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Old 06-05-2002, 01:19 PM   #1
Bob O
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Exclamation Rear Wheel Bearing Replacement?

Anyone ever done this? I have one that's bad and it needs replaced. I hear the bill is $300 and I really don't want to pay for labor that I can do, being that it's likely not under warranty (touch over 60k). My thoughts were that I could pull the hub, take it in and have them press the bearing out and press the new one in and save some cash. I can afford to have them do it, I just would rather not pay them.

Give me your thoughts.

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Old 06-05-2002, 05:37 PM   #2
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I would have them press it in and out. I have done a couple. It is definately not an easy job. It is a peice of cake to get the hub assembly off of the car, but the bearings hardly ever want to come out. Don't make the common mistake most technicians would make. The grease in the new bearing is NOT WHEEL BEARING GREASE. It is only shipping grease and must be replaced with the proper stuff. This is the most common reason for further failure of a replaced bearing.

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Old 06-05-2002, 05:43 PM   #3
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hum, parhaps that is why Merchants has had to replace the same one 2 times, and they said it was my fault... he asked me If I drove through any large puddles, because it seemed like there was no grease in there, like it had been washed out....


I have a question.... does a blinking CEL do anything to affect your performance? like does it put the ECU into "safe" mode??
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Old 06-05-2002, 09:25 PM   #4
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A flashing check engine light means that the catalytic convertor is in danger of immediate damage. i.e. an eccessively rich mixture probably caused by a misfire. The extreme temperatures created by this can melt the internals of the catalytic convertor. Of coure this all directly affects engine performance. The computer will try to compensate, but the flashing CE lights indicates that it is out of the computers control.

Did Merchants remember to also replace the THREE seals that are seperate from the bearing and need to be replaced?

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Old 06-05-2002, 11:10 PM   #5
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jake- I'm not sure about the seals....

So how would I fix the light? I took it to Dulles Subaru.. they could'nt reset it? but they are not that great, should I take it to another dealer???

I can still tune with the AFC, and you can see the difference it makes with the EGT...

The light started after I had programmed a remote control for the keyless entry system. ECU reset does'nt do anything...

With my turbo install 2 weeks away, what should I do? I mean the rich mixture is good..... and the cat section is going bye-bye... so should I get this fixed first? or like with it?

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Old 06-06-2002, 12:06 AM   #6
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i finally got my tech to put a legacy bearing under warranty since this is my 2nd wheel being replaced but now i have a legacy bearing so i should be good to go. Now i have to wait for the other side now
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Old 06-06-2002, 01:59 AM   #7
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IIRC a blinking CE light is something that you should get fixed right away! I think it means that a cylinder is misfiring and you know what that could lead to... Please take your car to a dealer so that they can pull the code. Also check your spark plug wires and pull the plugs if you have time to see whats up. Post ur blinking CE light problem in N/A forum and someone will help ya.

Blinking CE light is bad

Edit: I did a search for ya and found this http://www.i-club.com/forums/showthr...blinking+light

-Chav

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Old 06-06-2002, 09:32 AM   #8
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Blinking CEL's are bad? I had mine wired to be like a strobe light. That way when I'm driving around at night it's a 'club' atmosphere in my car. Really attracts the ladies.
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Old 06-06-2002, 09:43 AM   #9
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Given the time frame I wanted this changed in I had the dealer do it (they were able to fit me in yesterday) where I would have had to wait for parts as well as the time involved pulling the hub and taking it to them to press out/in (after seeing their bearing press, I'll use the one at the B&D shop, it's no different). No noise now, but it cost me $400. I'm doing the next one on my own, I'm planning to get the parts now so I don't have to have them do it again.

I plan on sending a letter to Subaru as well as biotching out the Sube reps at the 30th meet in Bel Air. I'm also planning on starting a thread to collect the number of people who have had problems (hopefully I can get actual copies of their service records for real proof), and send that to Subaru as well as threatening with sending it to some concerned consumer groups and media. The fact that the bearing is only covered under the 36k warranty and not the drivetrian is ludacrious. And the fact that the have a TSB that specifies the use of the Legacy bearing is evidence that the bearing they were using is crap. This is bull *****.

On the good side of things I can, properly thrash the new suspension.

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