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Old 05-08-2005, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default Unusual buzzing sound from speedo cluster

I did a 260 mile trip this weekend and while at highway speed I heard a very unusual buzz come from what seemed to be the speedo cluster. If you have ever heard an oil pressure relay buzz, that is the type of sound it was making.

I can not replicate the sound and it only did it in short 3-4 second bursts and then stopped. It did this probably 5 times. No idiot lights came on or even flickered as it buzzed. I tried downshifting and pulled hard through 90mph, part throttle, full throttle...nothing. I tried sharp turns to see if it was low oil sloshing from one side to another setting off something...nothing. There were no unusual movements on any of the gauges. Just past 5000 miles on the vehicle. The only thing "unusual" one time was a strong cross wind but other bursts of wind did not exhibit the same behavior.

Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 05-08-2005, 07:20 PM   #2
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Funny that you brought this subject up!
While driving north on I-87, today, I noticed the same thing, and it happened three times. My wife also noticed the sound, so I know I wasn't the only one hearing things.
You brought up cross winds, it was very windy up here in the Albany, NY area today, and I mentioned that to my wife. I thought it might have been the wind, as I did notice some buffeting when the noise occured!
It could be that the wind was hitting the air scoop on the hood just right, or it was hitting the air inlet for the interior air just right, and it may have been setting off a sensor. Your guess is as good as mine!
If anyone else out there has noticed this before, please lend a hand. It would be appreciated. Thanks!
Keep it under 90, folks!
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Old 05-08-2005, 09:14 PM   #3
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Wow this is really crazy... went on a road trip this weekend and the SAME thing happened to me! I thought it was the speedo at first as well but now im pretty sure it is wind. First time was with a large gust of wind at around 95 MPH. The noise was absolutly repeatable when I passed around 110MPH. At those high speeds the noise occurred on both the driver and passenger sides of the car.

I was thinking it was either wind passing through the window seals having some kind of reed effect or somewhere up by the cowl. If you find this source please let me know! I am going to do some investigating on it.
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Old 05-08-2005, 09:31 PM   #4
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I thought about the cowl also but figured it was sealed up pretty well with that plastic trim between the windshield and the hood/ under the wipers.

Well, I'm "glad" I'm not going coo coo -- it was a long trip to Watkins Glen, NY and then back to VA from PA in the Baja.

We had a new Audi A6 4.2 8cyl out of the press pool for the drive up to the track at Watkins Glen -- man, that Audi navigation system is beautiful!! I actually felt more comfortable in the Baja seats than the $56k leather A6 seats.
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Old 05-08-2005, 11:17 PM   #5
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There's been a few posts on this subject - to make a long story short - the weather stripping around the front windshield creates the noise - it's more noticeable in windy conditions and/or higher speeds. If you pull back the trim, you'll see why it vibrates. It's not a real good seal. All you need to do is squirt some clear silicone sealant in there and that will solve the problem. Any autoparts place will have it.
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Old 06-06-2005, 07:34 AM   #6
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So I went to Subaru of Riverside the other day to have my first oil change. The service manager, Russ, asked if I had any problems with it, so I mention the weatherstrip/noise thing at higher speeds and he told me, "Yeah, that's normal." I asked him how a flaw can be normal, and he said that Subaru did this on purpose with the Baja turbo model only because the turbo needs a longer break-in period, like 5000 miles. I sarcastically asked him if the noise stops after 5000 miles after the break-in and of course he said no. I asked him why wouldn't they just incorporate an in-dash light and electronic module if they are so concerned about the turbo (plus, wouldn't it go more by engine RPM rather than speed)? Anyway, he claimed he was going to show me the service bulletin, but of course couldn't find it. I tell yeah... Gotta love dealers!
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Old 06-06-2005, 10:20 AM   #7
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Haha thats the biggest load of crap! Thats pretty funny.
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Old 06-06-2005, 05:05 PM   #8
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That high speed wind noise drives me insane
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Old 06-18-2005, 10:59 PM   #9
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I see so thats what it is, its drives me nuts thx for the tip on how to fix it.
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Old 06-22-2005, 01:30 AM   #10
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I don't get why so many people are disabling the turbo-protection alert! It's there to remind you to not drive so fast because of the initial turbo break-in of 5,000 miles which apparently does not like high speed (nevermind over-revving). Fixing this will probably void your warranty! Any further questions, talk to Russ, Service Manager at Subaru of Riverside, California. This is not a flaw, but purposely engineered by Subaru.

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I see so thats what it is, its drives me nuts thx for the tip on how to fix it.
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