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Legacy Steering U-Joint
Posted 08 September 2009 - 06:12 PM
Had the infamous "clunk/rattle" in my steering/front suspension and I narrowed it down to the u-joint (I think). I ordered the new part, 34160AC030, based on this endwrench tech bulletin:
I have a 97 legacy L wagon, not outback, so that should be the right one. Anyway, I got the part and it's a full two inches longer than the one I took off. I can't see any way that it fits on my car. I know there's a longer and shorter version for the outback and legacy respectively. But all the packing info I have, including the original label from Subaru, has the part number for the "correct" piece. I'm stumped. I know some people on this board have done this repair - I've been reading the old threads for a while. Can anyone chime in and let me know that I'm not crazy and I have the wrong part? I'm attaching a pic below.
Posted 08 September 2009 - 06:40 PM
Edited by valvestem, 08 September 2009 - 06:43 PM.
Posted 09 September 2009 - 07:06 AM
1995 through 1999 Models
To address this condition, a Steering Universal
Joint With Damper is available in two lengths:
Legacy Models: Part Number 34160AC030
Outback Models: Part Number 34160AC090
And the part number on all the packing etc is "030." No number on the part itself, of course. I'm just wondering if maybe the "with Damper" part indicates that it will be a different size than the one I'm replacing.
Posted 10 September 2009 - 08:45 AM
Another thought is that the reference article from endwrench has the part numbers reversed.
I think you were given the wrong part to be honest after my research.
Also here is a link to a post on this forum that may help, I did not read it through completely, so it may be the same info.
Also here is the TSB link:
Edited by valvestem, 10 September 2009 - 08:58 AM.
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