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Preparing for wheel bearing job...
Posted 19 January 2004 - 08:32 PM
When you put any suspension parts back together, you should always coat bolts with a thin coat of any cheap grease. It won't last forever but it will make a difference if you go to take it apart again within a couple of years.
Posted 19 January 2004 - 08:39 PM
Posted 26 January 2004 - 04:11 PM
I haven't been in here a while....what's the latest? You done with everything?
Posted 26 January 2004 - 05:18 PM
The bolt and nut from rallynutdon haven't arrived, if I don't see them tomorrow I will get one at the local dealer.
Posted 26 January 2004 - 06:08 PM
Posted 27 January 2004 - 09:10 AM
Posted 02 March 2004 - 08:55 AM
I got the lateral link bolt out without any trouble. The axle is rusted into the hub. No combination of heat, penetrating oil, BFH, or wheel puller would dislodge the axle. I have ordered a tool, OTC 7208, front wheel drive hub remover, which looks like it should push the axle out of the hub no problem, but it won't actually remove the hub AFAIK. The hub tamer should do that.
I underestimated how badly rusted into the bushing the lateral link bolt was. I ended up cutting the head off of the bolt, then pounding the bolt into the rear bushing as far as I could(1/2"), pulling the lateral link to the rear to expose a bit of the bolt between the bushing and the knuckle, then cutting the bolt with an angle grinder. Then I pushed the rear outer lateral link bushing out of the lateral link with a ball joint press. I pounded the remainder of the lateral link bolt forward and cut the bolt between the front bushing and the knuckle with the grinder. Then I removed the front bushing with the ball joint press. I never did get the bolt pieces out of either of the bushings. Rust is a force to be reckoned with, that's for sure.
That is where I am as of last night. I need to get another bushing at the dealer today and at least get the car back together so my wife can drive it. I will finish the bearing job when the tool arrives. This has turned into an epic!
Never a dull moment at the monster barage.
Posted 02 March 2004 - 04:56 PM
Posted 02 March 2004 - 05:28 PM
I got the other bushing 20251AA000 at the dealer today along with four new washers for the lateral link bolts. Believe it or not my tools should be here tomorrow, so I will probably get after this blasted project again this weekend.
I keep telling my wife that I do the work myself because it saves money, I wonder if she still believes me.
Posted 02 March 2004 - 09:51 PM
Posted 03 March 2004 - 02:03 AM
The struts came off my 99 Forester with little effort a couple of weeks ago.
Reading your efforts against the rust is painful.
Posted 03 March 2004 - 06:56 AM
Posted 03 March 2004 - 09:16 AM
Posted 03 March 2004 - 11:14 AM
I bought my dad a 70 Chevelle in Napa that was his last car. We had it rust proofed and it lasted several years before it became a rust bucket.
The trip cross country is always a bit risky in an old car though.
I don't know how hard it would be to get Forester wheel bearings in a truck stop in Nebraska.
I once had a pain just getting a tire for a Duster I was bring back East.
Posted 05 April 2004 - 11:18 AM
It also mentions not using air tools to remove or install axle nuts, another thing we were discussing.
Posted 05 April 2004 - 09:59 PM
I didn't lube my replacement Subaru bearing and, knock on wood, after about 10K, all is well except the Chinese rotors I put on are wearing pretty fast.
What are the dealers doing?
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