My Legacy '95 5spd. 145K miles developed a grinding/rubbing noise that
could be heard on acceleration. When coasting in gear I can't really
hear it. In 2nd and 3rd, when accelerating, the noise is more like a
grinding noise increasing in frequency as the engine speed increases.
I can also hear a slight sort of clunking noise that seems to be
coming from under the center of the front panel. In 5th it sounds more
like a subdued rubbing noise.
I mentioned that to a Subaru dealership mechanic while I was changing
the oil. He did confirm that there's noise, but said the noise is
coming from inside the transmission and would not comment further on
what it might be. I assumed that he didn't have a clue of what it
I had a friend check drive shafts and wheel bearings and he thinks
they're just fine. The gear oil is clean and there's enough of it. His
only theory is that the noise is created by the transmission bouncing
around because of the old transmission mounts, but he wasn't
Does anyone have any idea of what this noise might be and what the
appropriate course of action is?