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Old 08-29-2001, 09:16 AM   #1
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OK! It may be time to get the NHTSA to force Subaru to issue a recall on its wheel bearings!

"NEW NHTSA CHIEF VOWS TO PLAY TOUGH
Jeffrey Runge, a one-time ER doctor, has pledged to come out swinging as the new head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “People should not assume there will be some kind of easing,” Runge announced recently, “If the [auto] industry won’t step up when there are defects, then we’ll issue a mandatory recall. We have support from the very highest levels on that issue.” On the issue of traffic safety, Runge was even more adamant: “To have 41,000 dead each year is obscene. It doesn’t have to be that way.”"

Maybe we should blitz their e-mail boxes with e-mails about the problem?

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Old 08-29-2001, 10:00 AM   #2
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except that it's not a safety issue and subaru will warantee them when the problem arises.
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Old 08-29-2001, 03:09 PM   #3
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Safety issue? The wheel falling off is not a safety issue? A guy I just talked to with a '99 almost had his wheel fall off at hiqhway speeds because his wheel bearing had been failing for a while.

Sounds like a safety issue to me.

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Old 08-29-2001, 05:09 PM   #4
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Almost huh? Get some facts in here and please explain how a failed wheel bearing can make your wheel fall off! If you ever bothered to research this stuff you would understand why you're not getting a lot of support.
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Old 08-29-2001, 05:31 PM   #5
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A guy I just talked to with a '99 almost had his wheel fall off at hiqhway speeds because his wheel bearing had been failing for a while
ummm... yeah... Doesn't a wheel bear make noise before the wheel gets separated from the car? In all the cars I have owned, when a wheel bearing fails, it has always been discovered by tracking down the squeeling, grinding, or other noise that informs most educated drivers that something is wrong with their car....

How is subaru liable for someone who ignores potential warnings like you get with a part failing over a period of time?

If it was a sudden catostrophic failure with absolutely no aparent warning signs (like the center diff's seazing in the mitsu eclispe) then I can see a recall happening.
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Old 08-29-2001, 07:00 PM   #6
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How is a wheel bearing gonna make the wheel fall off?
IT AIN"T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-29-2001, 07:48 PM   #7
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I guess it is theroectially possible that the worn bearing could cause an excessive amount of heat to build up on the axle shaft. My point is that the amount of wear on the bearing to cause this kind of failure would be noticed long before the catistrophic failure of the axle unless the owner totally neglected the regular maintenace.
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Old 08-30-2001, 04:57 AM   #8
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Okay as a technician i have to defend the auto industry from stuff like this. IF you let a wheel bearing go to the point where it is going to fall off it's your ouwn fault. On todays vehicles you KNOW a wheel bearing is bad as soon as it does go bad. Just because the part doesn't last 100K miles doesn't mean it's defective. It has served it's purpose and successfully made it past the 3yr/36k mark. Not to mention that we don't all drive in the best conditions possible. Have to think about the beating wheel bearings really take on our roads.

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Whatever. If you guys enjoy paying $600 every time you need your rear bearing replaced then go right ahead.

I think it is pretty sad that people have to ask for the Legacy bearings to be used in replacements instead of the Impreza bearings.

I fortunately have not had the bearing problems so I am not trying to "get support." I was posting that as more of a public service announcement. If you don't want to know about it then don't pay attention. I'm sure some do.
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Old 09-05-2001, 02:05 AM   #10
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Whatever. If you guys enjoy paying $600 every time you need your rear bearing replaced then go right ahead.
That's -EXACTLY- the problem. It's not a safety issue, it's a money issue. I paid $21,000 for a new car, I expect it not to have any defects, and if it does, that they get paid for by the manufacturer.

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I think it is pretty sad that people have to ask for the Legacy bearings to be used in replacements instead of the Impreza bearings.
Whoa, what's this about using Legacy bearings? Does that fix the problem permanently? What -exactly- is causing them to fail anyways? wrong lubricant? wrong bearings? Bad fitting? Overtightening? What kind of bearings are in there, anyways? ball bearings, roller bearings?

I have a new page dedicated to this problem. Anyone who hasn't been in contact with me, please email me if you have had a bearing problem with your Impreza or any other model Subaru.
http://www.raindrop.com/subaru/wheelbearings.html

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