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Old 08-02-2010, 02:58 PM   #1
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Default Differential or CV joints or what?

My 2002 Impreza Outback Sport (180k on odo) has developed an intermittent problem. When making a sharp turn at low speeds, it doesn't roll smoothly. It feels as if something gets caught in the gears that the car has to over come. It's as if it has developed a limp!! At first, I thought something like a ball joint was loose and something was rubbing, but everything is tight and nothing seems to be rubbing.

It doesn't do it every time but probably 50% of the time. It will do it with the clutch engaged as well as when driving but only at low speeds (at least for now). If I drive for a while on the highway (1 hr +), it will have a good chance of doing it when I pull into a parking spot. If I drive on windy hills, it seems to do it less.

I figured it was a CV joint. Seems to me like those work hardest when turning sharply. However, a friend of mine told me it was the differential. I don't really know what kind of differential my Subie has but I guess it has to work harder too during sharp turns too.

Any ideas?
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:15 PM   #2
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Almost sounds like a center diff, but you'd be better off asking in the tranmission/driveline forum.
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