How To Replace The CV Axle In Your Subaru




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Samir Duran: any suggestions for the centre bolt removal ? sheered several tools trying to remove it :/

thamnophis14: Great video. Thought it was going to be a difficult replacement but I see it isn't. Thanks from me and my 2000 Outback

justgonnastay: Question: If it is economically feasible, are you better off replacing both CV axles at the same time?

jdmcommute: What about the seal that seals the gear oil in on the trans side. Does that just remove and replace? My passanger side STI seal is seaping a bit.

TimmithyZERO: I was wondering if a 2005 Outback was similar?

DugMotorsports: I couldnt find it in the comments so I was wondering what size punch did you grinde down? I need to replace both cv axles on my 96 and I was going to go to sears and just get a punch 

Tony B.: Is this the same on a 85 subaru GL ????

Ace Goodman: thank you for the heads up that's exactly the way I did it and I wasn't sure that was the right way.

Larry Reeves: OK, most of this is pretty good. (1) Aligning or inserting the Roll Pin is easier under the car. (2) The splines are not the problem, He talks about the wear in the splines as creating the noise. The splines don't wear, there pinned, no movement should be possible without the ping falling out. The noise should be from the CV joint itself. I just replaced mine while I had the transmission out for a clutch replacement. Just had to remove the nut. This video was helpful for just the Nut size. I did not have a 32 MM socket. Thanks

Matthew Tulip: I randomly clicked this video trying to get a better understanding of the rack and pinion to CV's and I clicked this video. it 100% explains how to fix a problem im having in my car, I knew I had inner left CV issues but I thought it was the joint not the Axle! thanks man "subscribed"

Scott Smith: Brian: Just wanted to give you a big THANKS on Thanksgiving day. This is the second video of yours that has really helped me (other was head gaskets) with my 2001 Subaru Forester. To folks considering a passenger side CV axle replacement, pay attention to Brian's roll pin punch advice. I tried to improvise with a long nail, sawed off square. Get a punch before tackling this job. Brian, you rock. Happy turkey day.

aakjaa: thanks for sharing your expertise. Thoughts on simply removing the bottom A frame castle nut to move the strut assembly out of the way...this'd then allow a gut to completely remove the entire axle and transmission component...then knock out and remove the roll-pin on the bench....then drive the new pin into the new axle....then replace the entire axle back into the transmission.....??? wonder if there are dangers in this method?

flimflabber: do you need a torque wrench to do this? or can you just mark the rotation spots

va3ied: Brian Another great vid...When you replace your cv's do you notice the jobber parts wear out faster? I remember having a 2 wheel drive legacy and found the OEM lasted way longer...wondering if the 4 wheel drives distribute the wear and tear better with fewer issues than the 2 wheel drive..plan to remove the engine in the 01 legacy this spring for a HG...your videos-and unassuming approach--builds confidence for us semi mechanical types.I actually like working on the subie more than my TR6 scott

Shaun Kijak: thanks very much i figure for 4.00 each just get new ones. and what are your feelings about autozone remans and oreilleys remans so many mixed views and beliefs. thansk for a rapid reply too. long time viewer finally a first time subscriber! your the snap dizzle mr brian

briansmobile1: Thanks! When people express appreciation like that I know it was worth doing.

briansmobile1: yes

Regan Gibson: Didn't tighten my lug nuts down enough! :( Rumbling is gone.

Adrian Skywalker: What thickness should the driver tool have? I'm about to remove the drive shaft on my 1992 Libero microvan. I kinda' eyeball measured 4mm, but I'm not sure. One hell of a messy job with the CV boots. Don't get me wrong, I love working on cars and everything, but this is one of those things that I wouldn't want to do ever again in my life. I tried to only go with removing the outboard joint, but I can't put it back in place, I must take the shaft out of the gearbox. Great video. Helped a lot.

klosnoski: Kudos. fought this in my early years as a tech. Need a vid of the bleed screw on the rad on the outbacks for a WP replacement. have had a grillion calls on overheat issues on outbacks and others after diy pump jobs . i have even missed it twice . doom on me

briansmobile1: You're welcome!

spelunkerd: @briansmobile1 Engineers often get flak from mechanics, but here's an example where they were thinking ahead. By having the soft metal on an easily replaceable part, they made the repair dramatically easier. By the way, I really like the technical parts of this video -- great lighting and excellent viewing angles.

briansmobile1: You're welcome Crack my friend!

assaltshaker: Thanks Brian, How do you remove a tri-pot type axle that does NOT have pin to punch out?

briansmobile1: Sometimes I do it on the bench. It's easy to go too far on the bench and block the opening- also if you do it under the car you can look through the hole to see if it's alined. With a pin in it you're blocked and could easily be off 180.

