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Clunk sound in front suspension

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#1 soobyfan


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Posted 10 October 2005 - 12:29 PM

"96 OBW, 2.2L, 5 sp.

I have a funny "clunk" sound coming from my front end, I only hear it when hitting a bump. I have inspected the suspension visually, nothing obvious that I can detect. Is it possible worn sway bar bushings can cause this? Are there any known trouble spots that might be related on the Legacy/Outback? Any help is appreciated.

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 12:41 PM

Yeah I get this also, specifically when turning into a drive way where the road is a slight slope (as the suspension is moving). Seems mine does it when turning and the suspension is moving. I look forward to hearing if anyone else has found a solution.

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 12:43 PM

Funny you shopuld mention the driveway, I have a steep driveway, it happens every time when I back out, seems worse with the wheel turned.

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 04:55 PM

A search on "legacy clunk" will yield several discussions, and even a link to this:


I posted that a while back, it's a TSB from Subaru regarding a "clunk" in the steering and suspension that sounds like what you're describing. My car does it big time, has for quite a while. I didn't attempt to get the TSB performed, doesn't sound like many other people have either.

Another one of those endearing Subie quirks :rolleyes:


#5 hklaine


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Posted 10 October 2005 - 06:27 PM

I have recently become somewhat interesested in performing this TSB, but have yet to find anyone who has personally performed it.

I found a few replies on nasioc from folks who had the dealer perform it, but I am interested in details from some ShadeTrees who have attempted it.

1stsubaruparts.com shows this illustration (where #2 is the "COUPLING")

Unfortunately I cannot confirm that this COUPLING matches the TSB COUPLING because the site accepts part numbers but does not display them.

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But I am still not 100% on the location of this part. Is this the coupling which can be seen in the middle of the column just above the inner CV joint?

Looks like quite a job to remove/replace, but the TSB lists only 0.3 hours. Anyone have a service manual page that explains this procedure?
0.3 hours doesn't see TOO scary.

Lots of questions, hopefully lots of answers. Thanks.


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