After a scary situation on the highway (high speeds + braking quickly with warped rotors) I decided that the axles, wheel bearings, and rotors should be done.
My diagnosis was as follows:
-high speed braking caused wheel shaking -- WARPED ROTORS
-when passing obstructions (cars, buildings, fences etc) heard rattling while rolling and in gear driving -- WHEEL BEARINGS
-axle boot on right side was torn apart, grease everywhere and speed matched thunking when compression breaking -- AXLE
2 low mileage (basically new) axles from marcusgl10z28 (thanks, I appreciate it)
2 new centric rotors ($8.99 each)
4 new 6207 2RS C3 bearings from McGuire bearings (12.97 each)
Got the car up, removed the wheels and tore apart the brake stuff.... pads had lots of cracks and a chunk fell off... hmm, NEW PADS (nice little $40 surprise right there... Tore down more, removed axles, hammered out the bearings and put the new bearings in...
Parts list addition:
Wagner thermoquiet brake pads (supposedly "WORLDS BEST" -- from the TV show) $29.99 so why not.
Tried prying the axle through the hub... axle nut flys off end... Oh crap, I stripped axle... Luckily no, just the castle nut... TO THE YARD... Got 5 axle nuts, all in great shape (just in case) and a few cone washers to compare lips. Didn't wanna risk it, so I used Milesfox's video and hammered with a block of wood until the axle was 90% through and started reassembly. First the DS tie-rod end stripped out (kept turning with the nut and wouldn't allow me to tighten it (bummer, those had just been replaced less than a year ago) -- so Ned sat like this for a day...
Another Parts addition:
DS Tie Rod End (outer) -- $15 and a day using the parents truck ($15 in gas)
Got that part, got it together WHOOT WHOOT...
Then the same thing happened on the other side (why didn't I think that would happen)
Last parts addition (I hope)
PS Tie Rod End (outer) -- $15 and another day of using the parents truck ($15 in gas)
Ned is back on the ground after I bled the brakes a bit up front until clear fluid came out (question on end) and drove him around the block... Ick... I prefer the WRX... but I love my little car...
Thanks for sticking through this (at least I included pics) here are my questions:
I just bled the front brakes, and since the car was on jackstands my helper (girlfriend) refused to get in the car and just pushed on the brake pedal with her hand as I bled them. The brake pedal now goes to the floor with pressure, and the car stops... but not like I want it to... how do I tighten that up more... or is that ANOTHER surprise broken part (master cylinder Id presume)... If I need to bleed it more... should I do a FULL bleed (all four wheels) or is just the two fronts okay? Can I do it on the ground somehow so the car isn't on jackstands (girlfriend less sketched out)
Thanks, 92_Rugby_Subie and Ned