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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-13-2011, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Random Front End Vibration NOT FIXED!!!

Okay, so I got YodaRu worked on, and apparently the AT light is fixed, but the car still vibrates under acceleration. Does not vibrate all the time, but just under acceleration, and sometimes does not vibrate but a little and sometimes worse. Anyone had any issues with this? PLEASE, tell me what to do. I don't have hardly any money to spend on this, and can't afford to just pay for this and that, hoping to get lucky with a fix. I need to know, in a nutshell, what this could be as nearly as possible before I fork out any more money. Again, here are the symptoms:

1. Steering wheel does not shake when coasting.
2. Steering wheel shakes at random times upon acceleration.
3. Steering wheel shake upon acceleration is sometimes light, and sometimes harder, and is visible (can see the shaking and feel it in the steering wheel).

ANY help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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I would suspect a CV/axle or wheel bearing. I'd jack the car up and see if the wheel moves around, if so its probably a wheel bearing.

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Thanks for the reply. I asked the lady I bought the car from for some documentation about what she's had done to the car. According to her mechanic's printouts, she's had two or three axles replaced, both on the front and possibly one on the rear (can't tell, the print-out is cut off) since 2009. She's also had a bearing replaced, but again I can't tell which wheel it was on on the printout.

Would one of the axle go out again that fast? Within two years? I'm going to get a four wheel alignment next week, and have them check it out more to see if they can narrow it down.

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If the axle was a cheap one it could fail again, I have dealt with that on Hondas before so I bet someone makes a cheap replacement for subaru's that a mechanic could have bought and installed. If the boot is torn it could fail pretty quickly if driven in dirt or deep water to where dirt/water gets in the split/torn boot.

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If the axle was a cheap one it could fail again, I have dealt with that on Hondas before so I bet someone makes a cheap replacement for subaru's that a mechanic could have bought and installed. If the boot is torn it could fail pretty quickly if driven in dirt or deep water to where dirt/water gets in the split/torn boot.
Thanks. According to the mechanics printout, I'm nearly positive it was an supermarket axle, because it was fairly cheap. As I understand it, Subaru axles are significantly more expensive than an aftermarket one. I'm gonna have it checked next week, as soon as financially possible.

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