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Based on a suggestion from a member, we've drawn up a list of clarifying questions regarding some strange or new noise your car is making.

We need details to help diagnose a problem or determine if it may be dangerous to drive the vehicle.

So, please provide as much of this information as you have:

A. When does the sound happen?

_ When engine is running
_ When transmission is in some particular gear
_ When turning
_ On throttle
_ When braking
_ Over bumps
_ In cold conditions
_ At speed - wind noise

B. Where does the sound come from?

_ Can't tell
_ Drivetrain
_ Suspension/wheels/brakes
_ Front
_ Rear
_ Body

C. Does the sound vary with some condition?

_ Engine/transmission rpm dependent
_ Wheel rpm dependent
_ Air speed/direction dependent
_ Varies according to some other condition

D. Is there a vibration associated with the noise?

_ Feel it through the floorpan or seat
_ Feel it through the steering wheel
_ Feel it through a pedal

E. Does it affect drive-ability? how? (Essay question, 2500 words or less)
 

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Good idea.

Also, Subaru Drive magazine carries a somewhat broader and longer list in "Helpful HInts on Service Communications". It's at

http://www.drive.subaru.com/OnLineX_Checklist.htm

Is there a way that these resources could be posted in a "sticky" so that it doesn't get lost over time?
 

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good idea,

also might title this thread "Read This Before Posting a Mechanical Issue Question"

i would also suggest that they post the mileage and whatever service history they are aware of like tune ups or other parts replaced and when that was done.
 

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The_Lizard said:
Based on a suggestion from a member, we've drawn up a list of clarifying questions regarding some strange or new noise your car is making.

We need details to help diagnose a problem or determine if it may be dangerous to drive the vehicle.

So, please provide as much of this information as you have:

A. When does the sound happen?

_ When engine is running
_ When transmission is in some particular gear
_ When turning
_ On throttle
_ When braking
_ Over bumps
_ In cold conditions
_ At speed - wind noise

B. Where does the sound come from?

_ Can't tell
_ Drivetrain
_ Suspension/wheels/brakes
_ Front
_ Rear
_ Body

C. Does the sound vary with some condition?

_ Engine/transmission rpm dependent
_ Wheel rpm dependent
_ Air speed/direction dependent
_ Varies according to some other condition

D. Is there a vibration associated with the noise?

_ Feel it through the floorpan or seat
_ Feel it through the steering wheel
_ Feel it through a pedal

E. Does it affect drive-ability? how? (Essay question, 2500 words or less)
 

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Re: Re: Basic noise-diagnostic questions

dave79 said:

Noisy gearbox (manual Dual range) the noise goes away when clutch is depressed but is present when driving in all gears. Also noisy when engine running, stationary in neutral. It is louder when accelerating than when on the over run. No problem with driveability. gearbox input shaft bearing and high/low bearings inspected and appear OK. new clutch release bearing fitted, still noisy.

Please help
 

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Thanks for the diagnostic quetsions - I would really appreciate any advice:

A. Rattle comes while driving on rough, but paved road.
B. Noise comes from the back and sound like the hatch is loose.
C. Sound does not vary other then only happens when pavement isn't smooth.
D. No vibration.
E. Does not affect drivability.

Any advice? My 07 has less then 25K miles and is still under warranty, but I need to take action soon if it's a warranty item.

THANKS!!
 

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Here is my question: my outback 2007 with automatic gearbox is making **** of a noise on reverse only. My friendly dealership finds nothing, brake maintenance has been performed, I think it is related to reverse gear, but when I got it rustproofed (in live in Quenec city, Canada) noiose disappeared for 2 months. Have any ideas ? thanks, Yves
 

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Strange Noise

I have a 2011 OB with 1100 miles on it. I have just developed a "ticking" sound which appears to be originating from the rear right. It gets faster and slower with acceleration. It almost sounds like something is flaping in the wind. Everything appears to be tight, but have not been to a dealer or underneath yet, as I am on a trip. Any ideas? I thought I might have a stone in a tire groove, but not so. Ideas and coments would be appreciated!
 

