Hello, first I'd like to introduce myself as this is my first post here. I have a friend who has owned her 01 Outback for about one year now. I am helping her track down a front end vibration because I am a lot more knowledgable about cars and she is overwhelmed and frustrated with this issue.
About one month ago she mentioned the steering wheel was vibrating like crazy and when I drove it the wheel shook severly begining at 65mph and peaking at 70.
The wheel shook so badly it was apparent even to the passenger glancing over.
The brakes were replaced after the shaking started, seem to be unrelated to the steering wheel shakes. They do not vibrate when stopping. Next, within a few days we observed that her tires were worn really strangely and by looking at some online charts they appeared to be cupped.
She bought new tires and had them mounted and balanced. It didn't help much if any. She took them back to be rebalanced and checked for bad belts. No improvement.
The shop mentioned that her lft front axle and steering rack were bad so she replaced the axle only. Not much if any improvement.
So we're down to the steering rack. They also mentioned that one inner tie rod was bad also which of course is a part of a new rack. We have paused here because this is such an expensive fix and wanted to get some opinions on how likely this is to solve the problem and whether to get a reamnufactured one or pony up for the new factory part.
Your help is greatly appreciated.
This is extremely aggrivating!