1audionote: I own a 2008 Subaru Sti and I bought the factory service manual. I just replaced the front wheel bearings on my car and the manual says the axel nuts needed to be torqued to 162ft.lbs failure to torque the wheel nuts to spec will result in bearing failure. I find it hard to believe that you would omit such an important detail. The subaru you were working on has a correct torque spec for the axel nuts and you should never just impact wrench them on...."knowledge is king"

briansmobile1: Pry between the housing it sticks in and the tri-pot.

briansmobile1: Welcome!

briansmobile1: I don't know man.

Wagonman5900: WOW! I didn't expect an answer that certain. So your saying I bought an axle that was already worn? Phooey.

Hystile1: Thanks this was very helpful.

fuq yeuh: had a problem, swapped the front axles, and there is noise coming from the front end, going to get it checked out, sounds annoying its a constant clicking sound coming from below the shifter

7Westwood: Thanks for another GREAT video... You will save me a ton of money !!!!

Ted Christman: Brian, good job, very straight forward.

briansmobile1: I don't know- possibly it would send all power to front stubs and you wouldn't move?

patches301: How do you get the axle nut off? mine will not budge!

Michael Lewis: question for you will the rear axles of a 97 outback fit a 2002 rear diff? I can't figure out if they both use the same axles or one is male/female.

briansmobile1: You're welcome!

briansmobile1: Thanks!

briansmobile1: Forester didn't come out till 1998. Cardone Select 66-7055 New CV Axle Link in the description.

briansmobile1: @MrAbrink On that I'd clean the battery cables and then see what's up from there.

briansmobile1: @Epill11 Yes

briansmobile1: You're most welcome!

Domingo Morales Santana: Hola tengo un subaruu impresa 2500 wrx y tiene un problema que se queda din fuerza y suele dar cabezasos se le a cambiado caudalimetro y inyectores y no se más que hacer usted puede ayudarme por favor le dejo mi correo dommorsan@gmail.com Hi I have a printed subaruu 2500 wrx and you have a problem that is din force and usually give head movements and he is you changed flowmeter and injectors and not is more to do you can help me please I leave my email dommorsan@gmail.com

TOYSTOMPA: Thank you! thank you! thank you!

georgemiamitaz: i wish he would replace my cv axle............. in my pants

Gary Dunning: Just replaced my CV's, thanks for the video. One thing that happened was those roll pins holding the cv to the transmission shaft. I drove the first pin out then pulled the cv out but the trans shaft came out with the cv. I guess the shaft had some rust and stuck fast. I had no choice but pull off the trans shaft from the old cv, put the shaft on the new CV and then install the new CV. The other side CV I did not bother removing the pin, just pulled and out it came. Replaced and all is fine.

Regan Gibson: After rebooting the axle and putting it back in I notice a bad rumble coming from the wheel at high speeds. Could I have damaged the bearing by hammering on the axle to get it out, or over-torquing it? Also I noticed very slight play in the inner axle joint after I rebooted it. Any thoughts?

chris michail: Hey Brian! Do you know, the correct cv joints i need for my car? There still on the car because i dont want to take them off and then take to long to find them. So there not broken yet but are ticking alot. I've been told that the outer teeth mesures 27mm,the inner side is 22mm, and the middle seal is 56mm. I thought someone like you who has worked on a few Subaru car will know. Thanks Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. Subaru Forester Turbo 1997 Chassis Number SF5 Engine model EJ20G

briansmobile1: If the cross bolt comes out and it's not rusted together you don't have to. Ours was Fehrshiznict so we did take it off.
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