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Blackw ... 3/14/2019

2003 Subaru Baja Sport 4 Cyl 2.50L

Steering & Suspension

Rear wheel on driver"s side leaning in at the top and rubbing on the wheel well.

This is a new one on me. About a week ago pulling out of a bay at a self-serve car wash I Heard something of a pop. Turning out into traffic there was the tell-tale squeek of a blown strut . Finished the strut relpacement this mornoing, and quite an ordeal was. The strut was indeed blown...it came apart in three pieces. However, after that was done, backing out of the driveway, that same squeek occured. It was the tire rubbing on the wheel well, and not the strut at all. When I parked again is when notriced the wheel lean. Any ideas as to what the problem may be?

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Jimm 3/14/2019

Several possibilities; faulty / worn rear control arm, rear control arm bushing, faulty upper strut mount - to list only a few.

Next step is to raise and support the rear wheels off the ground, remove the rear wheels for further inspection and repair.

Try these online resources; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.rockauto.com, www.partsgeek.com - to list only a few.

In fact, they (RockAuto) list the replacement control arm bushings from around $4.80 each for your vehicle.

Rear control arm bushing = BECK/ARNLEY part #1017953 - or it's equivalent


Blackwolf0723 3/14/2019

Thanks a lot for your time and information. I've done a fair amount of work on Subaru front ends, but never on the rear end. The strut mount is also new, so I can at least eliminate that. I'll move forward in the direction you suggest.

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