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My subaru impreza judders and is noisy when turning

When the car is put into full lock when sharp turning (either direction) it judders and makes muffled banging noises which apper to come from the front end of the car, its a 4wd automatic and drives and handles like a dream until the full lock is put on its just passed a full M.O.T. and i had it in a local garage for a full week, the mechanic tested it for all the obvious faults checking drive shafts ect but couldnt cure the problem he can find nothing wrong although he admits something is so all i got was a labour bill for the diagnostic/fault finding work he had undertaken and a car that still has this problem, has anyone any idea what could be causing this, somebody might have experienced the same problem with a subaru impreza and may just know what the problem is, the mechanic thinks its nothing major , but there is a problem can anyone help me? thanks Rob.

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  • fanless Feb 17, 2009

    I drive my wife's automatic Impreza this morning and noticed the same thing. It must have got worse because I thought I noticed something last time I drove it but could not put my finger on what it was.
    It is only a wild guess, but it feels like the wheels want to travel at a different speeds because of the tight steering lock, but the diff is not letting them.
    Maybe the diff is locking up earlier/more than it should. Our Impreza is a 1995 but only has 65K miles on it. I don't know if they have some adjustment or fluid in the diff that might need changing.

  • DeBoyWonder May 11, 2010

    What size wheels are on the car?



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