My 2008 Subaru Outback has a gentle vibration I can feel in the steering and accelerator pedal and also a bit of noise associated with it.

At first I thought it was just the road but I noticed it gets slightly worse when I turn left and goes away completely when I turn right.

It feels/sounds like driving on rough asphalt.

Any ideas? I checked there's nothing rubbing on the wheels and power steering fluid is just bellow the "Max" marker.

I also tried putting gearbox in neutral and rolling through some fairly sharp corners at about 60kmh, it vibrates exactly the same as while driving normally - so probably not related to the engine or transmission.

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    I'm thinking it would either have to do with a wheel bearing or the drive shaft on the right side, but don't know for sure. Feb 4, 2015 at 11:01
  • By "drive shaft", you mean "axle", right, @Paulster2? Not the driveshaft going to the rear diff.
    – jscs
    Feb 4, 2015 at 20:16
  • @JoshCaswell ... Yes, axle shaft would be a better name, you are right. Feb 4, 2015 at 22:50
  • Whatever it is, sounds serious. I've booked it in with my mechanic and will post an answer once it's fixed. Feb 5, 2015 at 0:20
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    @Ellesedil bearings Oct 6, 2015 at 20:46

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It could be the steering rack or bad wheel bearings.

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    Please explain why you believe this to be the right answer ... it will help you over the long run. Answers with some meat are better received, as long as the meat isn't fluff. Feb 4, 2015 at 22:57
  • It was the bearings. Oct 6, 2015 at 20:45

It could be oddly worn tires or ..If the 'OutBack' means you go 4-wheeling in harsh terrain ,you may bend the frame of the vehicle even to the point of setting off the air-bags.

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    By Outback, he's talking about a specific model of vehicle ... I'm pretty sure in this instance it has nothing to do with Australia. Sep 5, 2015 at 16:07

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