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doing the rear wheel bearing and uh oh
Posted 02 March 2014 - 04:53 PM
Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:18 PM
The biggest problem with that is you'll probably never get a seal to seat properly. It's just going to leak and ruin the new bearing. The race should come out, though. There should be a lock ring on the other side, remove that and it'll tap out.
If it really is fused together, you could free it up with a die grinder, but at this point. It really isn't worth wasting a whole lot of time on that.
Edited by 987687, 02 March 2014 - 06:19 PM.
Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:26 PM
i got the lock ring out. it would have been nice to have noticed the melted race before i spent 45 minutes fighting it. so you think i should still at least try to tap it out. im in virginia right now trying to get this thing ready to head back to montana. not many of these lying around scrap yards here. i did find a brand new trailing arm from subaruparts.com for $130 plus a $30 bushing. add on a new wheel bearing to that, plus the other side.
Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:27 PM
oh what do should i use to try to tap it, i remember reading some where a hitch ball can be used but i forget what size.
Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:40 PM
I would use the old bearing and a piece of wood/metal against it to drive the race out if I didn't have any other means to do so.
Careful use of a die-grinder or Dremel wheel may clean the seal area up.
Posted 02 March 2014 - 07:08 PM
heres another pic.
ill try tapping it out tomorrow. i just had enough for today. ill hit it with the dremel and see if i can salvage it. might hit it with the dremel a bit before i tap it to try to free that area up. i need a bigger hammer. a trip to harbor freight may be in order. thanks for the input.
Posted 02 March 2014 - 07:49 PM
With that higher res pic, it looks like material was added around the seal seating area, leebo is right, with some careful use of a dremel/die grinder you could probably salvage the seat. You can also use JBweld to smooth out the seat and hopefully make the seal, seal.
I think if you're patient with that one, you'll be able to fix it and get a lot more life out of it.
A hitch ball works, you can also use a hammer as a race driver like this:
Posted 02 March 2014 - 07:52 PM
Also, one more thought, how is the hub/drum? You'll probably have to replace that because it'll be all scored to hell.
Posted 02 March 2014 - 08:41 PM
Were you beating on the ledge, thinking it was part of the race?
You're right...it aint going anywhere.
That being the case, on my 84 i used a dremel and made two notches in that ledge, 180 degrees apart, to facilitate getting a punch at the race itself. That ledge looks terrible, but i think it'll be fine. I bet a small chisel used carefully, you could peel most of the damaged metal away from the inside diameter of the housing, then touch the rest up with a dremel. As long as there arent any burrs sticking out that will keep the seal from seating all the way, itll be good to go. And if there are some bad scores in the housing where the seal would rest, put some RTV on it, then set the seal.
Posted 03 March 2014 - 12:00 PM
Use the butt end of a the 36mm socket you used to take off the nut.
It should fit nicely into the outer race. Then put a piece of wood or plate over the open end of the socket and hammer that sucka out.
Use a dremel to clean up the lip and then use some RTV on teh outer edge of the seal. Let it cure good before assembly and that should hold it in there.
The only damage I see is to the area that holds the seal so it should get you back to Montana no problem.....If the seal is shot and it goes bad again, you will be able to get a replacement in MT.
Posted 03 March 2014 - 01:37 PM
Posted 03 March 2014 - 01:48 PM
I kept having to tighten both rear axle nuts on this car which is why I'm doing both bearings. at some point or over time the extra play was the culprit.
Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:42 AM
And im going to admit, the very first time i ever did rear subaru bearings....I had a BFH and a punch, trying hard as i could to get that ledge to move. It didnt and i finally figured it out. A punch and BFH can do quite a bit of damage! (I blame it on beers, and poor lighting)
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