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I have been offered a very nice 2001 Outback that has a noise that's been diagnosed elsewhere on this forum as a bad front differential pinion bearing. I've had lots of other Subarus over the years and am familiar enough with them to accept the diagnosis. Question: Anybody know the flat-rate hours to replace the bearing? Does the transaxle need to be removed? I need an approximate cost of the repair to determine if I want to buy this Outback!

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swap the trans, much easier. if it's a 4 cylinder $500, if it's a 6 $1,000 for used transmissions. if it's still not a good deal based on those parts prices then they are asking too much for it.

yes the transmission needs to be removed to replace it. i gave a friend a good front diff to rebuild his blown one and the fresh rebuild blew not long after. i would proceed very cautiously rebuilding a front diff.

if you're still up for separating the trans to try to repair the front diff then go to USMB (maybe some others too - like NASIOC) - they have some folks with some decent info and pictures who have taking these apart before. they don't post often so don't expect a reply but you can find their old threads detailing the trans guts.
 

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The only difference for a H6 trans is the gearing, I thought... 2x the price just because of relative supply?
 
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