Hi, I own a 2002 wrx wagon.
it has 160k + miles
all is stock, short of yoko avid v4s
silencer removed, and a turbo-back rsr exhaust
- the steering wheel sometimes shakes at highway speeds often randomly, more often after leaving an entrance/exit ramp
- the right front quadrant of the car makes rubbing grinding noise, more loudly when turning
- power steering is particularly bad when cold from a stop (squealing/stiff)
front brake rotors are clean (not brake noise)
belt seems tight ( .5" of play or less that i can tell)
fluid is not low
there is no pronounced pulling to the right or left,
none of the wheels feel as if they are loose at the bearing
(not that i could diagnose a bad bearing so easily if i've heard correctly)
I am currently not employed and don't have much money,
but do have access to a shed with a fair amount of auto tools (short of a lift and hydraulic press though)
and a modest level of online repair research and reassembly confidence
so a mechanic's diagnosis is pretty much completely out of the question...
I might have had money to do this with if i had known of the 30 day grace period i had to get a refund
on my unused 6yr/100k extended gold warranty plan,
but the lapse occurred almost immediately after our apartment burned down, we weren't insured,
and obviously i had bigger priorities in mind
(it will never happen to you, right?!?)
i do remember having my car in for an oil change in maybe 05-06 at some chain midas or firestone
(this was before i had the resources to do it myself...), and the teen servicing my car said i NEED new struts-shocks,
though i think they were just trying to clear inventory, and there were no signs of suspension problems,
AND noone has ever said anything about needing that before or after,
subaru certified or not.
so, i just need a good idea on how to diagnose this.
also, if someone could help me get the specs or part numbers for replacing the linkage for
the gear selector. it let go right at the cable and i've been using pliers to put it in drive for the last few weeks... :-p