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Bad Bearing or something else?? I'm stumped!

A. When does the sound happen?

_ When engine is running: Yes
_ When transmission is in some particular gear: Either or N P D R...
_ When turning: Yes, turning left (sometimes)
_ On throttle: Sometimes
_ When braking: No
_ Over bumps: Sometimes
_ In cold conditions: Not as much I don't think
_ At speed - wind noise: Not really, <50kph

B. Where does the sound come from?

_ Can't tell: Left side of car outside, front wheel.
_ Drivetrain: No
_ Suspension/wheels/brakes: Brakes / Wheel area
_ Front: Yes
_ Rear: No
_ Body: No

C. Does the sound vary with some condition?

_ Engine/transmission rpm dependent: Not really
_ Wheel rpm dependent: Not really
_ Air speed/direction dependent: No
_ Varies according to some other condition: When hot it seems to come

D. Is there a vibration associated with the noise?

_ Feel it through the floorpan or seat: No
_ Feel it through the steering wheel: No
_ Feel it through a pedal: No

E. Does it affect drive-ability? how? (Essay question, 2500 words or less)

It doesn't it's simply squeaks when turning LEFT from the LEFT wheel at the FRONT. Don't forget my Subi's RHD not LHD. I suspected wheel bearing but the wheel is very sturdy on the axle, no play at all. It doesn't squek when in the air just when on ground. I listened and the most audible area where the high pitch squeak is is the front left wheel well (outside).

It's not continuous, more on off on off... like Squeak * * squeak * * squeak...
 

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A. When does the sound happen?

X When engine is running
_ When transmission is in some particular gear
_ When turning
X On throttle
_ When braking
_ Over bumps
_ In cold conditions
_ At speed - wind noise

B. Where does the sound come from?

_ Can't tell
_ Drivetrain
_ Suspension/wheels/brakes
_ Front
X Rear
_ Body

C. Does the sound vary with some condition?

X Engine/transmission rpm dependent
_ Wheel rpm dependent
_ Air speed/direction dependent
_ Varies according to some other condition

D. Is there a vibration associated with the noise?

Not that i can tell

E. Does it affect drive-ability? how?
No, it is a mystery rattle that occurs at 2500 rpm in any gear... sounds like metal on metal rattling noise coming from rear diff. a lot like a heat shield except i dont have any of those anymore.... any ideas on what it could be?
 

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Wheel bearing?
 

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A. When does the sound happen?

At first above 35-40 mph but now 25-30 mph

B. Where does the sound come from?


Rear: suspension / wheels / breaks

C. Does the sound vary with some condition?

Wheel rpm dependent - regardless of engine on/off or gear, right now it starts becoming noticable at 25 mph and increases in pitch as speed increases.

Yes i coasted down the highway last night with the engine and lights off (except hazards), just to find this out

D. Is there a vibration associated with the noise?

No

E. Does it affect drive-ability? how?

No, just concerning

Car has 82k. I just (visually) checked the CV joints, all the rear ones are fine (I had the front inner CV's done about 6 months back, also every thing was fine at 60 k inspection). Also jacked rear wheels up and rotated both rear wheels by hand. both wheels turned very slowly but the driver side was slightly louder then the passenger side. I am suspecting a wheel bearing but am unsure...

I drive ~70 miles a day to and from work, should I still be driving on this?
 

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I have a slight ringing noise which is associated with coasting or engine braking.

I know my pads are close to replacement. I thought they would be good for another 5K or so, but I have not had time to inspect them. I don't know what the pad wear indicators sound like, so don't know it this might be the cause. The noise is not always present when coasting or decel. It might be that it goes away with time since the last brake application, but I'm not sure. I can only hear it at highway speeds.

Does this sound like wear indicators, or something else?

