Having a bit of an issue with my 2002 WRX:
The noise started a few months ago, but it only occurred maybe once every three weeks or so. Now, it's happening consistently at idle.
The best way I can describe the noise is trying to start a car that's already turned on; it's the awful grinding noise type of deal. It's basically only at idle and seems to be dependent on RPMs.
I popped the hood last night while it was making the noise, and it seems to be coming from one of the pulleys or belts. It's not a serpentine belt squeak, and I think maybe one of the pulleys is seizing.
Any ideas? Thinking it's an idler pulley.
EDIT: I should also mention that it doesn't seem to matter whether or not the A/C or the defroster are on.
Just for reference, check out this pic of an EJ20. The noise appears to be coming from the part that is to the right of the alternator, but directly to the left of the dipstick, underneath the cover.
Last edited by 22AudiQ; 02-25-2011 at 01:11 PM.
I sort of tapped on the pulley that runs off of the A/C compressor/clutch and the noise stopped for a few seconds.
Hoping maybe it's just a belt/pulley issue or something simple. Used parts look expensive for this and I suspect labor won't be cheap.
Had Subaru do a free service inspection on my 'Roo yesterday.
The sound that I was hearing was actual the A/C belt, pulley, bracket and bearing being torn apart. Need to replace all the parts. When the technician was showing me how the bearing was toast and was moving it around, it made the exact same noise that it made while on the car. Thinking my compressor/clutch are okay after all. Got an estimate of $172 from the dealer. I laughed, told them not to worry about it and left.
Just looked the parts up... looks like it'll be about $60 for parts and, if I don't find the time, probably about the same for labor. Maybe less.
Other than that, the car got a clean bill of health. I drive this car like a maniac and it's still taking the abuse, even at 115k.
Thanks for the reply.
They seem to have everything but an "Outback" section to choose from.
But it looks like they have the wheel listed under the Legacy section even though they were never offered for the Legacy, only Outback wagon and sedan models.
Any midwesterners here? I am helping to organize a cruise through Door County, WI in a few weeks. here is the NASIOC link:
and the Vortex link:
I know exactly what you mean......( I think they are just grouped together because it is the same vehicle, just diff suspension). You can run LGT wheels on an Outback and vice versa, it's just that the offset will be odd looking. As far as the LL Bean wheels go.....I know exactly why you want them. They look gooooooood.
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