First–thanks to the community for help on condensation in headlights last year…I couldn’t figure out how to get back in to comment! AWe are having some success with draining. NOW however, much bigger problem:
I have a 2006 Forester, automatic transmission, nothing fancy, about 120,000 miles, well taken care of. I live in the Northeast with our horrible freezing winter and lots of salt on the roads. Most of the mileage was done on highways, but the last several years, it’s been mostly short hop commuting.
WITH NO WARNING, my front right control arm gave way two days ago, fortunately at low speed as I was leaving a rotary/round about. I repeat, there was no warning…no shaking, no funky control issues, no weird sounds (until it happened.) Thank goodness I wasn’t on the throughway doing 65…I am fine, though spooked.
Background on the car: In 2012, there was a Subaru “campaign” to get everyone w/ my model in the frigid, salted NorthEast to get control arms coated with rust inhibitor. My car was, supposedly, treated by one dealer near me–I have the paperwork that indicates this. In 2014, my car had some rear sliding, shimmying, noise. I brought it right in, and the rear control arms were replaced, as were the brake assemblies. About 6 months later, a misbehaving caliper led to another brake assembly change. For all of these, my husband and/or I heard sounds, or responded to weird car behavior. But not so with my front control arms that failed the other day!
Does anyone else know about control arm problems with the forester? I haven’t heard back yet from the Subaru dealer about the technical gory details and cost of the repair, but … control arms shouldn’t just “go” willy-nilly! Or is this just a horrific risk of owning a Subaru now??? Is there any way to protect myself in the future? Should I be worried about my husband’s 2008 Forester? And if this is a known problem, even after the Subaru campaign, why hasn’t there been another campaign to get us off the road safely??
(Perhaps just slightly traumatized…)
Thank you for advice on how to handle this going forward.