Subaru Legacy 2006 clunking noise on turns

Discussion in 'Subaru Legacy' started by Shuffleboy, Jun 28, 2022.

  1. Shuffleboy


    Jun 28, 2022
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    Hi all. Have searched multiple threads, and would like to have my own for this issue.

    I'm based in New Zealand. Car is 2006 Legacy Sedan. EJ203. 4eat Auto. 172000 KMs done. Jap import. Car is in overall very tidy shape and appear to have been maintained well in Japan before my 4.5 years of ownership.

    Over the last 6 months or so,there's been a clunking noise from the front left wheel area, notably when taking off doing a reasonably tight right hand turn. Last weekend when pulling out of a mall carpark on very smooth, squeaky seal, it really started to judder and grind, it's difficult to explain the sound and feel. This was a very slow turn.

    Have changed brake pads myself about a year ago. Inspected them again, and slide pins. All. Seem functional and orderly. Wheels aligned a year or so ago

    Have emptied and refilled power steering fluid a few times, to get a reasonably nice colour fluid.

    Tyres on front are newish, on rear not as new but still in good order. Psi all up correctly.

    However....noticed a few weeks ago that the outside edge of the front left tyre has gone bald. Tyres still has plenty of life left but the outside wear is very apparent. Front right tyre fine.

    I rotated the tyres to eliminate options. Problem remained.

    Put fuse in FWD holder. Problem seems to have completely disappeared! But I'm confused. Why would torque bind only affect one front side? What has caused the outside wear of the front left tyre and not the right?

    Could this also be: front CV joint/s (and why would that disappear with FWD fuse in).

    Could it be front differential?

    Could it be auto trans duty solenoid stuffed?

    Maybe something like tie rods or ball joints?

    Any advice from you folk would be much appreciated. I like to fix my own cars but suspension/ gearbox issues are not a strength as yet.

    Thanks in advance!
    Shuffleboy, Jun 28, 2022
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