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Subaru CV axle problem?

This morning, on the way to the office, the ABS light turned on in my 2000 Subaru Outback. I didn‘t think too much of it, and figured I‘d check it out tonight. A few miles later, the steering started to get really jerky, and then the brakes became loose and weak. I turned around and immediately drove it home. I noticed a loud grinding and dragging noise coming off my front passenger side wheel, especially when turning right.A cursory inspection in my garage revealed that the end of the front right CV axle is coming out of the wheel hub. It was pulled out about an inch or so, exposing the anti-lock brake sensor (hence the ABS light). There were no obvious signs of broken suspension parts or physical brake problems. I didn‘t have a lot of time to look at it.I‘m wondering what any of you might guess the problem is. Could the axle nut have come off? Is the wheel hub or axle spline broken?

Answer:

There is no cotter pin to keep the axle from pulling away from the hub on your car. Has not been for more than 10 years. /the axle nut is supposed to be peened down to lock it. Some shops for get to do it. Don't drive the car any farther! Pull off the center cap of the wheel, with the car on the ground. Take a 32 mm socket and tighten the axle nut. 110 ft-lbs of torque. Peen it down to lock. Hopefully your wheel bearings and the brake rotor have not been damaged by it being so loose!
May 28, 2018
You did no longer point out what number miles have been on the Forrester, yet i've got under no circumstances heard of a nasty cv joint busting off lug nuts. i could suspect perchance the wheel bearing or something interior the outer hub being out of kilter. while in comparison with a good number of different motor vehicle areas for the Subaru, the 0.5 shafts are actually not that high priced. sturdy good fortune.
May 28, 2018
There is a cotter pin (or was) that keeps the axle nut from doing that. Take the wheel off and have a closer look before driving anywhere. Good luck.
May 28, 2018

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