Originally posted by CNY_Dave
I have a bearing job in front of me at some point.
So you just pulled the whole spindle carrier and set it up on the press, and everything just came out the way it was supposed to?
I'd like to see the subaru tool that lets you do this on the car, and try to duplicate it.
Yes, I pulled the knuckles off the car.
Basically after that you press the hub out of the knuckle, you remove the inner seal, and the snap ring right below it. At this point you can press the race out from the outer side of the knuckle (wheel) to the inner side (axle) using the old bearing.
From there you just reverse the procedure. I used the old race to press in the new race. Install the snap ring, bearings, then outer seal. Then press the knuckle back onto the hub and install the inner seal and you're set.
Don't get me wrong there were several bolts that were a real beotch. The toughest for me were the tie rod ends, and ball joints.
This tool made short work of them though:
The other was the passenger hub nut. Took a 6' breaker bar and wife holding the brakes to get that puppy loose.
I bought 2 cans of PB Blaster but ended up not using it. I was surprised that being a snow car all its life things weren't a little tougher. I don't think they use as much salt out here as they do back east though.
I'm doing the rear bearings and struts this weekend. They seem ok but with 165,000 miles I'm sure it's just a matter of time. Hard to complain as these are the original factory bearings and struts.
Here's a list of the tools I needed to do the Job. I bought Harbor Freight because the chance of me using them more than a few times are slim to none. Plus you can always find a 20-50% off coupon out there on the internet somewhere:
Press for hub and race:
Bearing seal driver set for press (you could use big sockets if you have them):
Seal Puller (you could use a screwdriver, but this thing works well):
Ball Joint/Tie rod end seperator (this thing will save you a ton of time!! I tried a pickle fork but all it did was tear up the boot):
Bearing Separator (if you are going to reuse the hubs & the outer bearing stays on the hub, which it probably will.):
and a 32mm hub nut socket (I think I read an 1 1/4" socket will work also but not 100% sure.)