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2000 OBW Rear Wheel Bearing Replacement Tip
Good afternoon, I just completed the replacement of a rear wheel bearing/hub on my 2000 Outback and I thought I would share a tip to make it easier. I followed the factory manual replacement method, but because of my inability to remove the transverse link to enable removal of the axle/cv joint, I modified it based upon the tools I have.
I removed the brake caliper, rotor and parking brake shoes/hardware.
I removed the 4 bolt that affix the hub to the backing plate/spindle (?).
I used a slide hammer to remove the outer hub flange (where the wheel studs are mounted).
Here's the tip, purchase 3 m12 x 80mm extra fine thread bolts an use them to affix your slide hammer puller to the hub base. Essentially, you bolt the plate to the mounting holes that are normally used to affix the hub base to the spindle, just from the opposite side.
I was able to remove the hub bearing base from the backing plate without removing the transverse link or the axle, saving the struggle with the long bolt and potential alignment issues.
I will add photos when I'm back in front of my computer, but I thought I would help others struggling with the standard methodology.