Last post on Mar 27, 2012 at 8:28 AM
You are in the Subaru Forester
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Subaru Forester, Auto Repair, Tires, Hatchback
#2 of 5 Re: Rear Axle/Hub/Bearing Alignment Maintenance [bluefireangel]
Mar 23, 2012 (7:58 am)
The early wheel bearings were a weak spot, indeed.
You could have them replaced with the sealed type that were used in the heavier Legacy, though, and those were longer lasting.
#3 of 5 Re: Rear Axle/Hub/Bearing Alignment Maintenance [bluefireangel]
Mar 25, 2012 (3:56 pm)
The wheel bearings were changed, a special tool was recommended to avoid deforming the wheel bearing housing, and it was recommended not to loosen or tighten the axle nut until the car was in the air with the wheel removed, and to not use air tools on the nut. There are also several other recommended procedures that the non-Subaru mechanic might not know to follow.
Subaru says failure to have the right tool and follow the right procedures is what causes repeated bearing failures.
Subaru's End Wrench publication had several articles on doing wheel bearings, which I have in PDF.
#4 of 5 Re: Rear Axle/Hub/Bearing Alignment Maintenance [aatherton]
Mar 26, 2012 (7:58 am)
So a Subaru dealer will be able to provide a new set of bearings that should not have the same issue of wearing out frequently?
Also, could you post a link to the PDF you mentioned?
#5 of 5 Re: Rear Axle/Hub/Bearing Alignment Maintenance [bluefireangel]
Mar 27, 2012 (8:28 am)
A Subaru dealer has a better chance of having the right tool, and having the right training and tech bulletins, to change the bearings so they don't wear out again soon.
I collected some PDF files, evidently from Endwrench. But you just can't go to endwrench.com and find them. It is an odd site as you will see. If I had your email I could send them to you.