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Rear wheel bearings word of warning

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So our XV (2012) has just hit 70,000 miles and a couple months ago one of the rear wheel bearings started to go bad. It was just before the Mot and I didn't have time to deal with it so let the Mot garage do the work. To get a subaru part was going to cost ~£180+vat so they ended up fitting an aftermarket part for around £120 + 2 hours labour. Anyway fast forward a couple months and the other side starts to rumble. I managed to get a subaru one from ebay for the price of an aftermarket one, and with some spare time thought I'd have a go myself. Last weekend I watched a few YouTube videos and started taking things apart. All went well until the final removal of the assembly. That thing would not budge! I spent a couple hours trying everything to get it out with no luck. As time was marching on and my wife needed the car the next day I soaked what I could with penetrating spray, cut my losses and put it all back together. Fast forward to today. Having a better understanding of what I was getting myself into I went down to my friends unit so we could use the lift and have a better go at it. To start with we tried the same deal, put the 4 bolts through loosely from the back and hit them with a hammer. No go. Put everything back together loosely and roll car back and forward left and right to try and break the rust. No go. Three prong puller on the drive shaft/axle. I stopped when I thought I was going to wreck the CV joint. In the end we had to release the two non pillow /ball connections to the suspension (of a toltal 4) so we could get enough movement of the hub to pull the axle out. After that, bolt it all together again to hold it firm. We then tried another puller but couldn't get anything solid to pull against. Eventually it came down to getting the biggest socket we could onto the back of the housing and hitting it as hard as we could again and again. Anyway, once it popped out, I cleaned up the rust put a large amount of copper grease on and put the new one in.

So in short. If you have some rust on your car, don't trust the YouTube videos, and be prepared to get some use out your big hammer. If it doesn't go easily you might have to go to pound town on it. 

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Trick on these is a long barrel air hammer .
Take all bolts out and try get it rotate a little using bolt hole ears for hammering .

Once moves a little swap to a chisel bit in the air hammer to work it out .

They can be a right c0(k without the air hammer .

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13 hours ago, Mr B said:

Trick on these is a long barrel air hammer .
Take all bolts out and try get it rotate a little using bolt hole ears for hammering .

Once moves a little swap to a chisel bit in the air hammer to work it out .

They can be a right c0(k without the air hammer .

Good advice for anyone with an air hammer. I had a good go at the ears with a hammer and chisel to try and get it to rotate. But no luck. Maybe time to invest in an air hammer! 

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if you got air then proper long barrel is a game changer,  makes the impossible not only possible but quick & easy and less damaging over clumping stuff with large lump hammer ect ...

facom nano impact and air hammer 2 tools i couldn't be without, pretty cheap too both under £100, facom was at £99, decent air hammer start around £80 ...

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I can tell you without an air hammer you’ll be looking at 3-4hr job,plenty de block oil,hammering oh and swearing 😂

my dad and I replaced the n/s/r hub today and the old one looked like this when finished 🥵😳

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Wow, that looks like a lot of brute force went into getting that out! How many miles were on the car for them to look like that? 

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That looks to have been a real pain it the BTM!

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Yes plenty brute force just what you need when doing the job on the driveway!!!! NOT!

63k on the clock but that corner did take fair thump from a pothole just recently 🥺

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Interesting comments about potholes.  We all can tell stories of potholes as most roads in the UK have them but the situation seems to be getting worse rather than better.  Even worse now is the number of near misses I see where drivers try to avoid them swerving at the last second into traffic.  I've just reported one outside our house that was repaired, badly, a few years ago but has very quickly reopened and is now 90 x 50cm and spits stones onto the drive.

I've certainly seem cars with rims that have disintegrated as a result of potholes so the potential damage to the suspension and drive systems must be high.

Anyway glad you got it sorted.

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you can send a damages claim into your local council .

i've supplied paper work for couple customers over the years, if do your homework and got the time it gives the useless councils some agro and some of you money back 😄

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