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Old 09-13-2017, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default Wheel/Drivetrain wobble while turning

Driving a 2014 XV Crosstrek with 27k miles. Starting at around 22-24k miles, noticed a slight wobble coming from the drivetrain/wheels when turning left or right.

Usually most noticeable when turning after a dead stop (stoplight or stopsign), continuing through the turn for a few seconds during acceleration.

3rd Subie and never had this happen before.

Any thoughts before taking it in for an alignment check?

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Old 09-14-2017, 12:45 AM   #2
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Does it only happen on relatively tight turns or does it also happen on wide turns?
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Happens mostly on tight turns, and not as pronounced on wide turns. Did notice a bit of the 'wobble' on a straight away today while accelerating from a dead stop at a stop sign.
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Somewhat sounds like torque bind (viscous coupler/multi-plate clutch failure). Try driving maybe 10-15 miles, then try doing parking lot-tight turns. If you get the clunk/wobble in those tight turns, you may have that issue. Otherwise, it may be another driveline issue and/or even an alignment issue. I can't say for sure.
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Thanks for your input here. Haven't conducted the suggested drive test yet, but scheduled a CVT inspection at the dealer next week.

Coincidentally, received a CVT Warranty extension notification from Subaru back in June 2017. Maybe related - will find out.
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Cvt should only power front tires unless slip is encountered. And since there isn't a LSD up front the tires shouldnt be binding. Though you have low mileage, I would raise the front end off the ground, and check for ball joints and wheel bearings. Yes, I know, it's way too early for that, but crap happens.
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Thanks for your input. Agreed, crap does happen! Will ask about ball joints /wheel bearings during next week's inspection. Hopefully nothing major...
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