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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 01-30-2008, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Question Changing rear wheel bearings

I have a 2001 Forester that needs a new rear passenger wheel bearing. I would like to change it myself. I would like some advice from others before I start. Labor and suggested replacement parts. I cannot find this info in past postings.
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i got a quote from an Allen Tire shop yesterday. i asked them if i had brought the whole assembly to them to have them remove/press the bearing, it would cost $80+.

maybe somebody can give better info.

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You will need some special tools, a press for one, or there is a type that can be used on the car. There is a long bolt that will need to be removed, but any time I have done this job, it was rusted like crazy to the housing. If you are handy and have the tools, you should be able to do this. The other trick is to order the rear bearing for a Subaru Outback, as the ones for the Forester have been reported to fail more quickly!
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Thanks for the reply's. I now realize you need some special tools to press old out and new in, I was thinking as you Wag, to remove hub my self and have someone else remove and install the new bearing and seals. It sounds like after talking to a mechanic this morning they have changed to a tapered roller from the ball bearing that was original. This may have been the Outback bearing all along. This is aggravates me in that the ball bearing that is bad is only 12 months old and has 7,000 miles on it just driving around town. This is a $400 job to have it done.
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http://endwrench.com/current/Current6/03/WhBearRep.pdf
WhBearRep.pdf (application/pdf Object) THis will help Yaa, their are other tricks to this job ,but this gives you an idea.

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It's been years since I done it, but I just replaced the whole hub assembly. Quicker and no need of a press.

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how is that cost-wise? any cheaper?

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I did this job last May on my 99 Forester. I tried to rig a tool using large bolt, heavy washers, pipe coupling as receiver, etc. I finally removed the entire knuckle, which is what I'll do if job comes up again. Machine shop pressed old bearing out and installed new for $35. The wheel bearing is very tightly seated.

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Thanks for all of the info. Tech Mod, that is a great web site you gave. It sounds as if, from this info and talking to the Sabaru dealer today, they have gone to a tapered roller bearing that can be damaged if not installed properly. The dealer said there is no hub assembly with bearing avaliable for my car, so that doesn't seem to be an option. They did say they had had to buy special OTC brand pullers for this job which is mentioned at the web site given. Mine was installed by a knowledable shop, but does not deal specify with Sabaru's, I think that was my mistake. Since I just wasted $400 a year and a half ago and knowing this is a problem area that takes special pullers, I'm going with tha Sabaru dealer this time. Thanks again for all the input.
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how is that cost-wise? any cheaper?

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The assy. costs more, but you can do that in your garage with a decent set of tools.

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Any magic tricks (besides PB blaster and a lot of cussing) on how to get that *&^%$$^* rusted lateral link bolt out ?

Haven't even begun to get into the nitty gritty of this project with this hold up....
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Rear wheel Bearing

Hi guys,
I've bought a 2001 Forester a week ago, and i have to replace the rear wheel bearing. can any one provide me with a link to get a work shop manual pdf format? i am yet to find out why they fail and to have a better visiual on the chasis.

thank you.
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Any magic tricks (besides PB blaster and a lot of cussing) on how to get that *&^%$$^* rusted lateral link bolt out ?

Haven't even begun to get into the nitty gritty of this project with this hold up....

Be careful not to break it. I broke mine, had to buy the arm and new bolt. <<<SIGH>>> When I did the next one I just bought another new bolt for that one. Might as well they are very cheap.

If you still cant get it out I would replace the arm w/new bolt and just curse some more.

I have tried cussing, heating, PB, talking to it sweetly, and many other things, well, until I actually broke the head off the bolt and went bought new stuff. You might be in the same position as me.

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Hi guys,
I've bought a 2001 Forester a week ago, and i have to replace the rear wheel bearing. can any one provide me with a link to get a work shop manual pdf format? i am yet to find out why they fail and to have a better visiual on the chasis.

thank you.
Why they fail?
Well, they just do, welcome to the club. No, not being snarky or facetious, indeed they just fail, maybe driving, maybe pot-holes, maybe an act of vengeful Subaru god.

Well, as far as the manual goes - here you go, SUBARU Repair manual.
Complete for MY01: Download MY01_Forester.zip from Sendspace.com - send big files the easy way

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easiest way i have found to change the rear wheelbearing is to pull the differential. then you can use the bearing tool with the hub assembly on the car. wheel bearing tools are available to rent or borrow at most autoparts stores. saves you alot of time over dealing with that stupid bolt that siezes on every subaru i have dealt with

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