firewall where steering column goes through, the rubber grommit or bushing seal is completely dislodged and has 1/4" space around the shaft. I noticed a rattle months ago which has slowly become worse. When you put your hands at 12 and 6 oclock on the steering wheel and wiggle, there is slight play which emits a clunking sound. The whole shaft wiggles up to the nuckle in the engine compartment. I tried to re-insert the bushing but couldn't. I don't know why the bushing dislodged in the first place, or even if that is the cause. HELP!!!
noisy play in steering column on 2004 Subaru Outback
by 04outback in Philadelphia, PA on August 26, 2009
ANSWER by Valleyautotech , August 26, 2009
Usually the bearings go bad and begin clunking http://www.parts.com/oemcatalog/index.cfm?action=getJointLocator&siteid=2&chapter=&Sectionids=22,2561&groupid=0&subgroupid=0&componentid=0&makeid=32&model=Outback&year=2004&graphicID=F732160&callout=1&catalogid=1&displayCatalogid=0 These are all the columns available for subaru's for your year, Hope this helps