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Possible centre diff bearing going?


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Hi all well it seems a noise I've got with the car could be a bearing in and around the gearbox area. TBH I'm a bit gutted if it is. The noise sounds like a grinding kinda noise. Might be a bad description for noise, i first thought it was turbo spool, sound like something spinning, but not smoothly. More noticeable a 30mph or more, happens in every gear, in a straight line, round corners, everywhere really. But only happens when you touch the accelerator even the slightest touch of the pedal. Also I was doing about 40mph and took it out of gear with clutch engaged and you could hear it. Stationary, nothing. I've spoken to Alan Jeffries at Plymouth, who seems to be my closest Subaru specialist (2 hours away), unless someone knows any where else I can go, I'm in west dorset. They have said bring it down so they can road test it. That's great but should I drive it that far? I'm gonna go to another garage next week to try and get a second opinion, but part of me still thinks it something else. Can anyone offer any ideas/help??

 

 

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Just dropped her off, and they confirmed my suspicion. A bearing in the gearbox. He said it doesn't seem to bad. The tell tell sign was a bit of black on base of plastic on the gearbox dip stick and the smell of the oil. Hope that helps anyone else trying to diagnose similar problem. So I'm having the gearbox sent of for a full refurb. Having clutch checked and replaced if needed. Couple weeks and she'll be back on the road to terrorise the holiday makers lol

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At some point my gearbox is to come out, the rear crank shaft oil seal is leaking a bit.. I've got some seal conditioner in with the oil at the min which has slowed it down for now. Has he quoted you a price if I might ask? 

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Price quotes for taking it out and putting back in £200. I've had that same price from a few places. Recon the gearbox, depends what needs doing to it. Could be £300 could be £900. Then factor in a new clutch if needed and I think I'm looking at £1500, I did think of a 6 speed conversion, but you could easily double that. This way I'll have a nearly new gearbox. So happy days

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