I have a 1997 Legacy GT wagon. When I turn the steering wheel while stopped, there is a squeaking sound coming from somewhere. This happens whether the engine is on or off. When I put the front end of the car onto jack stands, the noise goes away. The best way to describe the noise is it sounds almost identical to the noise I hear when I pull out the hood support bar and swivel it into position.
While I was inspecting the car from underneath, I noticed that there were two boots torn, one on each end. The one on the other side of the car looks pretty much the same as the photo below.
First of all, how urgent of a repair is it to get this fixed? I looked at the service manual and it doesn't look like this is just one assembly that can be easily removed. Secondly, could this have anything to do with the squeaking?
Thanks for your reply.