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So I am at a loss with this damn thing. I have a 2004 Forester that Ive been driving since October. At the same time I got this car, I got a rusted out 03 Forester for its powertrain and various parts that were still good. When i started driving the 04, it had a bad steering shimmy, think jeep death wobble on a less extreme note. It also rattles like a bad strut. So, me and my gf, more mechanically inclined than I, shook down the front end. We fount a bad left outer tie rod, bad right ball joint, and possible wheel bearing.

Fast forward to now, both L&R inner and outer tie rods have been replaced, right balljoint replaced, and new tires to replace the worn highway maypop tires. The front end is tighter and a bit quiter, but Im still getting wobble and rattles when I hit bumps and cracks. Like I said, similar to jeep death wobble, but I can still control the car.

What do you guys think the issue could be? I have the steering rack from the 03, but we barely drove it when we brought it home because the rear subframe was so rusted that a small bump would rip it off the car. So, idk if its good. I havent had the chance to lay under the car while its being shaken down and watch the steering rack for bad bushings. It is worth noting that when I grab the tire at 9 and 3 to check the tie rods, the movements make the rack move back and forth as if someone is wiggling the wheel slightly. When this is done, the steering wheel and other tire move in sync with the tire i am wiggling.

Ive never owned a subie before, let alone a vehicle with a rack and pinion. My other vehicle that ive driven for over 4 years is a 98 Chevy Silverado, so the steering is very different. Gearbox vs rack and pinion.
 

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Did you check for looseness on the control arm? Take a pry bar and see if they are moving in relation to the sub frame. This is the opposite end to where you did the ball joint.

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Did you check for looseness on the control arm? Take a pry bar and see if they are moving in relation to the sub frame. This is the opposite end to where you did the ball joint.

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Ill have to check that. How hard is it to replace the bushings?

EDIT: I just looked up control arms on rockauto, I have to replace the whole thing.
 
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