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Old 05-13-2022, 08:43 PM   #1
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Is my axle bad?

Hi all, this is my first post here so I hope this is the right place for it.
My FR-S has been making a clicking sound which is only audible at low speed and seems to be coming from the rear of the car. It's louder with the window down. It happens regardless of what gear I'm in or wheather or not the clutch is engaged. I adjusted the parking brake somewhat recently with the little wheel in the drum, Could that be the cause of the noise? From what I've read online it sounds like the axles on these cars are not the most durable. Here's a link to a video of me spinning the rear driver's side wheel does it sound like a bad axle?

https://youtube.com/shorts/K24pBBLhKt4




PS: Don't hate me for the green brake caliper the previous owner painted it not me.
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Old 05-22-2022, 07:14 PM   #2
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Exact same symptoms as mine. From the rear, only at low speeds. It'll get worse, and when it decides to break, it'll leave you stranded (you won't be able to roll your car in neutral afterwards). I highly recommend you replace them. I had Subaru send me their rebuilt axles so I can save a little on the repair.

Did you lower your car a lot? I raised my car a little bit to avoid this issue.
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Just got some Autozone axles today. I'll be installing them sometime this week, hopefully they hold up. My car's actually at stock ride height but I bought it from Copart and have no idea how the previous owner treated it. When I got it the clutch was smoked and the rear tires were practically bald.
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The axles in these cars are fine even under light boost. I have 100k miles and 6 years of track abuse on my car, no axle failures. Doesnít mean it canít happen but may not be the culprit. If you replace the CVís use new axle nuts and buy a set of diff seals where the axle comes in. You can damage them if you are not careful. The stock grease in the CVís is junk though. Before you replace anything check the axle nut. You will get a clicking sound from the hub to axle if it is not tight. 143ftlbs. If you search on the forum it will come up.
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Already tried re-torquing the axle nuts, didn't help.
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Hi all, this is my first post here so I hope this is the right place for it.
My FR-S has been making a clicking sound which is only audible at low speed and seems to be coming from the rear of the car. It's louder with the window down. It happens regardless of what gear I'm in or wheather or not the clutch is engaged. I adjusted the parking brake somewhat recently with the little wheel in the drum, Could that be the cause of the noise? From what I've read online it sounds like the axles on these cars are not the most durable. Here's a link to a video of me spinning the rear driver's side wheel does it sound like a bad axle?

https://youtube.com/shorts/K24pBBLhKt4




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It could be a dragging parking brake shoe, just back it off and see if it stops.

It may be the former owners fault that the brake calipers are painted green, but, it's your fault if you allow them to remain green. (jest ah messen wich ya) -
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Already tried re-torquing the axle nuts, didn't help.

That sucks.
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