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Old 09-12-2001, 07:02 PM   #1
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Default 99 Legacy Steering Clunking

Has anyone noticed a clunking in their Steering when cornering over bumps?

The problem seems to only be when the wheel is turned, and only when the Power steering is kicking in.

It doesn't happen when driving straight.

Even little tiny bumps when cornering cause a slight rattle in the column...

Anyone ever had this happen or even had it repaired?

Please tell me you have something...

I've had the car into the shop many times and they cannot fix te problem. The entire Rack has been replaced and still nothing.

Please help.
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Old 09-12-2001, 09:08 PM   #2
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Check your endlinks thats did it for my car, but I only had the clunk.
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Old 09-12-2001, 09:54 PM   #3
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I've had the clunk since 10k miles. Dealer says it is normal, but the dealer is an idiot.

There were a ton of threads about this on the USMB about a year ago. Many, many, many legacies have this rattle-over-bump 'feature'.

I can feel it in the steering column and it is most noticeable when making a turn over a slightly bumpy surface.
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Old 09-12-2001, 10:17 PM   #4
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I have the same problem. It is very slight but it is noticable.
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Old 09-13-2001, 02:05 PM   #5
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I have it too. I have seen all the posts on the USMB about it and came to the conclusion that it was normal. I figured it was something to do with the awd set up. I have lived with it for almost 50k miles now and it still sux.
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Old 09-13-2001, 08:47 PM   #6
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My OB has done it since new, 107k miles ago. It only seems to affect 2.5l vehicles, but not all of them (our GT doesn't do it, or at least not when I'm driving). There was a service bulletin a while back on the subject; I cannot offhand recall the details. For a while, Subaru was replacing the R&P unit, but no longer. It's endemic.
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Old 09-13-2001, 09:27 PM   #7
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Yeah, I've got it too. I asked about it last year sometime, and somebody on here explained that it was a normal sound due to some slop in the steering knuckle. I'm guessing that most all of us have it, to some degree or another. I've gotten used to it. I've got about 44k miles on mine now.

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Old 09-13-2001, 09:40 PM   #8
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It's pissing me off. It wouldn't be so bad if it was just over large bumps, but it's all the time.

In the winter when there's little snow and ice lumps all over the place I like taking the AWD Sideways sometimes.

That Friggin Clunking makes me not want to drive in those conditions.

It really puts a downer on driving. Plus with AWD you might tend to take it off road sometimes...what do the Outback drivers have to say about that.? Their cars ride on the same platform so they must have it too.

I think we should all write Subaru and tell them to fix the F#&kn thing before I lose it.

Hmm?
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Old 09-13-2001, 10:24 PM   #9
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Hey Steve,

I too was Peeed off about the clunking on my GT, but after a while, you get used to it. Though, last weekend just before the AutoX, I took off my front sway bar to lube the bushings, and the clunking was reduced quite a bit.

Another thing I noticed while I was under the car, the swaybar bushings for my GT was incredibly hard. I'd say that they were firmer than the urethane ones that were supplied by whiteline.

The next thing i'm going to do is to replace the front end links & bushings. Maybe that will help clear out some of the clunking, maybe not.

See ya sunday at the barbecue.
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Old 09-13-2001, 10:33 PM   #10
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My 99 GT does this too! Drives me nuts... I've been trying to figure out if it is normal or a problem.

As posted... occurs mainly when off-road, on ice-snow... especially around corners.

Definately sounds like something it 'loose' or whatever... but guess it's just another one of the good ol' subie rattles???
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Old 09-14-2001, 12:06 AM   #11
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I was told it was normal when I inquired about it a couple of years ago. I think it's the little knuckle joints in the steering assembly. I don't really notice it anymore.
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Old 09-14-2001, 01:51 PM   #12
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It's not just the cars with the 2.5L motors, the wife's Legacy (2.2L) does it too. Seems much more noticable than the RS...? Oh well, everything seems fine other than the noise!
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Old 09-14-2001, 01:58 PM   #13
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My 93 rides like a f'n Audi A4...don't know why you guys have the klunking. I did have it, but 8-year old front endlinks were shot to hell, new ones solved that quickly.

There's got to be a reasonable explaination for this somewhere, or a TSB?
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Old 09-15-2001, 09:14 AM   #14
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93 Legacy? I don't think they had such an issue.

But as Joe Trinidad mentioned, his model year 2001 even does it.

I think it's 97 and up.

I'm gonna call SOC and see if there's any further info on it.

