Axle and possibly transmission issues?
2013 Premium CVT - 87k
Last year, the right side was clicking near the wheel when I turned right a certain way. I asked a few mechanics and they all said it was the axel. The OEM axle was so expensive. One local mechanic gave me a good deal on an aftermarket. The clicking went away.
A month or so ago, the left side started clicking when I turned left. I had the same mechanic replace it. The clicking was gone. But there was a subtle vibration when accelerating.
I took it to my tire/lube mechanic to check it out and maybe balance the tires. They said it seemed to be around the drivetrain and recommended a mechanic. I took it to that mechanic. They drove and inspected it. They thought it seems like inner-axle issue. They said there was a small bit of play in the axel, but didn't seem to think it was enough to cause the vibration. (I think they also tried swapping the axles out somehow.)
They called the local Subaru dealer. Ultimately, they said that the dealer wanted to check the transmission, because it's still under some extended warranty. They could have recommended I have them to replace the axle(s), but they didn't want me to pay all that if it isn't the issue.
Do you think the aftermarket axles will void the extended warranty?
I don't know much about vehicles. I would have assumed that it was the axle since the vibration seemed to happen right when it was replaced.
Any other thoughts on all this? I'm a bit disappointed that the rear differential and both front axles went bad on this car before 90k. I don't take it offroad or anything.