Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Northeast Jersey
Car: 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback
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1998 OBW possible drivetrain issue?
Was wondering if anyone here has any ideas what can be going on. The symptoms have me a little stumped.
Recently, when the wagon reaches about 50 mph and up to about 60 mph, I've noticed a shallow vibration in the area of my feet either coming from underneath or from the center console area. In addition, there is a deep drone, whine with this vibration is going on. I checked the front differential fluid and the tranny fluid and all is up to proper level. There is no vibration in the steering either. Also, when I get to my destination, I can smell what I think is the tranny fluid... same smell I always notice when driving in snow where the AWD system is consistently being engaged and disengaged.
Other symptoms that have been occurring previously but not sure if they are all tied together in any way:
-When making right turns (right turns only) at typical intersections, I get a heavy vibration coming from somewhere in the front. Vibration is not during the actual turn, but when accelerating back to speed while unwinding the steering wheel back to the straight position. Once the car is driving straight again, the vibration is gone. The vibration is somewhat rough, scale 1-10 (10 being very heavy), I rate it at about 7.
-Tranny hesitates when shifting between 2nd & 3rd gear. Does not hesitate at any other gears, only from 2 to 3. The tranny will come out of 2nd gear, float for 2-3 seconds, and then catch 3rd gear.
Again... I'm totally stumped. I've read anything from a possible bad drive axle to a bad U-joint for the driveshaft. The axle makes sense due to location where I can feel the vibration coming from. If it were anything related to the driveshaft, I would feel it in the seat.
Thank you in advance,
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