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At 60/70 mph offside front wheel feels lumpy wheels have been balanced

When travelling at 60/70 MPH front offside feels like travelling over rumble strips; wheels have been balanced.

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There are a couple of causes, and the solutions in order of cost are to first change the gear oil in the front and rear differentials and drive a few miles, then the transmission filter and fluid. finally consider "the infamous torque bind" as detailed at, but a '91 is very likely to have been resolved by changing the differential fluid.

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SOURCE: subaru vibration

I had similar problem with my '99 outback. Replaced the front half shafts and seemed much better. A few months later seemed to be comming back so replaced the driver side shaft again and the problem disappeared. I had put in rebuilt shafts and the driver side shaft was not rebuilt correctly.

Posted on May 01, 2009

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SOURCE: vibrating steering wheel when the speed is above 70 mph

The wheel having been rotated to the rear of the car would eliminate it as the problem. I believe you may have 'tweeked' something when you hit the curb. Have a front end alignment. This would reveal if anything was damaged when the curb was hit, and it might just be in need of an adjustment to solve the problem. If a component was damaged, the tech should know when doing the alignment. Let me know how you make out.

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SOURCE: 1999 Subaru Forester has developed a shake when

Auto or 5-speed?
Subarus have CV axles in front and back. And a drive shaft from the center differential of the transmission to the back differential.

Yes, it could be the drive shaft or axle. If you turn the car hard left or right do you hear any noises - usually a 'clicking' sound? This is likely a CV axle in front.

Check the fluid in the transmission (Automatic) (info is in the Owner's Manual) to make sure it's full and/or gear oil in the front differential.

If it's an Automatic transmission, the fluid may need changed - NOT FLUSHED - if it has more than 30K miles since last changed.

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SOURCE: My 2005 subaru legacy outback

loose bolts somewhere in the front end? you have had lots of work done there. wheel weights can fall off or a rim can be difficult to balance?

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