Subaru Forester 1998-05



Removal & Installation

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Fig. Rear halfshaft and related components

1998-2004 Models
  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
    Axle nut
    Parking brake adjusting nut after returning the lever to the off position
    On drum brakes, remove the brake drum. Remove the brake hose from the wheel cylinder and plug the line and wheel cylinder.
    On disc brakes, remove the brake caliper and rotor
    Parking brake cable from the lever
    Lateral link assembly from rear housing
    ABS sensor from the backing plate
    Halfshaft from the differential

  3. Using Axle Shaft Puller 926470000 and Plate 927140000, remove the halfshaft from the hub.

To install:

  1. Install the halfshaft into the rear housing.
  3. Using halfshaft Installer 922431000 and Adapter 927390000, pull the halfshaft into place.
  5. Install and temporarily tighten a new axle nut.
  7. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshaft-to-differential align roll pin holes and slide the halfshaft onto the splines
    New roll pin
    Trailing link assembly-to-rear housing bolt and nut.
    Rear housing assembly and strut assembly with a new nut and torque to 145 ft. lbs. (196 Nm).
    Rear stabilizer and rear lateral link. Torque bolt and new nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
    Parking brake cable to the lever
    On drum brakes, brake hose to the wheel cylinder. Brake drum.
    On disc brakes, brake rotor and caliper. Adjust the parking brake.

  9. Bleed the brake system and adjust the parking brake.

    New axle nut. Torque the nut to 137 ft. lbs. (186 Nm).
    ABS sensor to the backing plate
    Negative battery cable


2005 Models
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  5. Remove the wheels and tires.
  7. Unlock the axle nut. Depress the parking brake. Remove the axle nut.
    Be sure to loosen the axle nut after removing the tire and wheel from the vehicle. Failure to do this may damage the wheel bearings.

  9. Remove the rear stabilizer link. Remove the bolts that retain the trailing link to the housing.
  11. Remove the bolts that retain the front and rear lateral link to the housing.
  13. Remove the rear ABS wheel speed sensor from the backing plate.
  15. Remove the rear halfshaft.
    Use axle shaft puller tools ST92647000 and ST28099PA110, or equivalent, if it is difficult to remove the halfshaft. Do not hammer the halfshaft to remove it. Be careful not to damage the oil seal or magnetic encoder.


To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  3. Tighten the axle nut to 140 ft. lbs. (190 Nm), with the parking brake applied.
    Install the tire and wheel assembly after installation of the axle nut. Failure to follow this order, may cause damage to the wheel bearings.