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I was backing out today and heard a nasty sound from my front drivers tire (like a dragging sound), I popped off my wheel and noticed this leaking from the middle of the hub.

Can anyone tell me what this is?
 

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I'm not sure the 2 are related, unless that is grease is being forced out because the wheel bearing ate itself.
 

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does it feel watery and gritty? might just be some rusty condensation.


Did you spin the wheel and hear any noise?

plenty of material left on the brakes pads (outer AND inner?)
 

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I didn't spin the wheel once the tire was off. I checked my pads and I had more material on the inner than the outer. I didn't measure that but it looked like 1/2" inner and 1/4" outer. My brakes have been squealing for quite sometime, though.

I wasn't able to reproduce the dragging sound once I left the particular parking lot I was in. But now, I'm just more concerned with this leaking grease. I didnt touch it but it wasn't flowing like watery condensation - just seemed like goo.

Is the bearing supposed to have that bend in it?
 

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I didn't spin the wheel once the tire was off. I checked my pads and I had more material on the inner than the outer. I didn't measure that but it looked like 1/2" inner and 1/4" outer. My brakes have been squealing for quite sometime, though.

I wasn't able to reproduce the dragging sound once I left the particular parking lot I was in. But now, I'm just more concerned with this leaking grease. I didnt touch it but it wasn't flowing like watery condensation - just seemed like goo.

Is the bearing supposed to have that bend in it?
The nut holding the rotor/bearings is staked. That is how it is kept from coming loose. The grease seems to indicate that the bearing seal has failed, and it should be a unit sealed bearing, so the bearing itself has likely failed/overheated. How many miles?

Regardless, this needs immediate attention. Good Luck.
 

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that nut hols the half-axle into the hub. It's appearance is normal.

Your uneven brake wear may not be the cause of the noise, but may indicate some slider pins or other items need to be cleaned and lubed - or perhaps a more seruius issue with the caliper, caliper bracket, w'ever.


You could do searches here for more info and begin troubleshooting all the possible causes of noise from a wheel, but if you are not a DIY'er, taking it to someone with expertise is probably best.
 

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With 38K on the car, it is still under warranty. Call your dealership and have them come pick it up and fix it.
 

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With 38K on the car, it is still under warranty. Call your dealership and have them come pick it up and fix it.
umm, bumper-to-bumper is 3 year/36,000 miles. He MIGHT find his dealer will cover it on goodwill, but he's 2,000 miles beyond the warranty unless he has an extended warranty.
 

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does the goop feel oily or watery?

maybe take a look at the other side too, for comparison.
 

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umm, bumper-to-bumper is 3 year/36,000 miles. He MIGHT find his dealer will cover it on goodwill, but he's 2,000 miles beyond the warranty unless he has an extended warranty.

Wheel bearings are covered under the "Transaxle and Differential" section of the Powertrain warranty. So he has a ways to go until he hits the 60,000 miles of the Powertrain warranty. If the seals did break, then it is covered. Subaru would also be liable for having to tow it.

https://www.subaru.com/my-subaru/warranties-2010.html
 

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Thats good to know. I did take off the other front wheel last night and it was not leaking or anything. It did have the little notch that looked bent so confirmed that is normal. guess I'll be making an appointment.

Am I the only one that has to use a screwdriver to turn my jack handle? I feel like I'm missing a tool.
 

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You will probably find that the jack handle has an insert in it that goes in the slot to release the jack.
 

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jack tools are an afterthought and some manufacturers get kinda creative on placement.

plus, it seems they forgot to list number 3 anyway!
 

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Sorry user311, thought you were talking about a trolley jack. Oops.
 
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