2003, 01:53 PM   #9
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My god, my car is in the shop right at this moment, and the tech just called me to say he COULD NOT REPLICATE THE SOUND. Now lately, it's gotten so bad that it's not only when the car turns to the right... it also happens when I put it in reverse and back out of the garage... AND sometimes while driving straight! There has NEVER been a time where the car did NOT make the noise... so I'm a bit peaved that they're calling to say that it's not doing ANYTHING wrong.

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Old 10-23-2003, 02:29 PM   #10
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Lisa go replicate it for them.

As the other guys have sadi it could be a cv joint if the boot was damaged. Cv joints have a long lifespan if the boot remains intact, if its torn they dont last long at all. They also start making noise wwhile turning first when they fail, then when going straight. I usually ignore them until they are making the noise going straight.

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Old 10-23-2003, 02:54 PM   #11
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Thanks. It looks like I'm going to have to go replicate it for them, it just sucks for me, because the dealership is an hour from my house. I bought the car there, and they give me a loaner, so I make the trip. It's just a pain in the *** to go back and forth. Thanks though....
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Old 10-23-2003, 03:46 PM   #12
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Thanks. It looks like I'm going to have to go replicate it for them, it just sucks for me, because the dealership is an hour from my house. I bought the car there, and they give me a loaner, so I make the trip. It's just a pain in the *** to go back and forth. Thanks though....
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Damn that does suck. But if I had a....for every time I knew something was wrong with my car and the shop couldnt find it in the first pass, well.... The person who drives a car the most can tell almost immediately when something is wrong. Maybe next time make sure theyve heard it or seen it before you leave.

I just noticed you have the 5-speed wagon, nice choice .

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Old 10-23-2003, 03:49 PM   #13
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Hmmm. Just called them and they said that the noise when turning was a break sensor, and thus, they replaced the front brakes. Wow. 24K and brakes are already worn? They can't get the tranny to make the clinking noise I was complaining about though, so I'm supposed to take the tech for a ride to try and replicate it... But... I'm not hopeful, as it IS, an intermittent thing.
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Old 10-23-2003, 03:53 PM   #14
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And regarding your comment on a ... for every time you've heard a noise, etc., DITTO! Car dealerships need people like us to check cars for customers... then they'd have NO problems!

Thanks, I like my 5spd wagon... though this being my first Subaru, and coming off of Audi 5 spd wagons, I'm not totally impressed by the way these cars shift. Other than that, I love the car... but I wish the tranny were a bit tighter and that the clutch let out a bit further from the floor!!!
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Old 10-24-2003, 11:55 AM   #15
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Any chance that they can bring the car to you?
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Old 10-24-2003, 06:23 PM   #16
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Bring the car to me? I highly doubt it. At any rate, the car is back, with new front brakes and rotors. Didn't notice they were going bad (except for the sound from the sensors..) but the new peddle sure feels good.

As far as the clink... it still goes... undetected... and undiagnosed...

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