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Unread 19th June 2011, 08:26 AM
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Default CV Boot & Axle Replacement guide

Well I thought I would add this topic as a guide and maybe a sticky to help people replace a CV boot or Axel on their Subaru/s. With most Subaru's the job is almot exactly the same, very few differences between models and years which makes it easy.

Here are some websites with pictures that are very helpful

Axel replacement and steps to reomve the CV/axel
http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t664...nt-w-pics.html

http://legacygt.com/forums/showthrea...le-108975.html

http://fgerid.blogspot.com/2010/05/d...placement.html

This was very helpful!


Changing the torn boot with a new one
http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t503...placement.html


A few notes I might add...

- Remove the lower and upper strut bolts to get the CV out, don't disconnect the lower ball joint that connects to the control arm. (Just remember to mark where the upper strut bolt is so you don't mess up your wheel alignment) The ball joint is extremely hard to remove, I spent hours trying to get it out even using the correct method (maybe its just my car)

- Secure your Subaru with a proper jack stand, not the OEM one or a dodgy job like THIS (Yes I used scrap bits of wood lying around the house, better than bricks though )



- When aligning up the CV spline to the gearbox/front diff I used a screw driver to check that the hole was lined up rather than putting the pin in and getting it stuck.

- Remove the disk brakes, pads and rotors to help get the CV out. Do this before undoing the strut bolts.

- Have someone to help you, don't do it alone! It is doable but if your not mechanically minded or a mechanic like me then the extra help is very useful.

The CV boot, grease and clamps cost me a total of $20au compared to paying a mechanic $100 an hours with 2 or 3 hours labour and parts. $20 vs $300~ It did take me 15odd hours but it was a great learning experience and I know with some of the proper tools and extra help I could of done it in 3-4hours easily.
I had quite alot of touble getting the CV out of both shafts, the spline/axel pin out and in. This is what was time consuming...

If I can do this then anyone can! Believe me. Hope this is of some help.

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This post on ozfoz helped me a lot:

http://ozfoz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=1024
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You can only look at that thread if you have an account of ozfoz though.
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True, figured if you own a forester it's worth joining for a gander.

Ps - no commercial association.
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Excellent write up taza!!! Stickied.
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Top write up taza
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I found an excellent video (not vehicle specific though)
https://www.ericthecarguy.com/suspen...id=jydxpsh13WQ

Ericthecarguy.com has a ton of videos that have been helpful to me. I have no affiliation whatsoever just found it a useful site.

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If this is going to become a sticky, better correct the spelling howler in the title! For "axel" read "axle".
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Tannin... r u very particular???? Hmmmmm!
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Not as a rule mate, but there are limits.
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