2002 Forester 5MT, 205,000km
I am trying to remove my Rear Differential, to fix it (I think that one of the output-shaft taper-roller bearings is worn - I have a rear-end rumble & about 1mm radial & axial play on the output-shaft at the diff).
But I am stuck on the first step of the procedure. I cannot get the suspension lateral-links (front & rear) disconnected.
I cannot remove the long outer lateral-link bolt (#20540AA000). This has a 19mm hex head, and is about 150mm (6") long. I can remove the 19mm nut, and I can turn the actual bolt with difficulty, using lots of lubricant and a long breaker-bar. But the bolt will not move along its length to remove it. I've tried hammering on the loosened nut, but the bolt won't move.
How can I remove this bolt?
I'm reluctant to use heat, as this will destroy the rubber bushings. But maybe that doesn't matter, as it could be that a rubber bushing is seized onto the bolt any way.
Any advice for me? Thanks.
EDITED to add "a rear-end-rumble"
Edited by forester2002s, 11 April 2014 - 02:32 PM.