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  • Diedericksmark
    Diedericksmark - 1998 Subaru Impreza - Steering & Suspension - 2/17/2015
    Can a 2.5 turbo impreza's steering rack or rack o pinion fit a 2.0 subaru impreza
    vin nmr is JF1GF8KJ4X8031447 Model is 1998 Lg wagon impreza
    • Jimm
      2/17/2015 Jimm
      Yes, same part number = same application....
      A-1 CARDONE Part # 261979 {#34110FA120, 34140FC000, 34141AA041}
      ACDELCO Part # 36R1043 {#19321141}
  • Dudley Gilmer
    Dudley Gilmer - 2005 Subaru Outback - Steering & Suspension - 12/22/2014
    Why does car shake when I go down hill?
    steering wheel shakes if I go faster
    • Teddy B
      12/22/2014 Teddy B
      Ever do any brake service

      Have to do that at least once a year
      (Part of your Preventative Maintenance)

      Ever ask those questions at a dealer
      or repair shop or get under it & check for worn parts?
  • Eduard
    Eduard - 2002 Subaru Impreza - Steering & Suspension - 11/8/2014
    My car does a squeaky noise from either the muffler or somewhere above it when I release the gas pedal, and rpm goes down (on idle). Or when I'm going slow on first or second gear (gas pedal released).
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  • Jay Kennedy
    Jay Kennedy - 1997 Subaru Legacy - Steering & Suspension - 10/10/2014
    At high speed it pulls really bad to the right have to hold the wheel so it doesn't drift off the road
    had new axle put in
    • LoriKortegard
      10/10/2014 LoriKortegard
      have stableizer bar checked on the side its pulling an check front end alignment before it wears out your tires an you have to replace them too
      10/10/2014 Jay Kennedy
      thanks do you know how I can check stabilizer bar myself
  • Mike
    Mike - 2001 Subaru Forester - Steering & Suspension - 8/31/2014
    Replaced struts x 4. Alignment OK. turning in either directio the vehicle pulls in that direction afterwards.
    Checked front end components but may have overlooked inner tie rod ends. But still, alignment checks out. Also, at high speed (interstate) the vehicle drives normal.
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  • bill 2ndsuba
    bill 2ndsuba - 2002 Subaru Forester - Steering & Suspension - 8/23/2014
    I need to replace the boots on my rack & pinion, Is there a split boot available so I can do it myself, if so where do I
    get them? I have searched on-line and not found a split type boot.
    • carhauler
      8/23/2014 carhauler
      At one time years ago there was a boot made for things like that . It had a split in it so it could be placed over the shaft then glued together . They weren't worth crap . And as far as I know no one has tried to make such a POS like that for years since they don't work . So . Sorry you'll have to repair them the right way . No short cuts for boots .
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Subaru Impreza - Steering & Suspension - 5/22/2014
    High performance struts for Impreza Outback?
    I have a 2004 Sbaru Impreza Outback. I'm looking to replace the front struts and will be driving in rough conditions. Are there better options than the twin tube KYB or Monroe struts available?
    • Jimm
      5/22/2014 Jimm
      KYB Europe part # 324031, 324032, 324033, 324030 - for the four strut assemblies- listed as increased performance models. Cost varies - typically on-line around $142.00 each.
      5/22/2014 AutoMD Member
      Those seem to be a stiffer suspension for sports driving. Are those suited for off-road conditions?
    • Jimm
      5/22/2014 Jimm
      Best to contact the various strut manufacturers directly for these type of application questions.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Subaru Impreza - Steering & Suspension - 5/16/2014
    U.S. model equivalent of 2004 Impreza 15I for parts
    I am trying to purchase new front struts for my 2004 Impreza 15I hatchback, 4WD 1500cc. This is a Japanese model and I'm trying to figure which struts from the U.S. would fit this model? I think it may be the TS but can someone confirm?
    • Jimm
      5/15/2014 Jimm
      The TS model uses these aftermarket struts, for the front and rear;

      Monroe pn 72415 (rear left), pn 72414 (rear right), pn 72421 (front right), pn 72422 (front left). There are also the KYB strut part listings, as well as strut parts listings for brands such as Sachs and Boge for your vehicle.

      Each of these strut assemblies cost around $65.00 each from these auto parts sources;,, - to list only a few.
      5/15/2014 AutoMD Member
      Would the TS parts fit the 15I, since it's an Asian model of the Impreza wagon?
    • Jimm
      5/16/2014 Jimm
      Check the application for the TS parts with the individual auto parts sources listed - before the purchase.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Subaru Legacy - Steering & Suspension - 4/26/2014
    Clunk noise coming from the front when driving on small bumps and patches on the road.
    It passed all the safety.
    0 answer
  • kariatrajagopal
    kariatrajagopal - 2005 Subaru Forester - Steering & Suspension - 9/2/2013
    Mine is chevy forseter rechristened subaru forester ej20 engine, can u pls recomend me a replacement rear shock abosrbe
    current shock is tociko in stock vehicle
    • Jimm
      9/2/2013 Jimm
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as;,, and - to list only a few sources. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the rear struts from around $62.00 each for your vehicle.
      Stick with the known and proven name brands; Monroe, Boge, KYB, Sachs - among others - as these will be OEM quality or better for the application.
  • RoseofSharon
    RoseofSharon - 1995 Subaru Legacy - Steering & Suspension - 7/1/2013
    Why does my Subaru feel like it's on a bumpy road at lower speeds?
    My car has about 130,000 miles. It just recently started to feel like I'm riding on a bumpy road when I'm going 30 mph and below. I feel it most around 20 mph. It feels as if a tire may be wobbly, but we checked and they aren't. We checked the lug nuts and made ...
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  • weestevie1997
    weestevie1997 - 2003 Subaru Impreza - Steering & Suspension - 4/16/2013
    Got a impreza sport 4wd 03 plate need a rear passenger shock but cnfused about what will fit please help
    0 answer
  • gregpat1030
    gregpat1030 - 2007 Subaru Outback - Steering & Suspension - 2/9/2013
    MyOutback makes a knocking noise from the undercarriage when turning sharply, especially when turning R or L from a stop
    My Outback has 129,000 mi. on it. Steering seems smooth for the most part.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/9/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Cv joints going bad would not be uncommon. Check and see if either of the CV boots is torn open and throwing grease around.
  • frsukarto
    frsukarto - 2003 Subaru Impreza - Steering & Suspension - 2/8/2013
    Steering wheel angle/alignment problem?
    Hi folks,for the last year or so, I notice the steering wheel skews to the left: when I hold the steering wheel straight, the car pulls to the right, even on flat road. I understand if one drives on the right lane, the steering wheel usually skews a bit to the left ...
    • Joe Boulay
      2/8/2013 Joe Boulay
      That is a strange one, I guess that I would check to make sure that the steering rack is securely tight in its mounts. All suspension components are tight?
      Joe Boulay
      Automotive Technician & Author
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      Joe Boulay
      2/14/2013 frsukarto
      Hi Joe, thanks for the reply. Yes, I took the car back after a month and the mechanic found nothing wrong with the steering rack. I just had the shocks & struts replaced too 6 months before that, so suspension components are up-to-date. Do you think it has something to do with the front axle?
  • jerry
    jerry - 1997 Subaru Impreza - Steering & Suspension - 2/6/2013
    What could be wrong with my steering if my turning radius isn't smooth and my car squeaks loudly when turning?
    When turning I have been hearing loud squeaking from my front end almost like when the warning tab on brake pads touches but my brakes are 800 miles old. I also am noticing a turn radius that it less than smooth. It feels as if my cars steering has positive stops in ...
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