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Drive train is getting loud in town and on freeway, differential?

I've noticed that driving around in my 1998 Subaru Forester there is a sound that is louder and louder depending on how fast I travel and sounds like it's coming from the rear of the vehicle. It sounds as if it needs some grease or lubrication, not a grinding or mechanical sound. Does anyone know what this comes from? I haven't really noticed any performance issues other than the sound.

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  • squidbox Feb 11, 2009

    good to hear. I'm going to have it looked at with that in mind. Cheers!

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Sounds like you have a bad wheel bearing. This is common in Subarus. It actually gets louder with the speed of the car and can go bad in the front driver/passenger sides or both rear sides. A wheelbearing can cost around 69.00 at an auto store, just specify if its front or rear and see if you can find a good friend/mechanic to replace it for you. My brother has done all of mine in all my subarus, very familiar with the sound you describe, its like an airplane taking off.
Good Luck.

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