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1998 Subaru Outback drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 202001


  • miles


Consumer had some play in steering wheel. Later, consumer was on highway doing about 65mph, slowing down and steering started to shake. There was a knocking noise, and it was very hard to control. Vehicle was towed to dealer, and they found a broken axle. Both boots on side of the axle were not damaged so the reason of axle breaking was unknown.

- Loomis, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 151998

Outback 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Oil leak from band axle resulted in fire. (qcaw)

- North Hills, NY, USA

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