I have a 2002 WRX with ~79,000 miles.
Search has failed me, and I'm definitely stressing out here. I'll just cut to the chase:
At any speed, the car pulls right pretty badly, but at highway speeds the lack of any stability whatsoever is just plain scary. At 70-80 mph there's an unhealthy amount of jitter and vibration. I can't really tell if there's so much of the 'floaty' feel that I've read about, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was present and I've just gotten used to it. Bumps such as train tracks and small potholes/flaws in the road feel incredibly harsh. My turn radius is just embarrassing (and severely worse than what it was at a year ago when I bought the car). It's a terrible overall experience.
Everywhere I've taken the car (including 2 different Subie dealerships in 2 different states) claim they can't diagnose the problem. Only one tire shop in Utah has provided any insight, and have said a bad strut mount bearing could be the culprit. Suspension components aren't my strongest suit, so if someone with more information (BigSky! ) could chime in, I would really really appreciate it.
- When I shut down the car, it shudders violently -- coming, it seems, from the engine bay. Could this be a case of bad motor mounts? And if so, might this have anything to do with my handling issues?
- The time to replace the diff. and tranny fluids is up since I've had the car for around 15,000 miles now. It's also possible that they're overdue if the person before me didn't change them before they sold the car. I've got the stuff ready for one of US's cocktails and redline synth for the differential, but am waiting for my friend to get me on base nearby so that I can rent out one of their lifts (since I couldn't get the diff. bolt out to save my life by jacking the car up on my street, and just about damn near stripped the thing). Could THIS solve this issue?
- I leave for Utah from south TX (a 21 hour, 1000+ mile trip) for school in a week. I HAVE to get this issue taken care of before then, because there's NO way I can make that drive with 200 pounds of crap loaded in the back with such poor road-holding.
- I haven't changed the struts since buying the car, so those are stock OEM. Could this be it?
- I got my tires last August [Goodyear Eagle GT-HR] and they only have around 10,000 miles on them. They look like they're in decent shape. Stock wheels.
- Last summer after getting the tires, I had the front wheel bearings replaced to cure the rampant amount of NVH I was suffering. Should I take the car back to the place here in TX to get them to redo their work, or could it be that the rear wheel bearings are shot now?
- EDIT: Almost forgot! Had an alignment after buying the tires last summer and had another one before driving back down to TX in April. Neither seems to fix the pull to the right.
ANY positive feedback or constructive criticism and suggestions are gladly welcomed! Thanks in advance for any help!