Hi there Scotty and the greater community! First time user and poster with an on going problem. 1997 Subaru legacy GT sedan ~133xxx miles Automatic transmission After market parts that may be adding…
Hi there Scotty and the greater community! First time user and poster with an on going problem.
1997 Subaru legacy GT sedan ~133xxx miles Automatic transmission After market parts that may be adding to problem. 2004-2005 wrx struts with lowering springs
Approximately 1.5 years ago a friend of mine who was a mechanic at a Subaru dealer ship changed out my stock struts/springs for 2004-2005 model wrx struts, stock brakes for stoptech brake pads/rotors, and regular brake lines for steel brake lines. Since then every so often (~6 month increments) whenever the brakes got hot, such as after excessive braking, upon stopping at slow speeds like up to a stop sign, up to a red light, or in stop n' go traffic, a creaking noise can be heard from the front brakes. The noise is like having warped brakes because it only occurs at a certain point when traveling, however no shaking or jittering in the steering wheel or brake pedal can be felt. After the first occurance of this I had the rotors resurfaced by a different mechanic, which fixed the problem at that point. 6 months later the problem came back, so I had my friend clean the rotors and apply grease to the calipers, cotter pins... Just about everything that should be greased was. That seemed to fix the issue until last November (6 months later) when the issue came back. So I had Hawk HPS brake pads put on and the rotors resurfaced because I read that the pads I had from stoptech were trash. This seemed to fix the issue for about 2 weeks until today it seemed to just suddenly come back. I broke the new brake pads in according to the instructions and they only have maybe 600-1000 miles on them before the problem came back. Things to note that are probably important. After the first installation of everything (1.5 years ago), my friend noted one of the front right brake caliper pistons was almost seized (issue never dealt with). After the third occurence it was found that my front right inner tire rod could be replaced because of slight movement in that wheel when holding at 10/2 and wiggling the wheel (issue never dealt with). Before installing the new Hawk brakes the creaking of the hot brakes could only be heard from the front right wheel area, but now after the new brakes on, it also sounds like it's coming from the left too.
I tried to make the whole issue as transparent as possible adding every detail I could think of. This is a fun kit car that I personally wouldn't like to get rid of but instead make it better. If you or anybody has any idea what could possibly be going on, your insight would be greatly appreciated.