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Hi
I live in snowy salty Canada and my rear door arms both corroded and snapped at the bearing at the weekend. Both arms work fine just the end bolt neck snapped. Is it possible to get these repaired since its just a small break?
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Exactly, how do I get the old ball out of the socket to allow me pop the new one in?

Alternatively the'end' on the hydraulic arm is 'crimped' on. Can it be pried off somehow? It seems a shame to waste 2 good arms due to a defective 10$ bearing.

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Not that I did this probably use wd40 wait awhile maybe a day and pick up some left handed drill bits. We had to do this when bolts broke on our shaker tables granted the bolts were threaded and would unscrew out using left handed drill bits. Maybe the wd40 would loosen the ball to come out while drilling.

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That's a great idea Lou. If I just drill into the sheared ball a few times it might allow enough room for the old ball to drop out? I'll try it. Worth a try to save 200$ thanks
 

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Drilled the broken bits out today! Took a while. One popped out perfectly. the other there is still a little bit left in there
Awaiting new nuts to see if they'll work
 

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So i got the new nuts for cheap enough online. But they wont screw into the trunk? The thread is wrong!!! What thread are these things on the 2014 forester?
Can anyone help?

Ive rang 5 or 6 places and they dont sell the bolt separate from the arm, and the arms are expensive as already mentioned. Possibly 150$ cad each! ***
 

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I,am confused, you are talking about nuts and bolts, and I saw in bman's post#4 replacement ball studs with matching lock nuts.

Did you purchase them?

Do the ball studs NOT thread into the hatch? That is the problem?

$70 per pair of struts
https://www.liftsupportsdepot.com/year-model-search/?#?Customfieldincludeinmmtysearch=Yes&Year=2015&Make=SUBARU&Model=FORESTER&Trim=2.5I CONVENIENCE WAGON 4-DOOR

Ofcourse they would call themselves liftsupportdepot......
Just input your yr make model info...
Made by Showa, ,$70 USD
 

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Sorry im a little slow, what dimension/thread did i buy that was incorrect?
 

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@jicjoc on that Amazon link you posted, read the Q&A. On one, the seller wrote "5/16 RH thread". That would indicate SAE thread & not metric thread, as you need for the Forester.

► Disclaimer - NOT recommended!
It might be possible to a use a 5/16"-18 tap to convert the metric threads to SAE threads, but that could cause a problem down the road, as the Subaru factory/OEM part would no longer fit. There's also the possibility the thread retapping may not work & you'd really be hosed!

Bobby...

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Ok. So my mate had a full set of taps that i could use to tap the hole into 5/16's thread... Is that a bad idea? I understand its modifying the car but does it really matter?
 
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