2014 Subaru Outback engine problems: unusual noises from engine

Unusual Noises From Engine

2014 Subaru Outback

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Subaru dealer.

CarComplaints.com Seal Of This Might Hurt

CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2014 Outback is showing an early trend of problems with hesitation when accelerating.

The vast majority of owners experiencing this problem have reported that Subaru has not been able to find the cause of the engine hesitation, or fix the problem.

Especially because this is a potential safety defect, we are flagging the 2014 Outback as a model year to watch out for.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
15,700 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. replace pully, tention wheel and belt (1 reports)
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2014 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 102017

Outback 2.5 Limited 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 41,632 miles


While driving, there are unusual humming sounds coming from the engine. For sure does not sound normal.

- Nicholas B., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

problem #6

May 262016

Outback 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,146 miles

I bought 2014 outback in early 2015 Feb car had 37000 klm ; I have had two legacy wagons with a combined millage over 800.000 klm had no problems. Started to get squealing noises from under hood of my 2014 outback it has 64096 klm on it. Took to dealer to have checked. My car is not even three years old yet they told me I need a tention wheel, pully and a belt, because I am over 50000 klm I will have to pay 400.00 dollars to have repaired. I TOLD THEM MY CAR WAS NOT EVEN THREE YEARS OLD they told me it did not matter I was over the millage. I did not get it repaired my car is still a new car. I took it to OTTOS SUBARU in Ottawa I spoke to the manager she said there is nothing she could do because I was over, she offered to good will parts but I would still have to pay labour and new belt. I politely declined and said its a 2014 she said that's all she could do. I think she could have disregarded the millage because my car is not three years old. I have lost all faith is Subaru service I was always a Subaru guy but now I think its time I went to another make I was telling all my friends to buy Subaru but now I am telling them to stay away because of the lack of customer service. I am very disappointed my car is still a new car 2 years old and nothing done to fix problem. I hope they work on improving customer service because I paied a lot of money for my car and for them to charge me to fix an engine problem on a two year old car is very poor customer relations in my home there are two drivers and only one car. I feel cheated by Subaru and am looking to trade for another make that thinks about customer satisfaction instead of the dollar Thanks Subaru it was a good run while it lasted the honeymoon is over my son was looking at buying a Subaru he has now changed his mind and my family is also turned off because of problems I have reguarding my experance with service, THANKS FOR ALL THE NO HELP I RECIVED......

- ttimpson, Ottawa, ON, Canada

problem #5

May 162014

Outback Premium 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 3,812 miles

Second time in for engine noise. Mechanics identified it as bad AC Compressor. Service Manager informed me there was another 2014 OB in there for same issue. Part not available, wasted trip and another day of loss wages, not cool. Issue was not resolved.

3rd time to try and resolve the chirpy engine noise. Hopeful that the part "AC Compressor" would have resolved the issue. Half a Saturday wasted, got home took Wife and Kid to movies, problem not solved, the chirpy engine noise is back the same day. SOA is getting an earful about their so called "Safe and Reliable" mighty Outback.

Will be taking car back to the folks at the dealer...I'm getting to know these good folks really well.

- mtbiker-s, Altadena, CA, US

problem #4

Nov 122013

Outback 2.5i Limited 4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 3,000 miles


Bought two of the same model as company cars. Both have a squealing, cricket sound. Of course it stops when I take it to the dealer for oil change. Sounds like a loose fan belt. Dealer never heard of it and both cars do the same thing.

- smitch, Freehold, NJ, US

problem #3

Oct 072014

Outback Limited 2.5i

  • CVT transmission
  • 15,940 miles

Two days ago I started hearing a Bad whinning noise as if a Pulley Bearing or an Air leak is occurring. I dropped it off today 10/9/14 at Stohlmans Subaru in Tysons, VA and will let you know what they find. With under 16,000 miles and it just being over a year old this is unacceptable. Why should my year old motor be doing this? I am losing faith in Subaru. I purchased this car because of the reliability the old ones had and the new safety features that Subaru says they have, but it seems that the old ones were the reliable ones and they have changed them and just use the old ones as selling techniques.

- dynarider84, Reston, VA, US

problem #2

May 052014

Outback Premium 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 3,293 miles

Took to the dealership after problem started to occur, engine sounded like a cricket, high chirpy annoying sound. Occurred while AC was running. They diagnosed it with "DRIVE BELT OUT OF TRACK & BOLT LOOSEN".

Their resolution, which did not work, "ADJUSTED DRIVE BELT & TIGHTENED DRIVE BELT PROTECTION BAR".

Resolution did not fix the problem.

- mtbiker-s, Altadena, CA, US

problem #1

Sep 092013

Outback Limited 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 2,806 miles

Purchased a new 2014 Subaru Iutback limited 2.5---noticed strange humming, wooo,wooo,wooo, jet engine sound at exactly 3700 rpms ( no sound above or below 3700 rpms)--noise can be heard driving or revving engine up to 3700 rpms in neutral also. Took to Subaru and they checked several things and say noise goes away when serpentine belt is removed but returns when belt is replaced.--they also replaced alternator and replaced pulley--noise still there-------

Subaru then had an engineer look at car and they now say 3.6 engine makes same noise at 3700 rpms and now call this normal characteristic of their cars but still can't say what causes this strange and loud humming at 3700 rpms----Subaru customer service has not been helpful, they all seem to want to distance themselves from this. My car now has 10,000 miles on it and noise is still there and Subaru still won't address issue. This has been extremely disappointing as I thought Subaru was supposed to be quality/customer oriented co. Has anyone else experienced this?

- ph1019, Ft Mill, SC, US

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