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#1 mikec03

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:44 PM

I just tried to remove the rear strut on a 95 subaru but there wasn't enough room to get it out.  I only jacked up one wheel.  I now notice on a DIY an implication that I need to jack up both back wheels so the sway bar will allow the wheel to drop low enough.

 

Is that right? 



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Posted 23 July 2013 - 11:11 PM

probably

 

another option would be to put everything back together enough to drop the car (or drive both side up on ramps) and take the sway bar end link loose - probably get by just loosening on one side, not sure though if it might still hit some interference, best to loosen both sides)



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:47 AM

i just did a 99 and 96 recently rear drivers side and it was easy so it must be something like you said - jack up the entire rear to alleviate suspension strain.  i don't recall where/how I lifted those, if it was side or entire rear.



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:41 AM

Sway bar will hold the suspension up on the side that's raised.
Put a jack under the knuckle and lift it up a bit until you can get the link bolt out of the sway bar.

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 11:06 AM

Fairtax4me:

 

Can't I just jack the other side up too?   I would rather do that then fuss with the link bolt.



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 11:15 AM

I guess I thought you had no way to lift more than one side at a time.

 

 

 

when I did my 03, I had the entire back up in the air - jackstand on each side.

 

dunno if older models are the same, but i still had to use the scissor jack to push the hub down a little, and a floor jack to lift stuff a little to make getting that lower bolt in and out easier.


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 11:38 AM

I'm not making myself clear.  I actually have no problem getting the bolts out.  I should have said that.  But the top of rear strut is in a tower like enclosure and doesn't have enough play.  The wheel would have to drop 5" more to allow the bottom of the strut to come out towards the outside of the car.



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:42 PM

oh, it's a real strut where I was dealing with a shock/spring deal.

 

maybe a control arm has to come loose?



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:50 PM

I looked at a youtube video but there was no mention of any drama or special dis-assembly so, I dunno.

 

Can you just drop it to the ground behind the hub then just drag it out?



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 01:31 PM

You didn't take the strut mount nut off the strut did you? The 3 small nuts on the bearing mount come off and the unit comes down with the spring still compressed.

 

Or has the car been in a wreck and the area's sheet metal has been deformed?

 

Um - maybe you could post a picture of what you're dealing with.


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 10:12 PM

You can certainly jack the other side up, but the sway bar may still hold the rear suspension in a position that will make it difficult to remove the strut.
The sway bar tries to hold the suspension on each side in the same place relative to the opposite side.
If you disconnect the link, you'll get another 3-5" of room or more by pushing down on the knuckle.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 07:30 AM

UPDATE 

 

Removing the top bolt from the stabilizer link allowed the removal of the rear strut, although there is barely enough clearance.  Jacking up both back wheels probably works too, but it it didn't look like there would be enough clearance so I took out the bolt.  It's easy, but you just have to remember to set the car down on the tires before putting the stabilizer bolts back in.






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