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I have a 2002 Subaru Outback, H6, VDC. When I start moving

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I have a 2002 Subaru Outback, H6, VDC. When I start moving the car starts shaking and jerking, it almost feels like a flat tire, but its not. It's definitely coming from the front end. My wife drove the car for about a half hour, parked it and said it was feeling fine and then when she got back in to start driving again it started doing this. When I drove it a couple weeks ago I noticed that it was kind of acting funny when I accelerated. Could it be the timing belt? Or maybe something to do with the trans-axel?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  john -aka eauto replied 1 year ago.

any warning lights? does it run good at idle?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no warning lights and it idles perfectly, so i guess that would rule out the timing belt.
Expert:  john -aka eauto replied 1 year ago.

if you shift into neutral when its driving does it still do it?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
haven't tried that, but I haven gone more than 5 mph. The shaking goes away when I slow to around 1 - 2 mph
Expert:  john -aka eauto replied 1 year ago.

is it a loose wheel? have the tires been off or rotated recently?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The tires haven't been off or the lug nuts loosened since the tires were changed around 10,000 miles ago
Expert:  john -aka eauto replied 1 year ago.

I would double check it sounds like something is loose, or it has a serious suspension or wheel bearing issue

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I cant take the wheels off right now, but they seemed fine when I tried to move the with my foot. Would I need to do more then just put pressure on the wheels to tell if they needed bearings? Would there be any wobble in them? All the lug nuts are tight
Expert:  john -aka eauto replied 1 year ago.

you would need to jack up the frt and feel for play

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok, thats gonna have to wait until the morning
Expert:  john -aka eauto replied 1 year ago.

ok le me know...

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
will do, have a good night
Expert:  john -aka eauto replied 1 year ago.

darn computer...let me know I will be on and off all day tomorrow

Expert:  john -aka eauto replied 1 year ago.

thank you

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok
Expert:  john -aka eauto replied 1 year ago.

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