Long time lurker, first time poster. And I need help.
My wife's '09 Forester with 5MT is making a noise that neither I nor my mechanic can identify.
It's like a low metalic-ish scraping sound. Not a grind, more of a low scrape. I tried to capture it on a video here:
Subie noise - YouTube
but it's very hard to hear on the video. Please turn your volume up pretty high. At about the 2 second mark I push in the clutch so you can hear a little better. Unfortunately in the video it probably just sounds like road/tire noise. But it's very apparent when you're in the car.
It happens moving forward or backward.
Applying the brakes doesn't change it.
It doesn't really increase in noise or pitch with speed, but you have to be moving to hear it. It's pretty constant.
Turning the steering wheel makes no difference.
Clutch in or out makes no difference.
If you clutch in and rev the engine that makes no difference.
It sounds like it's coming from the front. The best way I could describe it was if you were to drag a really thick piece of cardboard along the ground while moving.
We've checked the brakes, wheel bearings, tires, transmission fluid is new and clean.
I'm guessing we're going to have the transmission and xfers cases pulled apart.
But it's really weird that it doesn't change with the speed, but once you're moving you hear it.
Anyone have any ideas?