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So over the last few months it seems like an intermittent clunking noise from my front passenger side. It usually only does it over bigger bumps and I would say it only happens about 80% of the time during that scenario as well. Otherwise it doesn't seem like the car is driving any differently than normal and no obvious non consistent wear on tires.

 

I've searched the forums and found a variety of responses of folks with what appears to be a similar issue. I'm planning on taking a peek for anything obvious this weekend when I'm working on the car replacing the brake pads but was hoping I could get a few ideas on what to look for/areas to check and also figured that I should just make sure anything isn't simply just loose but I also don't want to overtighten anything but I have no records of how tight things should be. 

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First, it would help to know what model year, engine, and trim your Legacy is.

Given only the information you posted above, I would think that the steering rack issue addressed in TSB 04-17-17R is the place to start. This is a relatively common issue in Gen 6 Legacys and Gen 5 Outbacks.

TSB_04-17-17R_Steering_Rattle_190820.pdf

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." ~ The Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland)

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Good god, so sorry I missed all that critical information. its a 2015 4 cylinder limited with about 70k on it. If its the steering rack or ball joints or endlinks is there a way to tell that's the case by visual inspection?

 

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Get the front wheels off the ground, grab the wheel at 9 and 3 and try to rock it back and forth. You'll feel the play if there is any. 12 and 6 is your wheel bearing test, other than the absolute roar they make when failing...

End links should not twist easily on their sockets.

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