1992 Subaru Other Repair Question
92 subaru legacy AWD howling
Any input would be appreciated. Really love this car but my hubby is just about ready to push it over a cliff! Can't find anyone or postings that address this problem.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions that you may have. Really don't want to keep driving it in FWD as we have a 4 wheel drive driveway to get up in the winter and someone told us it is not good to keep driving it in FWD.
Does the noise change when you turn the car side to side? IE saw the wheel back and forth. Might even be a wheel bearing.
No, turning wheel side to side doesn't change howling, neither does putting it in neutral. Howl decreases in intensity when slowing down and increases when speeding up.Doesn't start howling continously until after driving it for at least 5 to 10 miles, but does want to have the small howl sound and drag around 35 to 40 miles an hour all the time when in AWD with all the rear diffs we had in. Putting in a used transfer case? (think I'm calling that the correct name) that attatches to rear of auto tranny did not change results. No howl in FWD mode, so we think we have eliminated wheel bearings and tranny as a cause. Have tried to rebuild original rear diff and also replaced it two times with no change in results. Wheels seem to turn freely when up on jack stands with no play in any of them. Am finding it hard to believe that original, rebuilt original and two different used rear diffs could all have the same problem. All got hot to touch when it was howling continously. Am wondering if we are looking at the wrong thing....?
Any other ideas????? Car only has 130k on it and well taken care of. Is this a common problem with this year and model?
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As long as th erear wheel bearings arent the problem then look at the brakes?. Is th ee-barake or caliper not releasing? Ive seen the big GM rear shoes do it if they are adjusted too tight.
e-brake stuck doesn't take into account the "no howl in FWD mode" though...
I've had that happen to me before - and not only does the car drag - there's a LOT of smoke when you stop finally, pretty easy to diagnose IMO.
OK - so under the assumtions:
1) NOT a rear wheel bearing
2) NOT an e-brake sticking
3) NOT the rear dif.
Could it be something to do with the rear drive-shaft? where it couples to the axle? perhaps there's a breakdown of fluid there, so once the fluid warms up (you said 5-10 k into the drive?) it starts to get termpermental?
That's what I'd look at after the dif.. But to be 100% honest with you, I've never had my Subaru (93 legacy) up on a lift, or been far enough under it to really get a good look at the working components. It's mostly an "intirim" car for me.
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Havent been under too many Subarus myself, just trying to eliminate some things.I suppose if there is a viscous coupler it could create the noise.Have you checked any Subaru sites to see if anyone else has encountered this?