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Old 01-17-2012, 05:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my 2010 outback has been making some strange noises when i hit potholes and bumps when the car is cold or its extremely cold out, (around 23 degrees) just wanted to know if you guys have noticed anything similar, or if this is an isolated issue, if it is isolated, is this covered under the 3/36?


the sound almost seems like the shock or strut might be stiff or loose? usually from the drivers side rear...


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Cold temps will make the rubber bits harder and increase the sound levels of pot holes your crossing over. So its probably pretty normal. The rubber bits that help isolate these get hard in cold temps and you'll feel the bumps more and there could be more sound also.
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Cold temps will make the rubber bits harder and increase the sound levels of pot holes your crossing over. So its probably pretty normal. The rubber bits that help isolate these get hard in cold temps and you'll feel the bumps more and there could be more sound also.

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While subiesailor is probably right you should keep an ear out for if the noise gets worse or starts happening in warmer weather. A coworker had a clunk type noise in his Mazda 3 Speed and was told that just happens in the cold. One year later it was still doing it and all the time. Ended up being a bad rear strut and the mounts were beginning to wear due to all the harsh impacts. Just something to keep in the back of your mind.
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On older models they had this problem and the solution involved changing the support on the power steering hoses, and if that didn't fix it, replacing the power steering hoses with a different part #. Not saying that's the issue here, just that it's not the first time this type of thing has happened.
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On older models they had this problem and the solution involved changing the support on the power steering hoses, and if that didn't fix it, replacing the power steering hoses with a different part #. Not saying that's the issue here, just that it's not the first time this type of thing has happened.
i see, no mine is a 2010 outback so AFAIK this isn't a known issue. (unless someone can tell me otherwise) also. I will keep an ear out for the noise when it warms up, the OB has about 26,000 miles on her in under two years so im just trying to get an idea of how long things will last on the battleship.
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wouldn't hurt to lift the boot and feel for oil on top of the rear strut I guess. And generally look around under there.
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By any chance have you been driving on snowy roads? The noises you describe could be from snow that's packed into the wheel housing or suspension components.
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By any chance have you been driving on snowy roads? The noises you describe could be from snow that's packed into the wheel housing or suspension components.

i only wish, no unfortunately not.

NYC needs snowpocalypse like last year!
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