RPMs reading normal but sounds like revving high

Asked by Aug 13, 2015 at 10:37 PM about the 2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2009 Subaru Outback with 172k
miles on it. For the last couple months the
engine or something sounds like it is revving
at a high rpm (as in 5000 rpms) but the
meter shows normal rpm. I don't feel like it's
driving any different. No loss of power. It
seemed to start out of the blue. Any ideas?
O2 sensor, catalytic converter, bad gauge??

15 Answers


So, what's the rpm gauge say. ? But, you hear a lot of noise, what makes you think it's around 5,000 rpms.

Gauge says around 2000-2500 depending on pressure on the gas pedal. I say 5000 but only based on what my engine sounds like when I rev it that high. It's a different

Oops sorry. Submitted before I finished typing. It's a different pitch a little bit... I can't describe it but i can say with a high level of confidence the revving is not coming from my engine.


Can you feel the shifts? Does it start off normally from an intersection and can it downshift normally and does the sound change on acceleration? Why are you so certain it's not coming from the engine? Does your car neutralize at any time? If it's the transmission, then the car won't seem as responsive on acceleration.


Lydia, did you ever figure out what's going on with your car?

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Yeah it's the wheel hub.


OK, doesn't sound like a major repair, and at 172,000 miles, that's pretty good service. Your car has taken you a lot of places and you obviously drive more miles annually than average. I guess it's been very dependable for you. Have you ever had to do any major work? Transmission, head gaskets, etc. and does your car burn oil?


You are well on your way to the Subaru high mileage club.

Yeah it's gonna cost about $500. I replaced the short block about six months ago. That was not so cheap. :(


I can imagine it was not cheap, but, it's less than buying a new car. Wow, how do you rack up so many miles? You must have one long commute or take this car on long trips. Makes 73,000 miles on my 2010 look like a low mileage car, LOL. Before the engine failed, did you ever have any head gasket failures or transmission issues? I imagine you've done a least one timing belt and water pump. By the way, how did your engine fail, just driving at freeway speeds or some other failure?


Other than that, take a look at this web site for your car, http://www.carcomplaints.com/Subaru/Outback/2009/


Lydia, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 were some of the best years for the Subaru Outback, you should be happy you have this car. Also, you didn't mention it, but, you have the FOUR, correct?


Yes, I see that you have the 2.5 Limited.


We love our 2010, it cruises very smoothly and I actually like the CVT transmission. Some people don't like it, they think it's like a motor boat, but, they just don't understand how it works.


Lydia, even if you're car is actually 7 years old assuming you got it in September 2008, that's almost 25,000 miles per year.

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