Well, yesterday I thought I'd take a couple hours and change the "original" CV axles on my Impreza. 2 boots, one on each side, finally split after 20 years and 74K.
Well I have changed many axles and I figured a couple hours tops. Started on the right side and all went well. The axle just slipped out of the hub, the ball joint fell out and all is good! (Thanks to a TX car and no rust I thought). Well on to the left. all went well, but the axle would NOT come out of the hub. Despite, heat, PB blaster, a hammer, a sledge hammer, 2 different types of pullers, a few bad words and a nights sleep. Nada...it WOULD NOT EVEN BUDGE. So I decided I would have to take the knuckle and axle and take it to the axle shop. Guess what....they could not even press it off with a massive press! WTH! Its trash! What a waste!
Has anyone ever had this issue with an original axle and hub? So I had to source a used one fast. (I found one in about 2 hours and they pulled it for me) I'm just to old to do this grunt work anymore!! It was $45....well worth it to have it handed to me!
So it's getting a new bearing and seals and I should be good. But my 2 hour job turned into 3 days!
Now my question:
When I took the old knuckle off, I marked the alignment spot on the adjustable top strut/knuckle, (strut to knuckle). Now that I have a different one....how best can I set this? Do I really need to get an alignment now?