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Whining when in reverse

The vehicle makes a loud whining noise when it is put into reverse. When the brakes are applied the sound stops. When the vehicle is put into drive, it does not make the noise.

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  • Anonymous Nov 19, 2008

    i have a '99 forester that does the same thing, and i'm not sure what it is. it seems like when i'm pulling out of a parking place with a sharp turn it does it.

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SOURCE: Speed related whine

Just a possible check is first check your power steering fluid. When it runs low it can make the front end do many weird things. Also check if the front rotors are very warm. If I am correct to understand you have a 96 not a 2002. If so, they have dual piston calipers, which sometimes will hang one piston and apply the brake pad at an angle which will make them drag and wobble the calipers and rotors and give you a rough feel through the wheel. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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SOURCE: When i put it in reverse it makes a loud clunk

Hi Ali,

This sounds like one or more of your motor/powerplant mounts is broken. Here is an easy test:

Have someone sit in the driver's sear with engine running and trans. in Park.
You stand in front with the hood open. Have them shift from Park to Reverse, and then Drive and back to Reverse and Park, taking time to stay in each gear and give some throttle while holding the brake pedal tight. This will rock or move the engine a certain amount as they shift through the gears and apply power lightly. It will move alot more violently with broken mounts.

If you have a clunking noise on Reverse shifts, you should be able reproduce this with the hood up and pinpoint the noise and/or sight the faulty motor mount with a friend's help. Good luck, I hope this puts you on the right track to fixing this annoying noise.

Sincerely, Tater Todd

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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SOURCE: 2004 Subaru Outback wagon H6 3.0 transmission problems

my friend had a similar problem and needed a new tranny, try taking it to a transmittion shop they will advise for free most of the time, might need tranny,good luck.

Posted on Mar 15, 2009

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SOURCE: whining noise in reverse

its a normal sound nothing to worry about every car does it that is front wheel drive

Posted on Mar 22, 2009

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SOURCE: Heater fan has stopped blowing. Just before this

From you're description I'd say the blower moter has
cooked a bearing. Check fuse #1 and #2 both are 15amp. They're in the fuse block behind the coin tray
on the lower left side of the dash. They usually go first if the bl moter locks up. To do a quick test unplug the bl moter, located behind the right side of
the dash. Turn the fan switch off and replace the fuses. Plug the blower in and turn it on, if it pop's the
fuses again replace the blower moter. Hope this helps.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010

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