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'05 OB Rear Wheel Bearing Humming 3 years. How long will it last?

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#1 Juan


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Posted 11 June 2014 - 08:12 PM

The rear wheel bearing on my '05 OBWagon is shot.  

Three months ago the Subie shop said, "Mechanic said he grabbed it and could move it around."

Been humming for three years.

How long will it last?


I can live with the humm, but is the rear end going to blow up if I don't fix it soon?



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:40 PM

I had a front hub bearing go on my '95 Impreza recently. Due to the play in the assembly, had I not had it fixed when I did, I probably would have ended up doing an axle shaft, as well, because the hub would have gouged the shaft from wobbling around. I'd be concerned you haven't done that to your axle shaft, too. Get it fixed soon, I'd suggest.

#3 ShawnW


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Posted 11 June 2014 - 11:51 PM

Why bother wondering?  They are pretty easy to replace.  And frankly the stress of wondering would drive me crazy.

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 08:13 AM

If its noisy and tight its ok. If the tech said it would move then you need to get it do e before it causes some damage to other parts.

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 11:13 AM

If it has play or binds/gets hot, I consider it a safety hazard.


I drove my '03 on a noisy rear wheel bearing long enough for it to have barely detectable play (could feel the rear starting to want to wander before it was detectable shaking the wheel), and I needed ear plugs to drive at highway speeds for weeks before it reached that point.

#6 grossgary


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:38 PM

"how" long is arbitrary.  it's not as if every failing wheel bearing reaches 100 decibles at 5 months, 4 days, 11 hours, 34 minutes, and 12 seconds....or every one fails catastrophically by 13 months....etc. 


having seen it before, once it gets enough play the tone ring and ABS sensor gets damaged/destroyed and triggers the ABS light, by then I wouldn't consider it having much time left before more ominous things start happening.

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 06:53 AM

if it is wobbling, it needs replacing asap before even more damage occurs and you end up replacing other parts as well - ie: more $$$


and that isnt even considering the safety aspect of it... :blink:

#8 Juan


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 09:31 PM

This makes me mad. The Subaru shop should have let me know about this two years ago when I told them the left rear was humming.




"Subaru. has initiated an Extended Warranty Program
for Rear Wheel Bearings on certain 2005 and early 2006 model year Legacy and
Outback models. Coverage will be extended to 8 years or 100,000 miles.

During a quality review, Subaru discovered that
there is a possibility that one or both of an affected vehicle's Rear Wheel
Bearings may, over time, develop a noise condition that causes the bearing to
produce a whining sound. This sound does not pose a safety issue and does not
adversely affect the normal operation of the bearing. However, if the vehicle
experiences this condition, it should be corrected by replacing the affected
bearing, which will eliminate the sound. As a result of this finding and in the
interest of customer satisfaction, SOA is extending the Rear Wheel Bearing
warranty coverage period for the affected vehicles to 8 years (96 months) or
100,000 miles, whichever occurs first.
Technical Service Bulletin number 03-58-08"



I have the reciept from the Subie shop for an oil change when I told them the rear wheel was humming. The reciept says they found nothing wrong. The milage and the date on the reciept are well within the extended warranty coverage (90k and 7 years.)


My car is out of warranty, now. Can I complain and get the bearing replaced as per the warranty because the Subi shop messed up and basically screwed me over?

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 07:00 AM

I would bring the receipt and speak with service mgr. If no positive response, call SOA.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 09:22 AM

Dealerships have a goodwill fund that allows them to repair something like this without coming out of their pocket especially considering you complained about it while it was in the warranty period service manager should be able to fix this situation for you and if he wont do it , call subaru and bomb him and his dealership on their service. Customer satisfaction index or csi is a huge deal to these guys and a bad survey will hurt them. At least it did me and my dealer when I was with audi.

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