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Old 07-14-2003, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default Fried Wheel Bearings?

Hey all,

I have been having trouble with my car tracking lately. The car tends to pull off line in the freeway, etc. mostly to the right. I have had the allignment checked and it's fine. In addition, on long sweeping turns (freeway offramps, etc.) I get a strange humming/light rumble noise. At first I thought it was my tires (the have been balanced and rotated) but after reading the project WRX story in the new SCC I'm thinking it's the bearings. I have just over 45,000 miles on my car. Anyone else have problems with wheel bearings and how long should they last? My car is going in next monday to get a boost gauge installed I guess I'll have em look at my bearings and steering too.
Thanks for any imput

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Old 07-14-2003, 07:07 PM   #2
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Wheel bearings has been a weak point for Subaru for a while. Its less common in newer cars but Ive read about a few WRX with bad bearings at half your miles. Your description of the noise and when it happens sounds exactly like a bad bearing.
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Old 07-24-2003, 12:53 PM   #3
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As it gets worse you may notice eneven wear on the brake rotors. Not to be left alone. Failure is potentially deadly. I would have this verified and fixed asap.
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Old 09-03-2003, 10:04 PM   #4
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Had the left rear wheel bearing replaced today on my '02 2.5TS. As I'm at 32k miles, it was mercifully it was covered under warranty. I'm a bit surprised - never had a wheel bearing fail, including on my '87 GL which had 190k when I sold it. And wow is that thing loud when it goes!! Thought it was excessive NVH from the Whiteline subframe bushings I recently installed, but nope - the "whumpwhumpwhump" got worse last week to an unbearable grind.

Between this and the clutch shudder replacement (including flywheel), I'm crossing my fingers that all will be quiet for some time.

Can't complain too much, though - both of these repair jobs were covered under warranty over the last two months with no questions asked. Cheers to my dealer (and SOA) for taking care of business like that.

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