Based on a suggestion from a member, we've drawn up a list of clarifying questions regarding some strange or new noise your car is making.

We need details to help diagnose a problem or determine if it may be dangerous to drive the vehicle.

So, please provide as much of this information as you have:

A. When does the sound happen?

_ When engine is running
_ When transmission is in some particular gear
_ When turning
_ On throttle
_ When braking
_ Over bumps
_ In cold conditions
_ At speed - wind noise

It is more noticable when coasting or engine braking. It seems to disapear or at least be reduced under acceleration or constant speed under load.

B. Where does the sound come from?

_ Can't tell
_ Drivetrain
_ Suspension/wheels/brakes
_ Front

I think it is from the front, but not sure

_ Rear
_ Body

C. Does the sound vary with some condition?

_ Engine/transmission rpm dependent
_ Wheel rpm dependent

It is speed dependent. If coasting, it does not change when the clutch is depressed.

_ Air speed/direction dependent
_ Varies according to some other condition

D. Is there a vibration associated with the noise? No

_ Feel it through the floorpan or seat
_ Feel it through the steering wheel
_ Feel it through a pedal

E. Does it affect drive-ability? how? (Essay question, 2500 words or less)

No.
 

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Basic noise and 100k maintenance question

Hello - I have a 2005 Legacy Wagon w/ 113000 miles(not an Outback, couldn't find that forum). To date I've had no issues (I'm knocking on all the wood I can find) but I've noticed the interior noise is getting louder and louder at highway speeds. No particular vibrations but it seems like it's coming from the axle/wheels. The tires have plenty of tread and have been rotated and the brakes are OK, could it be the wheel bearings? I live in Northern Virginia on a dirt road so there is some salt and plenty of dust.

Also I just took it to a local shop (who I THINK I trust) for the 100,000 maintenance and they suggested replacing the water pump. Including changing all fluids and belts, etc. it was about $1200 which included 10 hours of labor at $70/per. Previous 30,000 and 60,000 maintenances were in the 300 range so I thought this was a bit high.

Any suggestions? At $700 for labor I may try doing it myself...

Thanks, and yea I'm new.
 

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Hello - I have a 2005 Legacy Wagon w/ 113000 miles(not an Outback, couldn't find that forum). To date I've had no issues (I'm knocking on all the wood I can find) but I've noticed the interior noise is getting louder and louder at highway speeds. No particular vibrations but it seems like it's coming from the axle/wheels. The tires have plenty of tread and have been rotated and the brakes are OK, could it be the wheel bearings? I live in Northern Virginia on a dirt road so there is some salt and plenty of dust.

Also I just took it to a local shop (who I THINK I trust) for the 100,000 maintenance and they suggested replacing the water pump. Including changing all fluids and belts, etc. it was about $1200 which included 10 hours of labor at $70/per. Previous 30,000 and 60,000 maintenances were in the 300 range so I thought this was a bit high.

Any suggestions? At $700 for labor I may try doing it myself...

Thanks, and yea I'm new.
My 05 outback had a very similar issue (load noise that changed in pitch with speed above 30mph) and it turned out to be the rear wheel bearings @ ~80 k miles. The dealership was even able to diagnose it over the phone from my description. Turns out this is covered by a Subaru extended warranty (which I think is 100k, 60 k past normal) as a manufacturer's defect. I would def. see a Subaru expert or dealership.
 

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Couple of sounds have begun recently. A squeal when the engine is started in cold conditions, a slight rattle like a nut is loose, and I can hear the water moving around. All of these are at start up and warm up though they seem to go away after a few minutes of driving.

A. When does the sound happen?

1) When engine is started in cold (well, mid- atlantic cold) conditions.
2) While warming up in all conditions.

B. Where does the sound come from?

Engine compartment. (both)

C. Does the sound vary with some condition?

1) Engine/transmission rpm dependent
2) Goes away after warm up.

