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Diagnose rear noise - '97 Impreza

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I just bought a 5 spd. '97 Impreza Brighton wagon. There's a noticeable hum in the cabin coming from the rear of the car, faster=louder. It kind of oscillates too, so I'm pretty sure there's a problem.


- Is noise from the rear common?

- Can I assume it's the rear diff? (I'm new to AWD)

- Is it horrible to drive with this condition, or can I get away with it for a few km? (I probably can't afford a replacement right away.)


Any help greatly appreciated!




PS. Excellent forum!

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Bearings, because Imprezas have ************ for bearings... have them replaced with legacy bearings, there was a service bulliten about it somewhere...

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