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www.car-part.com is a nationwide database of used subaru parts.  i can find a $15 axle and have it shipped to me.  i don't need to wait for the local place to get one. I think i've even seen some canadian yards on there as well, not sure if there are many or just ones close to the border? 

 

with shipping or knowing someone, you've got options. 

 

or craigslist - or kiji or whatever that board is in canada they use - there's others place people part out subarus. 

 

subaruoutback.com would be a good place to ask for assistance in canada as well - if someone knows someone parting a car, sources of used parts, axles, etc. 

I'll check it out, thanks!

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In Salt Lake City: CV Axle Express sells a rebuilt [in house] OEM axle for $65. They have a good reputation and good service. They'll rebuild yours same day.

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In Salt Lake City: CV Axle Express sells a rebuilt [in house] OEM axle for $65. They have a good reputation and good service. They'll rebuild yours same day.

 

Too bad I don't still live in SLC  :(

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I wonder what's included with a $65 rebuild axle.

Has it just been cleaned and rebooted?

Or have the CV interior-mechanisms also been refurbished?

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I wonder what's included with a $65 rebuild axle.

Has it just been cleaned and rebooted?

Or have the CV interior-mechanisms also been refurbished?

 

            

                              

one of

the reasons typical rebuilts are a poor risk is, they grind the carrier

until the pits are gone and drop in new oversized ball-bearings. But,

they are also grinding away the case hardening. Couple that with the

likely cheap bearings and cheap grease and cheap boots...well, the risk

starts getting high.

 

many folks will get used Subaru axles from a junkyard (car-part.com)

and rebuild them with new grease and boots. I would prefer new axles,

even if Chinese, to typical rebuilts. 

 

I caught my OEM axles just after the inner boots split so, I used a

Beck-Arnley boot kit and cleaned and rebuilt them. But, that is risky if

the boot has been split for months/years. Outer joints are even more

risky if they have been exposed for a few days/weeks. Inner boots fail

early from exhaust heat.

 

But, if you have clicking/thumping - probably time to replace the axle.

 

some folks report good experience from Raxles. I don't know if FWE/MWE in Colorado is still an option anymore.

 

the 'best' option is new NTN axles from Subaru - but $$$ .

 

If you don't mind the DIY approach, reboot some axles from a wreck -

inner 'cups' should be green - probably stamped NTN somewhere.

 

My personal recommendation if you don't want to do the above, get

highly rated new axles; FEQ, EMPI or similar from autozone, or rockauto,

etc.

 

 

   

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