I already dropped $900 on bearings and bushings without fixing this problem so any help would be greatly appreciated. (I am such an idiot for taking it to Goodyear.)
My 02 WRX, only 86,000 miles, makes a rhythmic dragging, scuffing noise from the front passenger tire when I am turning slowly. I usually notice it when I am turning into a parking space. And I don't notice it when I am leaving the house, but only when I arrive and park somewhere so it seems to be an issue only when hot.
Tires are fairly new and in excellent shape. Axles have been replaced within the last 2 years or so and the boots look fine. I get regular oil changes and maintenance from the dealer, but I always wonder whether they actually check and top off other fluids.
I have seen some information that suggests that the AWD transfer case is likely the problem. But that's a pricey fix that I don't want to pay for just to find out its not the problem. Any ideas on how to confirm the problem? Could changing the tranny fluid actually fix the problem as I have seen suggested elsewhere?