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Offline Outback_Jon

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Axle replacement - How difficult? - 98 Forester
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:16:04 AM »
My daughter's 98 Forester needs the front driver's side axle replaced.  Torn CV boot for I don't know how long - but long enough that I didn't notice a bunch of CV grease everywhere.   :-o  I'm fairly knowledgeable about cars, and have done axles before, just not on a Subaru.  I also haven't poked around either of my Subarus enough to have a decent idea about the suspension/alignment/etc., so I'm not sure what I'm going up against. 

I'm also going to have to replace the power steering rack, (the lines on the rack have rusted out) but I'll likely be having someone else do the labor for that...  Just not something I want to tackle in my driveway.
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Re: Axle replacement - How difficult? - 98 Forester
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2014, 09:36:31 AM »
I didn't think it was a bad job to do on the Outback.  The worst part was getting the ball joints out. If I had to do it again, I'd pull the castle nut, and use a pitman arm puller to get that free.  I'd double check them for wear on a 98 and replace if you need to.  You'll have most of that out of your way to do the axle anyway.  Some axles had a roll pin inboard by the tranny, that can be a pain to get lined up on install, and more of a pain if you forget it trying to remove it.

Make sure you get the nut off the axle end without a load on the wheel (have someone step on the brake) and back on the same way.  Be sure to unstake it and re-stake it after.

I'm sure I missed some detail here, Haynes, FSM or youtube can get you pictures, which are a big help.
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Re: Axle replacement - How difficult? - 98 Forester
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2014, 09:47:50 AM »
All I have ever done is remove the but off the axle by the knuckle, then remove the knuckle from the struts mounts (to keep it alignment set, mark the strut bolts with a paint pen or marker to make sure the bolts go back in the same position they came out)  Remove the pin on the female end near the transmission. The rest is easy, just pull the axle out and put the new one back in the same way you took it out.
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Re: Axle replacement - How difficult? - 98 Forester
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2014, 09:49:43 AM »
Biggest issue I've had was getting the hub nut off.

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Re: Axle replacement - How difficult? - 98 Forester
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2014, 09:53:00 AM »
I have always just used a breaker bar and spun it off that way
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Re: Axle replacement - How difficult? - 98 Forester
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2014, 09:00:27 AM »
I have always just used a breaker bar and spun it off that way

The shop I took it to broke a 1/2 inch impact socket on it, so had to use a 3/4 inch impact gun/socket.  My breaker bar was bending to an alarming degree, which is why I originally gave up.
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