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In the last couple days i noticed my outback making a sort of whirring noise when the steering wheel is turned all the way (either way), or at seemingly random times when accelerating/slowing down.

I noticed this a day or two after I had the transmission and Differentials serviced. I don't know if the dealer possibly did something wrong that could cause the problem or if that is just coincidental timing.


The engine has 174,000 miles on it if that helps, don't know if there may have been something that the previous owner forgot to service that is starting to break down.

Apart from that I don't really know much else off the top of my head that stands out. The power steering fluid is low but last i checked it was still within the lines.

Thank you for your help
 

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I had the exact same issue and decided to just swap out my regular PS fluid for Royal Purple synthetic- noise gone. It could be a lot of things like internal seals going or maybe air- but top off your fluid to spec level cold and then let the car get warmed up and with the hood up and drivers window down, turn the steering wheel full R and full L and see how much, if any, your fluid level is dropping. Also check for leaks.
 

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Well I put some more power steering fluid in and the noise seems to have went away.

However found some bad news, apparently the front left CV boot had a catastrophic failure in the last week. When i was changing the oil i saw it was just leaking everywhere. Oddly it doesn't make the clicking noise that usually comes with it.

Sucks, now i have to pay $300-400 for a new cv boot or axle :(
 

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Well I put some more power steering fluid in and the noise seems to have went away.

However found some bad news, apparently the front left CV boot had a catastrophic failure in the last week. When i was changing the oil i saw it was just leaking everywhere. Oddly it doesn't make the clicking noise that usually comes with it.

Sucks, now i have to pay $300-400 for a new cv boot or axle :(
first - if you mean the boot is split - that is not really catastrophic.

You have 2 immediate choices ;

1. fix it (but wait - you have options with this choice, see below)

2. Drive it - they will last a LOOONG lime before failure, save up for a good axle or, rebuild one from the junkyard to have ready for the swap when required.



If you are not a DIY'er, just know that an axle swap is not strictly a dealer job - most decent independent mechs can do this in their sleep so, you might price it around.

As for sources for the axle - consider the following;

best is probably a new OEM axle - but it is WAY too expensive for most folks

next is probably rebuilding your own - messy buy not too difficult

next is probably a rebuilt soob axle from MWE

next is probably an axle from EMPI (this is what I did) or maybe Raxles.com

next is probably a rebuilt from a dealer - folks say they are OK

on par with above, and axle from a local rebuilder - I've had OK luck with one here, but i suspect it's gonna be variable around the nation

LAST is typical rebuilts from O'reilly's, Autozone, etc. yeah, you might get a good one, but MANY people get bad ones.
 

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first - if you mean the boot is split - that is not really catastrophic.

You have 2 immediate choices ;

1. fix it (but wait - you have options with this choice, see below)

2. Drive it - they will last a LOOONG lime before failure, save up for a good axle or, rebuild one from the junkyard to have ready for the swap when required.



If you are not a DIY'er, just know that an axle swap is not strictly a dealer job - most decent independent mechs can do this in their sleep so, you might price it around.

As for sources for the axle - consider the following;

best is probably a new OEM axle - but it is WAY too expensive for most folks

next is probably rebuilding your own - messy buy not too difficult

next is probably a rebuilt soob axle from MWE

next is probably an axle from EMPI (this is what I did) or maybe Raxles.com

next is probably a rebuilt from a dealer - folks say they are OK

on par with above, and axle from a local rebuilder - I've had OK luck with one here, but i suspect it's gonna be variable around the nation

LAST is typical rebuilts from O'reilly's, Autozone, etc. yeah, you might get a good one, but MANY people get bad ones.
I'm not much of a DIY'er yet, I'm trying my best to learn and do stuff on my own, but I don't want to try something as big as an axle replacement yet. And I don't have the tools to do it anyways.

However you are right about independent mechanics, they are a lot cheaper than the dealers. I made an appointment with a Subaru specialist( But not a dealer) that a couple people have recommended to me.

They are going replace it with a new OEM Subaru axle for $185 including labor. The dealers I called were charging anywhere from $380-500 for the same thing.
 
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