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#1 2020-10-28 12:47:18

Registered: 2020-10-28
User Number: 47057
Posts: 1

Axle Seal Issues

Hello all, I recently took my car to my mechanic because it had leaky front axle seals (I have the 5mt). He went to replace them and discovered the size seems to be different than he thought. After that, he looked for the correct size and couldn't figure it out so he ended up replacing the entire seal housing with ones that he could find the seals for. He did this replacement, I picked up the vehicle and they started leaking really bad after a day of driving. Turns out, these seals popped out and weren't the correct size either. We are both currently trying to figure out what is going on here. Anyone else have experience doing axle seals on a 9-2x aero? What is my mechanic missing? Are the seals different? Please let me know if you know anything.



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#2 2020-10-28 13:54:40

From: Central CT
Registered: 2005-11-09
User Number: 890
Posts: 631

Re: Axle Seal Issues

There are a few variations that complicate things as Subaru used male and female axles (and stubs) in this timeframe. Some need the sundials removed but Aero and Linear should be the easiest replacement, sundials do not need to be disturbed. I replaced them on my 06 Linear recently, 806735290 and 806735300. Keep in mind there are handed for specific sides of the trans, though I doubt that would cause a big leak like you're seeing.



#3 2020-10-30 15:09:34

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Registered: 2014-11-30
User Number: 25881
Posts: 530

Re: Axle Seal Issues

as stated there could be some variation depending on what specific transmission you have.
generally speaking the same year and model of Impreza will have the same parts, you can use to look up the part numbers
i can confirm as I just recently did this to a few different cars, that some transmissions you have to remove the seal housing ("sundial") to put the seal in from the back, and some you can just do it from the outside.



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