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Crunching noise I have a 2000 Forester, and when I turn sharply it makes a crunching noise. I have repalced the Half shaft 3 times. The first 2 were after market ones, which the store told me they have a 40 percent falure rate. So I when and got one from subaru dealer. It is like when you drive a 4 wheel drive vehicle on dry pavement. The wheels are out of sink. I think just on that side. I replace the front passenger side. Do you have any Ideas. Thanks Nathna

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  • nathanr64 Aug 21, 2008

    I dont know if the wheel bearing is bad, I though of that. I did have problems with the rear wheel bearing in the past, but is didn't act like this. As I said this is the 3rd transaxle I have put in the car, and this one is from Subaru. They **** no problems with there Transaxles.

  • nathanr64 Aug 26, 2008

    IS the boxer motor an interference motor?

  • leon149 Oct 07, 2008

    I have a 2001 Subaru Forester S Premium package, automatic. I take excellent care of this car but unfortunately it has had quite a few problems over the past few years. The car is currently making a "crunching" sound when I first start out (when the car is "cold"...not sure how cold a car can get in Southeast Florida). The noise sounds like it is coming from the rear right (passenger) side.  When I make right hand turns it makes a crunching/something is rubbing is NOT the wheel bearing...I know what that sounds like since I had them replaced three times (once on rear driver and twice on rear passenger side). After a few minutes it goes away. I had a Subaru dealer look at it and an independent mechanic look at it and they could not find anything wrong. Now about six weeks later the noise is starting to happen when driving straight (and with right turns) but still disappears after a few minutes of driving. Anyone have anything similar happen to them?

  • leon149 Oct 07, 2008

    The 2001 Subaru Forester S Premium automatic: Sorry...forgot to add that the car has about 95,500 miles on it... it also had the catalytic converter replaced on it a few months ago before the noise started and had rear brakes done after the noise started (Subaru dealership said they didn't hear the noise and didn't see anything wrong...but I need breaks...)



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Dumb question - are you sure the wheel bearing isn't bad?

The only remaining possibility I know, is an impending failure of the transaxle; not a happy prospect.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008

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    Steve Allison Aug 22, 2008

    The transaxle is the combined transmission and differential for front wheel drive vehicles.

    From your description, you have been replacing half-axles.

    > I did have problems with the rear wheel bearing in the past, but is didn't act like this.

    A failing front wheel bearing will absolutely act differently than that in the rear.

    Since our Subarus operate primarily as front wheel drive vehicles when traction is good, and the front wheels are busy doing both pulling the car as well as allowing directional control, they are under far more stress than the rear wheels which just have to follow along.

    Good luck -



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