('03-'05) Help! Trouble locating front end noise. - Subaru Forester Owners Forum
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Evansville, IN
Posts: 4
Car Year: 2003
Car Model: Forester
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Help! Trouble locating front end noise.

Hey guys, I hate that this is my first post, but I'm having some problems with my '03 Forester. The front end is making the strange metallic clicking(?) sound. I was having a look under the car and the ball joints were shot. replaced them, the noise still persisted. figured it was a CV axle, so I took it to a trusted shop and asked them to take a look. they said they replaced them, but now that I'm looking at my receipt I've noticed that it only says front right axle... Wheel bearings have also been replaced and the front brake pads are new. I've been reading around on the forums for about a weak trying to figure it out but it's kind of difficult to decipher the difference between grinds, clunks, thumps. I Have a video clip. Let me know what you think!



Lurkerlife is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 07:49 PM
Forum Member
 
SEŅOR SUBARU's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Eastern Long Island, New York
Posts: 343
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: base model
Transmission: manual 6 speed
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Welcome to the forum from Long island, NY


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

SEŅOR SUBARU is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 03:12 AM
Forum Member
 
dave5358's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: North Bend
Posts: 3,089
Car Year: 2006
Car Model: XT
Transmission: 4EAT
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lurkerlife View Post
Hey guys, I hate that this is my first post, but I'm having some problems with my '03 Forester. The front end is making the strange metallic clicking(?) sound.
Welcome to the forum from Dayton - birthplace of Aviation (and the radar detector)

You are already checking bearings, axles, joints, rotating parts - all the things that a sensible person would check. But Subaru engineers have included a few mystery parts that also make noises. Chief among these is the fuel line dampers - two small, silver dollar-sized, round gizmos located near the driver's side wheel well. They're black, near the center of the picture. They look vaguely like a man's hat:



Occasionally, these dampers get noisy. It's easy to hear this noise inside the vehicle . . . but hard to hear standing next to a running engine with the hood up. You can check for this (and maybe eliminate this from your list) by taking a long metal rod (socket extension, long screwdriver, ???) and touch one end to the damper. Press the other end of the rod against your lips. If they're 'clicking' it will be immediately obvious. This same technique works well locating the source of other sounds coming from a running engine.

If it is a noisy damper, the only fix is replacement. The price is your first born - they are @#$%^& expensive.

BoxerFest 2015 Best Custom License Plate: EVO LOL
dave5358 is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 11:11 AM
スーパー モデレーター
 
2.5x_sleeper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Newberg, OR
Posts: 26,775
Car Year: 2007
Car Model: Forester Sports XT
Transmission: 4EAT
Feedback Score: 41 reviews
Have you checked the front sway bar endlinks to see if they've come apart?

Take a look at the write up in my Member Journal: Front passenger side endlink failure!

Bobby...

['07 FSXT MODding Journal] ['03 X MODding Journal]

'07 FSXT - COBB Surgeline dyno stock Protune - Stage 1+
'03 X +AVO turbo kit = XT (son's)
'95 Neon Sport
2.5x_sleeper is online now  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 01:02 PM
Forum Member
 
bogieboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: fingerlakes NY
Posts: 47
Car Year: 03
Car Model: forester 2.5x
Transmission: 4 eat
Garage
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
manual trans or auto? if auto try popping a 15A fuse in the FWD slot (top left of the engine compartment fuse box) and se if it goes away... wonder if its classic subie torque bind?

bogieboy
bogieboy is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Evansville, IN
Posts: 4
Car Year: 2003
Car Model: Forester
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
UPDATE: Replaced the drivers side CV axle today and the noise is gone! But now I'm noticing a clunk as I go over bumps on the same wheel.. the town I live in has terrible roads. What do you guys think it could it be?
Lurkerlife is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 06:51 PM
Forum Member
 
sa_lontoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Florida
Posts: 208
Car Year: 2003
Car Model: 2.5X
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Might just need to check and tightened you front end links.

2003 Forester 2.5X Auto
sa_lontoc is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Subaru Forester Owners Forum > Technical Forums and Vehicle Assistance > Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 

Title goes here

close
video goes here
description goes here. Read Full Story
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome
 


Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1