D. Is there a vibration associated with the noise?

1) Slight rattle from the engine compartment that goes away after the engine is warm.
2) No.

E. Does it affect drive-ability? how?

1) Just concerning. Don't want anything falling off now.
2) I'm not sure.

Thanks.
 

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I have a slight ringing noise which is associated with coasting or engine braking.

I know my pads are close to replacement. I thought they would be good for another 5K or so, but I have not had time to inspect them. I don't know what the pad wear indicators sound like, so don't know it this might be the cause. The noise is not always present when coasting or decel. It might be that it goes away with time since the last brake application, but I'm not sure. I can only hear it at highway speeds.

Does this sound like wear indicators, or something else?
Wear indicators, almost certainly. Replace your pads.
 

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Based on a suggestion from a member, we've drawn up a list of clarifying questions regarding some strange or new noise your car is making.

We need details to help diagnose a problem or determine if it may be dangerous to drive the vehicle.

So, please provide as much of this information as you have:

A. When does the sound happen?

_ When engine is running - yes
_ When transmission is in some particular gear - Drive
_ When turning - dependent on speed
_ On throttle - when cruising, engine drown out noise when accelerating
_ When braking - loud grinding noise
_ Over bumps - sounds like when the car is dipping it gets louder
_ In cold conditions - not affecting
_ At speed - wind noise - about 50-80km/h 30-40mph

B. Where does the sound come from?

_ Can't tell - somewhere under the back seat
_ Drivetrain
_ Suspension/wheels/brakes
_ Front
_ Rear
_ Body

C. Does the sound vary with some condition? No

_ Engine/transmission rpm dependent
_ Wheel rpm dependent
_ Air speed/direction dependent
_ Varies according to some other condition

D. Is there a vibration associated with the noise?

_ Feel it through the floorpan or seat - can feel it in the floor.
_ Feel it through the steering wheel
_ Feel it through a pedal

E. Does it affect drive-ability? how? (Essay question, 2500 words or less)
Not really but I'm not game to drive it as hard as I like to because of this. Have had a few opinions from friends ranging from wheel alignments to diff oil. It's a 04/05 model H6 3.0R auto.

Any advice is most welcome thanks.

Oh and the car has just hit 270000 km and has had regular service. It has been caught in a flood up to the top of the wheel arches.
 

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Whining noise... maybe a belt?

It may not be exactly a 'whining' noise, but I can't figure out how to describe it. It's maybe more of a faint knocking noise mixed with a whine, and it's only when I'm going very slow. And just today (after I originally posted this), I noticed a strange pause when I'm starting up the car, after it turns over, it's like it hesitates and makes that noise when you turn the key after the engine is already started (we all know that noise, right?)

A. When does the sound happen?

X When engine is running
X When transmission is in some particular gear
- Mostly when backing up, like out of a parking spot (loudest) or my driveway. But I also hear it at low speeds when making tight turns in a parking lot, etc.
X When turning
_ On throttle
_ When braking
_ Over bumps
_ In cold conditions
_ At speed - wind noise

B. Where does the sound come from?

_ Can't tell
_ Drivetrain
_ Suspension/wheels/brakes
X Front
_ Rear
_ Body

C. Does the sound vary with some condition?

X Engine/transmission rpm dependent
- Stops when I'm going more than 5-10 mph, i.e. accelerating through a curve. Otherwise, it happens any time of day, any temperature (keep in mind, I live in the desert and it's always hot now)
_ Wheel rpm dependent
_ Air speed/direction dependent
_ Varies according to some other condition

D. Is there a vibration associated with the noise?
- No.
_ Feel it through the floorpan or seat
_ Feel it through the steering wheel
_ Feel it through a pedal

E. Does it affect drive-ability? how? (Essay question, 2500 words or less)
- No. It sounds like it might be a belt going... but that's purely speculation/assumption. It's just a noise - does not effect driving whatsoever, but I want to make sure that fact doesn't change.

Thanks for any help!

Jen :)
 
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