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#1 2017-05-17 08:59:07

GaryB1
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From: Austin, Texas
Registered: 2016-06-30
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Understeering an issue?

I haven't driven a lot in the rain so, this is new to me. I've noticed that turning corners in the wet at low speeds, say 10 -15 mph, my Linear tends to understeer to the point that I have to plan ahead just a little when turning a corner. Is this just an issue with my car or is it a common feature? I've noticed a juddering sound when turning sharply as in parking as if something is binding. I figure that's probably the center diff needing work. Could the two be related? The tires are all good, though I need to check the alignment. Is this something anyone else has dealt with? My son wants the car when he starts driving, but I don't want to give it to him if it's going to leave him understeering into a curb or something.

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#2 2017-05-17 09:01:57

snowphun
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From: Central CT
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Re: Understeering an issue?

When was the last time the car was aligned? What condition are the tires, especially look for any excessive wear on the inside edge.  These cars love to understeer but your issue is a bigger problem.

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#3 2017-05-17 15:21:28

ikbrown
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Re: Understeering an issue?

snowphun wrote:

These cars love to understeer but your issue is a bigger problem.

Agreed - the typical saabaru understeer would be if you were taking a 10-15mph corner carrying 25mph into it. I would have that checked out as it does not seem that you should be expecting that severe of understeer given how you described the situation.


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#4 2017-05-17 17:46:15

GaryB1
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From: Austin, Texas
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Re: Understeering an issue?

The fronts are definitely more worn than the backs, having about half tread left. Estimating since I lost my  tire wear meter. Just to be safe, I'm taking it in to have the alignment checked next week as the left shows a little more wear than the right. I'm used to FWD and RWD, this is my first AWD. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't an issue.

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#5 2017-05-17 22:16:21

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
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Re: Understeering an issue?

You need four new tires. If you van visibly see a difference in wear between the front and the back, your center differential is being worked pretty hard which is not what you want.

Rotate your tires every other oil change to avoid this in the future.

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#6 2017-05-18 10:19:12

lizzardo
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Re: Understeering an issue?

GaryB1 wrote:

I'm used to FWD and RWD, this is my first AWD. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't an issue.

Even though AWD, the Linear will behave more like FWD.  Much can be done to improve the handling, starting with good alignment and good tires.  That should eliminate the most likely causes for unusual understeer.


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#7 2017-05-18 10:55:34

snowphun
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Re: Understeering an issue?

GaryB1 wrote:

, I'm taking it in to have the alignment checked next week as the left shows a little more wear than the right.

Definitely get a set of matching tires. Subarus eat tires if they have toe, *zero* toe front and rear with a healthy amount of negative camber makes for good handling and even tire wear. Toe will eat the inside edge of the tires.

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