I have a 2001 Subaru Outback Ltd (2.5L SOHC Automatic) with 324,000 miles on it. For a while I've been getting an irregular cluk-cluk type noise when I accelerate slowly into a left turn from a dead stop. If I accelerate quickly into the left turn, or if I coast into the turn without accelerating, or if it's a wide turn (left or right) I don't get the noise. The noise appears to be coming from the front area of the car. One mechanic said that it's probably a CV joint noise, but I understand that noise should be a sharper click-click, yes?
<br/> I've taken it to a mechanic and he thinks it's the CV joint but is not sure if it's the right or left. He said to let it get 'worse' and then it'll be more obvious. Research on the web brought up other possibilities for this kind of noise: transfer clutch, motor mounts, ball joints, wheel bearings, strut mounts. I really don't know. I originally brought the car in because the left rear tire was 'cupping' on the interior edge. The mechanic said this was due to poor alignment. He found internal play in the steering Rack & Pinion and said I'd have to fix that before I can get it aligned. He didn't seem to think it was related to the noise problem above.