By on April 19, 2011 in , , , When should I change or flush my Power Steering in my Subaru? After reading all the posts here, it makes sense that the pump is sucking air. The design of the 2000 and newer models creates a situation where old fluid can create power steering symptoms as well as take a toll on seals and internal components as well. Thank you x98209820 youre a life saver! I had noticed that with the pump flipped to the side after removal, it was leaking fluid. There was no movement at all. Justin Stobb Your Independent Subaru Specialist Here is the fan belt shroud in question.
I never touch the alternator. If when running the vehicle and you look in the power steering reservoir and the fluid is aerated this should be easy to spot than proceed with what I have laid out. Thanks for the kind words and best of luck Justin Hey Justin, Thank you for the fast response! If its a Subaru belt and its installed correctly then you have a component issue such as alternator or power steering pump. If you have something other than a 2000 to 2004 Subaru Legacy or Outback with the 4 cylinder 2. Do you have the spare-part number for the two o-rings on the return line from the power steering housing? That noise gets worse if I turn the wheel. I had the rack replaced about 8 months ago, the fluid appears to be leaking from one of the two lines leading to the rack. Any help you can provide will be helpful, thank you…… Carl Hi Justin! The only thing that really jumps out is maybe the blower motor for the climate control? I also wanted to ask you about squeaking noise that my clutch pedal makes.
I have a 2002 H6 3. This is especially noted during colder temperatures. Is there a kit to rebuild the boot with or is there more to this than meets the eye that the rack needs rebuilding? Justin Hello Shannon, The car is very fixable! Having more than one shop involved will make it a challenge as well. Hope that helps Justin Justin, I went on-line yesterday to see if I could find any info on power steering problems with 2004 Outbacks and found your article. I checked for leaks, low fluid, etc.
I have personal experience with this issue. Justin agreed to but the mechanic backed-off and said he would make the adjustments. I have a 2006 turbo Legacy wagon. A loose tie rod end is a concern, as is the pulling, so both should be addressed. You are a true gentleman for posting your solution and hats off to you for figuring this out.
Thanks for any ideas… Justin, Thank you so very much for posting this solution! The most likely place for a failure will be on moving or easily damaged parts, so the pump is a good bet. It is especially noticeable during K-turns and other parking maneuvers. Well I just went out tonight and loosened the alternator pivot bolt and the shroud retaining bolt apex. If I may, we have a 2003 outback limited edition. You may also need to replace the springs or repair the brakes.
I will comment again if and when i do this. Justin I have a 2001 Outback 3. For 18 year old cars, it may be the case that new parts are not being made, meaning any old part you may find will probably have 18 year old rubber seals, and thus fail very soon. Through the years I have had these challenges and if the Owner is as committed to it as we are we will fix it, but it will come at a cost if its not extremely obvious whats wrong. Without reading your posting on this issue I would have changed the pump. I recently had my alternator go out on my 2000 Outback which required a tow to the local repair shop and an alternator replacement.
What is the reason you're lucky? Thanks greatly for your input, Jeff Hi Justin, I just came home with a squealing noise which sounds like a serpentine belt pully bearing starting to fail. Possible that the belt is too tight? Last week this replacement alternator had the bearing freeze, and the drive belt snapped. Dodgy mechanic or anonymous unqualified contributor to wikipedia? Every time someone puts money in their car its the biggest junk pile ever made, and they move on to the next junk pile that needs work later in life as well. Your Outback should be parked on a level surface and your 2. And the noise gets louder when it gets hot out. Ashley Hi Ashley, Timing is everything I was just in North fork Idaho, in some great 15 degree weather, I could of stopped by and had a listen if I was close, Lol.
But I noticed my stereo periodically turn on for a split second just the lights on my stereo although my keys were not inserted. Tightened the altenator hinge bolt and lightly tightened the shroud bolt on the ps pump. I have this exact steering issue with an 06 Legacy 2. Bean outback with an H6. The noise stops for the whole day either before I am out of the driveway or two-three houses down the road. I am baffled at this point and dreading replacing the pump oem due to cost. Call local shops in advance to price shop, telling them you already have your own part.