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#1 Lesbaru


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Posted 22 August 2003 - 01:31 PM

Well, now I know why my beloved 96 Legacy creaks and groans when I make left turns or go slowly over bumps. It's not pretty...:boohoo:

The left front hub is loose. I had the bearings replaced in February, but the hub either got damaged then or the non-OEM bearings did something bad to the hub over the last few months.

The whole wheel wobbles side-to-side about 3 or 4 inches! That's where the noise is coming from. :banghead: (worse thing is I didn't notice the wobbly wheel until the dealer showed me!)

Gonna let the Subaru stealership do the work of replacing the whole shibang which is gonna run me $560.

#2 Cougar


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Posted 22 August 2003 - 03:10 PM

3 or 4 inches! That's incredable. They must have put the bearings in dry.

#3 frag


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Posted 23 August 2003 - 10:20 AM

It's stories like this that make us shade tree mechanics think that we're not so bad... in comparison :clap:

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Posted 23 August 2003 - 04:48 PM

560 for a hub and bearing replacement! HOLY COW! Dud3, your getting ripped off for about 400 bucks.

#5 99obw


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Posted 23 August 2003 - 07:04 PM

The price does seem a little high, but I don't think anyone would do it for $160. The parts alone are probably more than that.


#6 Lorryb


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Posted 23 August 2003 - 11:22 PM

I had a similar prob on my 91 recently, hub was very loose, not 3 or 4 inches maybe 1 inch or so. The Midas Muffler shop quoted me at $480 Cdn to replace the bearing. "3 hours of labour!" but that didn't include a new hub if necessary. I got a second opinion and they just tightened and adjusted the bearing, said it would be fine ......... cost...... $80 cdn (so I took my wife out to dinner with my savings! :rolleyes: )

#7 GeneralDisorder


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Posted 24 August 2003 - 04:02 AM

That's why I always inspect new noises.... with the wheels off the ground. Jackstands are a good thing.


#8 Lesbaru


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Posted 25 August 2003 - 01:53 AM

How do you tighten and adjust a bearing?

I had a good independent mechanic replace the bearing the first time ($217), and I find it hard to believe he could have screwed up so badly.

Yeah, the price the stealership quoted me included a zillion parts and a new hub. And seeing how much I can wobble that front wheel has me so scared that I'm willing to pay it!

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