Subaru Forester 1998-05



Removal & Installation

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Fig. Front halfshaft and related components

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
    Drain the transmission fluid
    Wheel and tire
    Axle nut. Loosen the axle nut after removing the tire and wheel from the vehicle. Failure to do this may damage the wheel bearings.
    Stabilizer link from transverse link
    Brake caliper and suspend from the housing using wire
    Brake rotor
    Tie rod from the knuckle
    Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) sensor and harness
    Transverse link ball joint from the knuckle
    Halfshaft-to-transmission roll pin and discard it
    Halfshaft from the transmission

  3. Using Axle Shaft Puller 926470000 and Plate 927140000, remove the halfshaft from the hub.
    For automatic transmission use the tool with the -AT- stamped side facing the transmission side. For manual transmission use the tool with the -MT- facing the transmission side.


To install:

  1. Be sure to replace the differential side retainer oil seal.
  3. Install the halfshaft into the hub.
  5. Using halfshaft Installer 922431000 and Adapter 927390000, pull the halfshaft through the hub.
  7. Install and temporarily tighten a new axle nut.
  9. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft onto the transmission
    On 2002 vehicles align the halfshaft roll pin hole. Use a new roll pin
    Transverse link to housing. Torque the nut to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
    Tie rod and tighten the castellated nut to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm) and then up to an additional 60 degrees to align the cotter pin hole with the slot on the nut, then install a new cotter pin
    On 2003-2006 vehicles, check AARi retainer position
    Stabilizer link
    Brake rotor
    Brake caliper
    ABS sensor and harness, if equipped
    New axle nut. On 1998-2004 vehicles torque the nut to 140 ft. lbs. (190 Nm). On 2005 vehicles torque the nut to 162 ft. lbs. (220 Nm). Stake the nut.
    Negative battery cable

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    Fig. Be sure not to damage the threads when removing the front or rear halfshafts

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    Fig. To avoid using a hammer when installing the halfshafts, use the proper tools