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#1 2012-12-27 11:47:25

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Wheel Bearing/Hub Replacement

So my 05 Aero has 125k on it and I am starting to get some wheel bearing noise.  I would like to get all 4 corners done, but am having a hard time coming up with all the info I need for doing this. 

I have heard that there are full hub assemblies that are available where the originals can be unbolted from the knuckles and new ones put on with new bearings, etc already installed without the need for a bearing press, etc.  Will these work for the 92x, and are they available for the rear corners as well?  Have any of you used these, and if so, where did you get them?

I am looking to get this done with the minimum amount of downtime possible.

Thanks.

Chris


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#2 2012-12-27 16:11:05

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Re: Wheel Bearing/Hub Replacement

unfortunately, subaru has to have them pressed in at all corners.


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#3 2012-12-28 03:02:28

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Re: Wheel Bearing/Hub Replacement

Narrow down your particular culprit and replace with junkyard low mileage king pin?

Cheapest easiest route.  All 4 really sounds like overkill.  Some cars with 200k never need this done...


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#4 2012-12-28 09:43:45

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Re: Wheel Bearing/Hub Replacement

Most of the time you can get away with just doing the fronts the first time around.  (Assuming it is a front humming)


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#5 2012-12-28 10:33:56

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Re: Wheel Bearing/Hub Replacement

arrow-up  most of the time you can get away with just doing the worn bearing (usually a front).  This is a no big deal job, 1 day in the shop if you leave it, less than half a day if you wait.  At least in my world, the money spent is worth the time saved.


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#6 2012-12-28 11:52:26

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Re: Wheel Bearing/Hub Replacement

Thanks.  It does look like the STI's have a full hub/bearing assembly available, but not for the standard wrx/92x...bummer:

http://www.partsgeek.com/j4rzgtj-subaru … embly.html

I'm going to call around and see what it will run me to have it done.  Honestly, if it was summer, I would definitely attempt it myself, but working in 20-30 degree weather is not my idea of a good time.

Chris


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#7 2012-12-28 15:38:52

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Re: Wheel Bearing/Hub Replacement

I have always done wheel bearings in pairs.  I think most people do.  If one of the fronts is bad he other will probably be soon to follow.  I do most of my own work and my old man has a press.  I value my time so I try to do some preventative maintenance rather than end up dead in the water later because I didn't want to buy a part.

If you don't know anyone with a press it is generally a lot cheaper to pull both hubs yourself and take them to a shop with a press.  Should only be 30 min to an hour of shop time if you go that route.  (if there is a local tech school around they might do it for free)

Working on stuff when it is cold does suck.


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#8 2019-03-06 09:12:38

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Re: Wheel Bearing/Hub Replacement

Moto wrote:

I have always done wheel bearings in pairs.  I think most people do.  If one of the fronts is bad he other will probably be soon to follow.  I do most of my own work and my old man has a press.  I value my time so I try to do some preventative maintenance rather than end up dead in the water later because I didn't want to buy a part.

If you don't know anyone with a press it is generally a lot cheaper to pull both hubs yourself and take them to a shop with a press.  Should only be 30 min to an hour of shop time if you go that route.  (if there is a local tech school around they might do it for free)

Working on stuff when it is cold does suck.

This is an old thread but I'm looking for any tips I can get for replacing the rear wheel bearings on a 2005 9-2x linear.  Just picked it p about a week ago but I thought I read that a 2005 Subaru WRX requires a special tool to remove rear hub bearings so you don't risk damaging hub.

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#9 2019-03-06 10:14:19

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Re: Wheel Bearing/Hub Replacement

"Special tools" is a bearing press, Harbor Freight version works fine and means you can do the job on the car, which means you don't have to try and get the lateral link bolt out. There are three seals to deal with, and it's a PITA job but doable. As mentioned above, I'd find a local independent Subaru shop and have them swap them, probably $350-400 per corner as dealers do it for about $500.

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#10 2019-03-06 14:03:24

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Re: Wheel Bearing/Hub Replacement

Had a shop do one, they fucked up the install and it started making noise the next week.  Did the next one myself at a DIY shop.  That shop guy almost fucked it up too when he was about to press it in wrong as well!  If you get your own bearing be sure to replace the grease it ships with.  You'll want to repack it with something higher quality from your local auto store.


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