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Old 12-19-2012, 09:35 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Ok so yesterday I measured my hub distance center to center... driver side 108.5 inches passenger side 108 inches... My front passenger side tire is a full 1/2 inch back... I'm calling the dealership today to schedule a visit... the car seems to drive fine however.. someone else needs to measure...
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@eerintheburgh - - Who are you speaking with at SOA? Is there a reference number? I'd like to pass this on to my dealer in Houston.
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@eerintheburgh - - Who are you speaking with at SOA? Is there a reference number? I'd like to pass this on to my dealer in Houston.
Sorry I haven't checked this thread in a while if you still need the information let me know and I'll check my workorder and get you the information.
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So........what was the official outcome ?
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So........what was the official outcome ?
There's two bolts under the Outback that are slotted, these bolts connect the uni-body on to the sub-frame. (such as it is) They're slotted so if an adjustment needs to be made at the plant they can do it before final alignment. To make a very long story short, the bolt on the passengers side was too far back causing that side to be too far forward by about 1/2 an inch. It was aligned to that position so everything appeared to be fine when driving straight...however in a hard right turn the 1/2 inch made a difference because the tire could come in contact with the mud guard.

The fix once that figured it out was fairly simple. They unbolted those two bolt, put it on their laser alignment equipment, squared everything, torqued the bolts back down to spec, and aligned all four wheels. BAM!! Problem gone.
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I wonder if this has any relation to the other "lane wondering thread" maybe that is their problem. Did you notice anything like that before the fix?
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where are these bolts?

any chance of a diagram that illustrates this?
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I wonder if this has any relation to the other "lane wondering thread" maybe that is their problem. Did you notice anything like that before the fix?
I didn't, but I asked about that and the service manager said I shouldn't notice any wondering because it was aligned correctly. He did however say if someone was following you closely and was looking for it it might have had a slight "crab effect" but to be honest I'd only had the car about a week so and it never got to that point.
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where are these bolts?

any chance of a diagram that illustrates this?
I can't find a good picture, I'll have to take one this weekend and send it to you.

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Good news on the solution... West Houston Subaru is still waiting to hear back from SOA
and have not fixed my problem. Does anyone know if a Technical Service Bulletin has been issued?
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