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Old 04-04-2004, 01:24 PM   #1
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Car is fine for first 10-20 minutes of driving and later on brake grinding from the left front wheel when stopping from 20 and below. Sometimes a grinding noise when making a hard left turn to. Is this the signs of a bad bearing or.. I had performance brakes pads on and the grinding noise was really bad when in stop and go traffic. Put the stock pads on and grinding noise is minimal. Cementite buildup on rotor?


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Old 04-04-2004, 04:17 PM   #2
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If it's a bearing problem, you can tell by turning your steering wheel all the way in one direction and driving in circles. i.e., if you suspect your right wheel bearing is shot, drive in circles going left.

When you put that much pressure on the suspected bearing, you'll hear SHOOM SHOOM SHOOM SHOOM even at low speeds.

How would I know? I had both of mine in the WRX fail around 68-70K miles. After who knows how many track days

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Old 04-04-2004, 06:33 PM   #3
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Also jack the car up and check for play. Just grab the wheel and shake it, it was very apparent when mine went bad by doing this. It will cost you about $700-$800 to have it fixed. I have had the passages done twice now. It is a weak design.
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Old 04-04-2004, 10:06 PM   #4
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$700-$800 for a wheel bearing or 2!!!!!!
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Old 04-04-2004, 10:28 PM   #5
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One side one bearing, three seals, and one spindle like $250 in parts alone. They have to replace the spindle cuz once the bearing goes bad it destroys the seat in the spindle. Not really the best design the legacy has a better stronger design and bearings from what I hear.
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Old 04-04-2004, 10:37 PM   #6
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with the OEM pads the grinding is now almost nonexistent and no grinding on turns unless a lot of braking was being done. I give up! The car is still under warranty and had the rear bearing replaced even the the dealer said my car was modded. Just suspension and intake/exhaust. When the rear bearing was bad I could hear it this front one has got me stumped.
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Old 04-05-2004, 07:58 PM   #7
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Well we have a forester also which shares most of the imprezea drivetrain so i just switched out the bearing/knuckle assembly and I get the same sounds so I am guessing that is just some buildup from the COBB pads.
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Old 04-06-2004, 07:09 PM   #8
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$250 in parts but subtract that from $700-$800 thats close to $500 in labor. I cannot believe that changing those bearings is that labor intensive if they are changing out everything. At roughly $65-$75 and hour for labor there is no way it took close to 5 hours for just wheel bearings. I really hope it doesn't cost that much at my dealer to have it done. I mean jeez a timing belt replacement only runs around $300.
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Old 04-06-2004, 11:34 PM   #9
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Can't you have a non-Subaru dealer do the work? That price sounds like stealer pricing, and redoing wheel bearings on a Sube can't be THAT different than any other car on the road, can it?

Also, anyone know of some JDM or aftermarket setups you can use to replace your OEM stuff once your bearings and such start to fail? I'd rather pay for some aftermarket parts once, rather than Subaru stuff multiple times....
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I've had tires that made the 'bad bearing' sound in my car....drove me nutz.
New tires...no sound....new tires get worn about 1/2....getting sound again....
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I took it to two different dealers and they both said $700+ for the bearing change. I looked into trying to find different bearing setup and couldn't find one. The closest thing I could find were rally cars but they CNCed the whole dang suspension.
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