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Problem with transaxle?

I have a 2002 Subarue Outback Impreza - For the last year, when I would turn the wheel right or left the car would go thump... thump.. thump...like something wrong with the wheels. I had both cv joints replaced on both sides. Problem still persisted - now I have a loud grating noise when I am driving (have sinced stopped driving) - can't seem to place where the noise is coming from - thought it was possibly the wheel bearings - they are fine. I am thinking it might be problems with my transaxle. Please help?

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Sounds like your suspention struts are rubbing against the body.Bearings collapesed at the top,Creating the grinding noise.Hope that helps best of luck pippall.

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Have the 4X4 transfer case fluid changed and a bottle of friction modifier added, sounds like the clutches are sticking, if that doesn't correct the problem then the transfer case will need to be overhauled

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