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Posted 27 October 2003 - 01:21 PM
Amongst them, four struts.
1) First thing I would like to know from those with older cars and having replaced some struts, is what are the chances I will have also to relplace the strut support (the part on top of the strut) and maybe other suspension parts as well. If so this will give me the chance to order in advance.
2) Also, if the gods permit, I will replace at the same time, the complete clutch assembly, crank and cam seals, struts, front bearings and frond drive axles.
Anyone done this and have some advice to share with me ?
Posted 27 October 2003 - 09:19 PM
Doing bearings on a front/all wheel drive is a pain in the neck. The ones I did in the past I did the old fashioned way, with a hydraulic press with the steering knuckle removed from the car. I recently invested in a hub tamer which allows replacement of the bearing with the knuckle on the car. It should almost pay for itself when I do the rear bearings on the outback. I have used it several times already for other things. It is a very versatile set of tools. If I were you I would search around and see if someone rents out hub tamers or similar tool sets.
Posted 28 October 2003 - 08:40 AM
Regarding the bearings, my intention was to remove the knuckles and bring them to a mchine shop or to a dealer to have the old bearings removed and the new on pressed in.
But the idea of buying a «hub tamer» and doing it myself appeals to me.
Could you give me some more info on that tool. What brand you bought, etc.?
And thanks again.
Posted 28 October 2003 - 10:04 AM
Endwrench has some info on subaru recommended procedures for doing the bearings. They no longer recommend using a hydraulic press because it may damage the new bearings.
I am not sure if the hub tamer can actually remove the hub. I am almost positive it can, but I haven't used it for that yet. In the subaru procedure they use a slide hammer to remove the hub.
Those may or may not apply to your car, but the information may be useful anyway.
Posted 28 October 2003 - 09:15 PM
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Posted 28 October 2003 - 11:58 PM
While you're at it, replace the ball joints and tierod ends, if you haven't so already...I recommend it highly. You'll feel much improved steering feel and stability.
Posted 29 October 2003 - 12:31 AM
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