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At least I THINK I have it narrowed down to one of these three potential problems. 2001 Forester S, 165,000 mileage. My symptoms/descriptions are:

- Rotational grinding/clunking/er, er, er, er, er....
- Noise is at a constant pace even when accelerating or decelerating (not at the same speed as the wheels)
- Only happens when driving 30 mph or less
- Noise is REALLY bad during right and left turns (although a couple weeks ago was only when turning right, and now the noise is starting to creep in when driving straight, ugh!)
- No symptoms when driving fast or on the highway
- Not a clicking sound
- Not the mud flaps rubbing against the tires
- Changed my struts to KYB's 6 months ago, but didn't change the mounts
- Changed rotors and brake pads yesterday (no change in noise)
- No tears in any boots (although when Subaru replaced my head gaskets 3 months ago, they said I had a bad CV joint)
- Had the right front hub assembly changed 5 years ago
- Currently on my 4th front right axle, changed 7 years ago

Need to drive from Philly to JFK on Friday. Please help so I can try and fix this before then!

Thanks in advance.
 

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Transfer Box? What would be wrong with it?

I should mention that I did also changed the front and rear differential oil for the 1st time a couple months ago. I used Valvoline brand.
 

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They said I had a lot of things wrong with the car. For example, they said my front brake pads needed to be changed. There was at least 1/4 inch of pad left on both the passenger and drivers side. I got another year and a half out of them.
 

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They said I had a lot of things wrong with the car. For example, they said my front brake pads needed to be changed. There was at least 1/4 inch of pad left on both the passenger and drivers side. I got another year and a half out of them.
By sounds of it though, classic bad CV joint.
 

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So the joint could go bad even if there are no tears on any of the boots? Would you recommend to replace the entire axle?
 

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Okay, problem solved. Got a reman Subaru axle from the dealer. $269. $50 refund when I return the old core. Pulled the old axle, put in the new one and it has completely solved the problem! Thanks for your help.
 

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Hi Emerald

Could you elaborate more on the axle repair? From what you describe as your problem, I'm having the same issue but unfortunately mine was from an accident when a car side swipe me on the right front fender causing damage to my fender, wheel and suspension.

Thanks,
 
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