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Old 05-18-2008, 04:26 AM   #1
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Default At home wheel bearing install

I tell ya, it is a really daunting task...especially when you do it at home with no press but i did it. Let me warn you that it is a very tool intensive process and I just happened to have most. It involves an assortment of jaw style pullers, a welder, slide hammer, air hammer, seal installers, a freezer and an oven. It starts with pulling the brake assembly off to the bare hub. You need to remove the 33mm? nut holding the axle in place, so that was an unexpected trip to schucks. Got that nut off and wheeled out the compressor that only went up to 100 psi and tripped the circuit breakers and then on kept tripping them. Take the air hammer and start going at it on the center of the axle to push it out. After that's out, slide hammer the centerhub out. Give it a lot of muscle because it gave me a fight. Now take the whole nuckle out. Make sure to use the puller on the steering rod because it's tapered. NOw bring out the welder or buy beer for a friend who owns one. Lay a bead on the inside of the bearing race on both sides. It took me a lot of screwing around before attempting this. So now, take a chisel(if you did it right), give it a few taps and the bearing should fall right out. putting it back in was a different story. I took the bare steering nuckle assembly and threw it into the oven until it reached almost 400 degrees. The new bearing race was in the freezer for an hour. Get ready because when everyting is at the right temp, it is do or die. get some gloves, pull out that really hot knuckle face down, make sure your gloves aren't hot and take out the new bearing race from the freezer. Line the race up perfectly before having it contact the knuckle. Place it in and start tapping,if you did it right, the race should literally drop in and seconds later you will hear the metal expanding. As I said, you have one chance at this or it will be one bug headache. And assembly is the opposite of what you did. Anyways just a little insight on what you can do at home if you have the skill. Cheers!
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:29 AM   #2
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I am probably going to try this method:

I am trying to avoid the extremes you went through. Thanks for posting your experience. If I cannot get it to work using the link above, I will probably go to a Subaru specialist.
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