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Greetings,

I took my 2005 Outback XT to the dealership to have both rear wheel bearings replaced due to a recall. I was given a laundry list of "problems" with my car. I declined service and took the list to my trusty local mechanic. One of the issues identified was "Rear Differential Brace Broken". My mechanic could not find this. My mechanic is not a subaru/foreign specialist, but he is experienced and I do trust him.

What I would like to ask the forum is this: is it possible that my mechanic missed a broken rear differential brace or was the dealership misleading, confused, whatever?

A little background:
other issues the dealership discovered: needs both front right CV boots, both front lower control arm bushings & alignment, both valve cover gaskets leaking, all 4 sunroof drains need cleaning [leaking badly](at $424)
I had my guy go over all these things. We ended up clearing the drains ($90) and replacing the whole axle assembly. He did see tiny cracks in, I believe it was the gaskets, but he said it was nothing to worry about yet. And I'm not sure what he said about the bushings. He lubed the suspension.

I have been hearing a rattle prior to all this work while driving 20 - 30 mph, on an imperfect road. Not too bumpy, none too smooth. Not speed bumps. It sounds like it is coming from the front, but I'm not completely sure of it. I cannot tell if there is a varying condition such as higher speeds, but I just got the bearings fixed, so I assume I'll be able to hear more. There is no vibration associated with this noise. This does not affect drive-ability, but it is worrisome and I don't think there should be so much noise from the car. And it seems to have lessened since the recent work, but is still present. Is this the mysterious broken brace?

Thanks to all for considering my question,
Jen
2.5 XT, automatic, turbo, 68,327 miles
 

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Thanks everyone for your input. It is a relief to know that those braces are difficult to break completely.

I'll look up cardoc and see if he can help me out!

You all rock!
 
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