FORESTER REAR WHEEL BERINGS

Subaru

Tiny

drholly

July, 29, 2007 AT 6:10 PM

1999 Forester 45,000mi, 2.5L

Hi all,
I was traveling the coast of Oregon when the bearings want out(loud noise from rear) No dealer within 200mi.
A garage put in Timkin bearings but did not have special tools to remove the bearings, and used a die grinder to remove them, I have the old parts to prove it. OK so far, about 60mi on them. My question is what else did they have to cut to get the inner race out? I cannot see any damage because of the axle boots, etc. Should I be worried, because I am.
Thanks

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M_H_RITZEL

July, 30, 2007 AT 10:38 AM

The races are pressed in, sometimes they have to be heated in order to get them out. Once out the new ones are pressed in. If you do not hear a rumbling sound comming from them you should be ok.

Tiny

drholly

July, 30, 2007 AT 10:30 PM

Thanks for your quick reply, but I still don't understand why the bearings have been cut with a cutting wheel.
As I mentioned the mechanic did not have the dealer tool to remove the bearings. Do you think he cut the bearings out of the axle?
Thanks

Tiny

M_H_RITZEL

August, 9, 2007 AT 10:30 PM

Sometimes when they have been in for a while they have to be pressed out, sometimes that does not work, My old subaru they had to be torched out, there is a problem with that as it has the hubs go out of round with the heat, it would be better if they had ground them out.

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