If it was the mechanicals of the actual steering system, wouldn't the noise be there while going straight too?

My Un-educated guess points to the Power Steering...

One of the Service Dealers, Mike Corbit sounded like he knew what it was and immediately answered with a confident "Yes I know what that is"

The Dealer then replaced a "U" Joint in the column. Boy was his face red when I phoned him the next day and told him it was still there.

I'm angered even more....

You all know how I feel. Everyone says, they've learned to live with it. Why should we settle to Live with it when we pay decent money for our cars? This is not an issue which should be taken lightly nor should we choose to "Live" with it. I personally want it fixed. And if you're not behind me? I'll be the LONE Steering Clunker Vigilante fighting for us all.

(geez I get pretty hyped up about such a small thing eh?)

See you at the BBQ on Sunday with my clattering Steering.
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Old 09-15-2001, 09:25 AM   #15
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Don't compare your 93 to an Audi A4...

The world knows that Subaru's all wheel drive system is far superior. Yes the Audi'f fit and finish is top class...but that's what you're paying for.

So Audi puts funky aluminum circles around their vents, shifter and dials. BIG DEAL

TOP 4 CAR MANUFACTURERS FOR RELIABILITY

Toyota, Honda, Mazda and yes....SUBARU !

A4's are known to hang around in the shops for Quattro drive problems, electrical problems amongst other things.

Plus, why is it that you can purchase a new A4 for 45 G's and then two years later buy the same one for 1/2 the price?

Nice Re-sale Value there AUDI boys.
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Old 09-15-2001, 01:13 PM   #16
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The bump/rattle around corners is much worse offroad.

However it is equally bad on any turn that is not 100% smooth pavement.

I just turn up the stereo and have learned to compensate for the slight steering wheel bump.
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Old 09-15-2001, 11:10 PM   #17
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Well, it's not limited to 97 and newer, as my OB is a 96. However, now that I've put (poorly-lubed :-) Whiteline urethane bushings on the rears, I don't even notice the clunk over the groaning of the rear sway bar on bumps :-)
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Old 09-16-2001, 09:50 PM   #18
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You can reduce the clunk by putting 34+ psi on the front tires. I have done this on my impreza wagon and the problem seem to gone away until the tire pressure is down to 32psi. Why don't you guys try this and reply back to me if it work on legacy or not. By the way, I'm buying a 95'legacy LS with 150,000 miles for $5,000 tomorrow morning. I would like to know if this a good deal. The engine is so clean and the transmission is still kicking and it has 4wheel disc.

Thanks

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Old 09-17-2001, 05:10 PM   #19
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I run 36PSI up front and 35PSI in the back. It reduces the clunk slightly, but not enough to matter.

My springs are rusting, not sure if that has anything to do with it. The spring recall doesn't affect me because South Carolina doesn't get snow & salt on the roads.

Well... Who said anything about driving on roads?
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Old 09-17-2001, 05:55 PM   #20
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Ummm... I'm afraid I'm going to have to take back what I said about having it too. I used to have it, but apparently not any more. I recently put on H&R Springs, STi V5 struts, and a strut tower bar, all at the same time. I guess I had gotten so used to it, I didn't notice when it went away. I'm guessing the suspension work had something to do with it. Also, I've got 17 inch wheels, and run about 40lbs. up front. I think I still had it after the wheel swap, though. Either way, it does not appear to be there anymore. I suppose I should turn the stereo down more often!

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Old 09-18-2001, 12:53 PM   #21
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actually i had the same problem every morning or every time the car just got started up. every time i backed up or make a wide turn i hear a LOUD thug or snaping clunking sound up front. when i got my rotors and pads changed some reason all that annoying sound just vanished .
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Old 09-22-2001, 02:57 PM   #22
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97 Legacy GT, looks like I'm not alone.
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Old 09-24-2001, 08:34 AM   #23
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The clunking on my Legacy was simply the front coil spring twisiting in its seat. I looked under there and notices the bottom coil was scratched up and rusting as if it had been rubbing. I greased it up real good and no more noise.
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Old 12-10-2006, 09:00 PM   #24
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Happens to my 95 Impreza too... I first thought it was the AWD making the tires grip on the ground and pull slightly different ways, but after reading a lot on here I found what it is. It's either your front or rear differentials. For me, it's the rear since when I put the fuse in to enable FWD only (I don't know if newer models have this) and turning is fine. It shouldn't be a big problem though, I would just suggest avoiding it if you can. Just to be on the safe side of course.
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