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Liberty Valance 30th March 2016 12:18 AM

Forester Rear Drive shafts
I have previously changed front driveshafts but never a rear one.

Is this an achievable job in a well equiped home workshop?
Any particular traps to look out for?

Also has anyone previous bought one of these from ebay

Robbks 30th March 2016 12:26 AM

piece of cake
Wheel off,
undo 32mm driveshaft nut**
undo bolt through lateral arms and hub
remove shaft.

**if the nut has never been off, it'll be bl00dy tight
remember to punch out the nut from the locking slot in the shaft.

Liberty Valance 30th March 2016 01:07 AM

Sounds too easy thanks!

I can remember bending a length of pipe on a breaker bar when removing the driveshaft nut on the old liberty.

idw 30th March 2016 04:47 AM

Job is easier than front shafts, Just need to make sure you've the right shafts, some have external stubs, some go into the diff, and the some of the lsds have od splines from ds - p/s.

Also, the only brand of shafts I've had fail on me are gsp, even secondhand genuine ntn have lasted longer. Although that is only from 1 set of shafts, and it took them 2 tries from the factory to get two identical shafts with the same part number, as apposed to two shafts with the same part numbers with odd lengths and weights.

greasemonkey03 1st May 2016 11:54 AM

That through bolt is a thorn in my side every time I have to do a rear axle or bearing. Just a small tip, if it's rust welded let it soak for a while with penetrant. If that still doesn't work (a breaker bar isn't a good idea on this bolt, ask me how I know. Lol) disconnect the rear arms from the inner mounting points. They come out much easier and if they snap are easier to replace. Mark the concentric or just get it realigned after.

Just my .02. Good luck.

greasemonkey03 1st May 2016 11:58 AM

Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, for axles I think I usually disconnect the strut and trailing arm and fold the spindle down. In any case, that through bolt can be a burden.

Liberty Valance 1st May 2016 06:54 PM

It ended up being a 20 minute job, one of the easiest repairs I've done.
Thanks to everyone for the technical advice.

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