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Old 01-17-2013, 07:37 AM   #61 (permalink)
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Ok so here is my front end report... from December. Today I had my appointment and the tech just cut the corner (most under the car) off the splash guard. He said Caster can vary as much as half an inch... go figure.
So rather than do some work and adjust the frame he just cut a piece of the car off. Is this what we are to understand? He cut a piece of the car off? Really? Is that in the service manual? If you can't correct it, use a cutting wheel or Dremel to trim the offending body piece until it clears? Was this approved by some nitwit in management?

Looking at your measurements, the car is dogtracking right. Same thing as with Cobalt's. The left rear wheel is steering right. You probably have some vibration at highwy speed?
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So rather than do some work and adjust the frame he just cut a piece of the car off. Is this what we are to understand? He cut a piece of the car off? Really? Is that in the service manual? If you can't correct it, use a cutting wheel or Dremel to trim the offending body piece until it clears? Was this approved by some nitwit in management?

Looking at your measurements, the car is dogtracking right. Same thing as with Cobalt's. The left rear wheel is steering right. You probably have some vibration at highwy speed?
Actually the car does not shake or pull - it just made a God awful noise when turning hard right plus a bump (or something to jar the wheel).

This "repair" came right from SOA... it's a Services Bulletin...

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Maybe you could get a copy of that "bulletin" from the service manager. The last posted bulletin was in July 2012. I understand that Subaru will put out updates all the time as they come up, but cutting a body part is never the answer to a repair.
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Maybe you could get a copy of that "bulletin" from the service manager. The last posted bulletin was in July 2012. I understand that Subaru will put out updates all the time as they come up, but cutting a body part is never the answer to a repair.
I am getting a copy of the bulletin today. I had the same issue and the SOA rep said they are modifying the right splash guard (cutting part of it off). I pick up the car later today.
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I am getting a copy of the bulletin today. I had the same issue and the SOA rep said they are modifying the right splash guard (cutting part of it off). I pick up the car later today.
Your kidding right?

I guess that is better then installing a pair of vice grips on the steering wheel so if you turn the wheel too far they hit you in the leg and stop from turning the wheel far enough for the splash guard to contact the tire.

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your kidding right?

I guess that is better then installing a pair of vice grips on the steering wheel so if you turn the wheel too far they hit you in the leg and stop from turning the wheel far enough for the splash guard to contact the tire.

Soa engineers if you read this idea and try and steal it you better put me on the payroll

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Your kidding right?

I guess that is better then installing a pair of vice grips on the steering wheel so if you turn the wheel too far they hit you in the leg and stop from turning the wheel far enough for the splash guard to contact the tire.

SOA Engineers if you read this idea and try and steal it you better put me on the payroll
That is funny.

Its really stupid though. Its like a bunch of Ford engineers went to work for Subaru. If a shift in the subframe will correct the issue without body modification or surgery on a plastic part, then why not just shift the frame and realign the car? Especially since it would also double as a correction to the "walking" in theory. And they wouldn't have to manufacture all those "new" splash guards.

Ridiculous.
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HA! I'd dare them to even LOOK at my car with a cutting wheel!

When I take my car in for this problem, I'll be referencing a few things from this thread. My right wheel is visibly closer to the splash guard. To **** with rulers, If I can tell by looking at it, it's too far out of spec.

Anyone know what the deal is with the back wheels on our cars? They're WAY close to the front of the wheel well (though they look equally close).
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That is funny.

Its really stupid though. Its like a bunch of Ford engineers went to work for Subaru. If a shift in the subframe will correct the issue without body modification or surgery on a plastic part, then why not just shift the frame and realign the car? Especially since it would also double as a correction to the "walking" in theory. And they wouldn't have to manufacture all those "new" splash guards.

Ridiculous.
If SOA was really paying attention to what members here are reporting (myself included), then maybe they would be shifting the subframes in order to "PROPERLY" fix the real issue at hand. Or, maybe they do realize what the real problem is and are taking the less expensive way out to fix the symptom (which is the tire rubbing the mud guard on the front passenger side). They probably figure the difference (shorter) in the passenger side wheelbase will not have any negative long term affects so why go through that expensive warranty repair when they can just trim some plastic off a mud guard and send the unknowing customer on his/her way. Real nice!

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You get a bunch of engineers and pencil pushers in a room to try and calculate a "fix" and cost and come up with use a dremel and pay the tech 1/2 an hour.
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