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Cause of noise in front differential of 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback.

I have a noisy front differential in my 1997 Subaru legacy Outback automatic when accelerating. I am wondering if the fluid level is low and if so how do I check it?

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  • petercflyer Apr 24, 2009

    I'm not sure wether you are refering to the front or rear differential. There are two shaft sides to the front differential and three to the rear. I looked under the front differential and all I saw was a drain plug. How high up would it be?

  • petercflyer Apr 25, 2009

    After much searching I found a dipstick on top of the front differential. It was hidden under the airbox and other plumbing. I guess it must be the bad CV joint that's making the noise.

    Peter

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There is a plug on the shaft-side of the differential. Using a ratchet remove the plug and with the engine OFF, stick your finger inside the hole and you should get fluid just below the threads of where the plug goes in.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

  • Mark L. Roberts Jr.
    Mark L. Roberts Jr. Apr 24, 2009

    Drain plug should be a little past half way up.

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