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Hi All.

I'm working on replacing the rear hubs on a 2014 Crosstrek, and having some trouble. I have removed everything (brakes, brackets, center hub nut, brake shoes and disk), but absolutely cannot get the hub itself off. I have also attempted to use a hub puller, but they use the driveshaft as a reactive point, and the driveshaft simply slides inward on the splines. I do not want to put too much pressure on the shaft since it is not meant to bear a load in a lateral direction - I'm concerned that force will damage a CV joint or differential internals.

Below is a list of things I have tried up to this point, but to keep it short, I'm looking for thoughts and recommendations, particularly from anyone who has done this before. Things tried to this point:

  1. Soak everything with PB Blaster,
  2. Beat the **** out of the hub and flange,
  3. Put the four hub assembly bolts in the opposite direction and tap them from the back,
  4. Mild heat (I only have access to a small propane torch),
  5. Put a jack under the hub flange and lift - this simply picked the entire car up off the jack stands without breaking the hub assembly away,
  6. Attempted to wedge a flathead screwdriver in between the splash plate and the suspension knuckle (it won't go in).

I've included a couple of pictures to give you an idea of what I'm looking at.

Any other thoughts?



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Google rear bearing for any Subaru starting around 2005+ as that’s when all the legacy and outback stuff went to bolt on bearings and are the same removal process.  Should find some other rust hole friends that have had this. I haven’t had any stuck bolt on bearings yet. 

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