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The shifter/shifter knob (not the steering wheel!) on my

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The shifter/shifter knob (not the steering wheel!) on my (son's 2007 Subaru Outback has a noticeable wobble when you apply moderate to strong acceleration. Usually at a certain RPM range (2500-&up). We had a wheel bearing replaced but that did not help. It feels like it is coming from an internal source? ..." All the engine mounts have been checked along with the transmission mount.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Mike V. replied 2 years ago.

Hi there,

I would check the drive shaft. If there is a binding U joint or an issue with the carrier bearing it would cause the transmission to vibrate. If the issue is internal then the front diff and transmission pan should be drained and inspected for metal filings. I personally would start with the rear drive shaft as a cause. Take it right out and inspect the joints.

Please let me know if there is any more I can do to help you from here.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
What is the normal labor (time wise) for this and what necessary parts are needed. Also can you drive the car?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
What is the normal cause for this type of repair?
Expert:  Mike V. replied 2 years ago.

Sorry for the delay.

The labor for checking the driveshaft and bearing should only run about 1.0 hours,

Then if the shaft or bearing is the culprit you will be looking at replacing the driveshaft. Usually it's best to go with a used one, last used one we did was about $350 for the shaft. The u joints cannot be replaced on these.

If this condition is only happening on fairly tight turns, then it could be an issue with the center differential on the transmission. This type of repair runs about $850