Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Ophir, CO
Car: 2013 OB 2.5
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Steering Wheel: Pulsing "Slight Grind" Feel @ Slower Speeds
Haven't updated my profile, but have recently purchased a 2011 base model Outback with an August build date. I was so tuned into the more well known shaker issue that I might have missed what has now become very apparent as a pulsing sensation in the steering wheel (and even floor) which also feels a bit like an intermittent slight grind. I've just taken the car on a big road trip, so there was plenty of time to become tuned into this issue.
It occurs at slower speeds upon turns; normally more apparent when the wheel is at 10 or 2 o'clock (or deeper into the turn). The actual pulsing sensation happens on super smooth pavement, but seems to be more noticeable on rougher pavement.
I've read a bit on here regarding this issue, but it hasn't quite gotten the airtime as the high speed shaker issue ... so wondering if this is a problem for all Outbacks which people just accept or if this is a limited problem which only affects a small subset of vehicles? Also wondering if there is an accepted "solution" to this issue which conclusively/permanently resolves this symptom?
I haven't contacted my dealer or SOA yet, just trying to figure out what might be going on & what others have encountered too?