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Category: Australia Car
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Experience:  Automotive Engineer for 20 years, BEng hons degree,
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Sounds like my Subatu Forester needs a new front diff. Where

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Sounds like my Subatu Forester needs a new front diff.
JA: What year is your Forester?
Customer: Where can I get it assessed?
JA: What is the make/model/year of your car?
Customer: 2003 Forester
JA: Are you fixing your Forester yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Just had the noise assessed as diff trouble. I need to drive home to Tamworth. Do not want to take the risk.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Approx cost of repair if possible
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Australia Car
Expert:  Matt replied 10 months ago.


I'd say the next step is to drain the front transmission oil out into a container and as it exits the unit strain it through some paper towel to catch any debris

this will show how serious the issue is

if the oil is black and sticky and has metal shavings in it then it very likely to be on its last legs

however if the oil is still clean then you're OK to drive home

Expert:  Matt replied 10 months ago.

I'd expect to pay about $400 for a good used unit with a 30 day warrenty and then another 4-5 hours labour to swap it over

Expert:  Matt replied 10 months ago.


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