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#13 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [xwesx]
Oct 30, 2008 (7:43 am)
I have 2000 Forester and the inner boot failed. I am getting knocking after driving 40 miles or so. I ordered an axle for $75 over the internet. What should I look out for when changing the axle out?
#14 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [phil2000]
Oct 30, 2008 (8:20 am)
paisan would be a good person to ask. It's not exatly an easy task, I've heard.
#15 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [ateixeira]
Oct 30, 2008 (2:38 pm)
Well, no, it is not difficult to do it, but it does take a lot of labor to get to the point of being able to remove the old one and then get the new one in. I would say that as long as you have a guide book (Haynes, Chilton) to inform you of the procedure, you should have no problems. The axles on my '96 Outback were held to the transaxle with pins that crossed the diameter of the spline. That was the toughest part for me. PITA to get the little bugger out (and the new one in). I lucked out on my second axle though, and did it while I had the engine out of the car. Hahah; what a breeze that was!
#16 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [xwesx]
Oct 30, 2008 (7:18 pm)
Yeah it's a bit of a PITA but just go through it and you can probably do it in about 3hrs. We can do it in about 1-2hrs these days after practice. Like wes said the pins are the hardest part. The newer cars (newer Imprezas and Legacies) don't have the pins.
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#17 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [xwesx]
Dec 25, 2008 (10:38 pm)
I have a blown head gasket that i am replacing in my 98 outback. I am to the point of removing the engine and i have all of the trans axle bolts and engine mount bolts removed but the engine won't come out. Do you have any tips on getting the engine out? It seems that the trans axle bolts are running through from the engine to the trans axle and that could have a little something to do with it. I am scared of trying to force anything apart. Any ideas would be great!
#18 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [kapl3959]
Dec 28, 2008 (1:12 pm)
Splitting it apart isn't an easy task. Especially on an older car.
Getting the transmission apart from the block may require an air chisel to split it apart. Also try some good penetrating oil.
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#19 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [kapl3959]
Jan 05, 2009 (10:17 am)
Well, it is a bit tricky, especially because the engine mounts have studs, meaning that "removing the bolts" actually entails removing the nuts from the studs (which are affixed to the mounts that are in turn bolted to the engine block). That means the studs stay on the engine, so the engine must be lifted both up and forward to remove.
Here's how I did it with mine, twice:
First, place a floor jack under the transmission pan, and lift the jack, with a 2x4 (or other large-surface-area block of wood) between the pan and the jack to avoid damaging the pan, just to the point where it connects with and applies slight pressure on the transmission. Then, remove the support the connects the top of the transmission housing to the firewall of the car. It should be very obvious, located directly on the top of the transmission and exactly centered on the firewall. You need only remove one end, firewall or transmission, not both. Once disconnected, swing it out of the way. Now, your transmission has some wiggle room.
With your engine attached to a puller, lift it a little. Now, lift the jack a little until pressure is applied to the transmission again. Rinse and repeat. Okay, forget rinsing, but you get the picture. Once you get the angle just right, you should be able to separate the engine with some forceful wiggling. There are two short (3/8" or so?) studs on the transmission that align it with the engine, so once you separate it that far, they should pop apart rather suddenly. Then, you simply slip the engine out of the bay.
Oh, now that I look, you did remove the flexplate screws, right? If not, you will find the removal to be... challenging. I assume you did, but if not, there is a covered access port in the back, top, left side of the block. Pull off the rubber cover, turn the engine using a 22mm socket on the crankshaft bolt until the first bolt appears in the access, then remove. Repeat for all five (or were there only four?).
#20 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [xwesx]
Jan 05, 2009 (10:18 am)
Oh, jeez. Just noticed that you posted ten days ago. You probably had the engine out and back in by now!
#21 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [zenproductions]
Dec 02, 2009 (4:03 pm)
I was just reading about your dilemma and I am going through something similar. Mine is an 05 outback with only 45,000 mi and I have already had to replace all brake pads and roters, both Cats and now the boots on both interior CV boots are blown apart. And to ice the cake my warreny ran out 3 weeks ago!!! The Dealer I took it to is trying to charge me $750 to replace the CV joints and axles!!! I almost died. My husband is on the phone with Subaru now, but is getting nowhere with them. I am very dissappointed so far. My 98 outback has over 200,000 mi and not one of these problems. I should just fixed the rust..*sigh*
#22 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [missv1]
Dec 03, 2009 (6:49 pm)
Is it driven under heavier duty circumstances?
A rock tore a boot on our Mazda 626. Not much you can do but change it. The grease shorted out the 02 sensor so it cost a bunch to fix.