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  1. Hello - new to this forum - all looks good so far. Need some advice please: 2007 2.5 SE manual outback making a real werring noise from the back (my wife describes its as having a motor bike behind you the whole time). Starts in around 30mph the gets louder as you go faster and its slowly getting worse. So far I have tried: 1. Checking the centre bearing on the prop shaft: Turns freely - not that 2. Changing the passenger side rear wheel bearing (hub assembly) - where the it sounded like it was coming from if you sat in the back - not that. Now wondering if it is A. Other rear wheel bearing, B. one of the drive shaft joints (unlikely - all 4 CV rubber boots like fine) or C. The differential. Tempted just to swap out the diff. as a precaution BUT not sure if the many diffs from gen 3 outback diesels listed on Ebay are correct for this 2.5 SE manual.Is there a listing anywhere for diff. part numbers to model / year? Is there a fool proof way of sorting out a noisy differential form a failing wheel bearing ? Don't want to start a 'money pit' round of swapping out parts needlessly but do need to get this fixed. So any advice or guidance would be much appreciated. PS: Generally well impressed by the elegance of the design of these cars.
  2. So our XV (2012) has just hit 70,000 miles and a couple months ago one of the rear wheel bearings started to go bad. It was just before the Mot and I didn't have time to deal with it so let the Mot garage do the work. To get a subaru part was going to cost ~£180+vat so they ended up fitting an aftermarket part for around £120 + 2 hours labour. Anyway fast forward a couple months and the other side starts to rumble. I managed to get a subaru one from ebay for the price of an aftermarket one, and with some spare time thought I'd have a go myself. Last weekend I watched a few YouTube videos and started taking things apart. All went well until the final removal of the assembly. That thing would not budge! I spent a couple hours trying everything to get it out with no luck. As time was marching on and my wife needed the car the next day I soaked what I could with penetrating spray, cut my losses and put it all back together. Fast forward to today. Having a better understanding of what I was getting myself into I went down to my friends unit so we could use the lift and have a better go at it. To start with we tried the same deal, put the 4 bolts through loosely from the back and hit them with a hammer. No go. Put everything back together loosely and roll car back and forward left and right to try and break the rust. No go. Three prong puller on the drive shaft/axle. I stopped when I thought I was going to wreck the CV joint. In the end we had to release the two non pillow /ball connections to the suspension (of a toltal 4) so we could get enough movement of the hub to pull the axle out. After that, bolt it all together again to hold it firm. We then tried another puller but couldn't get anything solid to pull against. Eventually it came down to getting the biggest socket we could onto the back of the housing and hitting it as hard as we could again and again. Anyway, once it popped out, I cleaned up the rust put a large amount of copper grease on and put the new one in. So in short. If you have some rust on your car, don't trust the YouTube videos, and be prepared to get some use out your big hammer. If it doesn't go easily you might have to go to pound town on it. 💪
  3. hello My 2.0x 2003 forester is noisier than you might expect, a hum from the rear and a whining noise when taking a rightwards curve above 35mph. I suspect the rear nearside left wheel bearing is partially to blame. I have some concerns about the rear diff too but the chap from the garage has his doubts about that. The car has had a saggy bottom for 5 years and I wondered if that may have increased the drive wear? Anyway, I've asked my local garage to change the rear springs and the wheel bearing. Latest. They have aborted the planned wheel bearing change. Apparently a pin they need to free is seized and they fear that applying more force would probably cost us an ABS sensor, a back plate, and who knows what else.... They suggested I lived with the noise. I don't think this is a good long term solution. I don't know what is the best way forward... suggestions please.
  4. I popped around a family members earlier to show them the scoob (they liked it btw) anyhow when I decided to go home I stuck it in reverse and set off the driveway before I applied the brakes to put it back into 1st I thought I heard grinding, had a quick look around everything seemed fine so continued with the short drive home about 1 mile later the grinding came back, it was coming from read drivers side wheel, I haven't managed to take a look since but the grinding wasn't a constant thing and seemed more so when no throttle applied any ideas where I should look 1st? I'm thinking check for stones inbetween the brake shield and disc but I would also asume I'd hear the grinding all the time