It's an 03 WRX. Bone stock except for an up-pipe. I have been getting a humming from the rear of the car and elected to go ahead and change out the bearings first of all and see if that solves it. Problem is, I can't get everything apart to even swap them out.
I got the stuts loose, sway bars links loose, removed nuts from the lower arm bolts (lateral links), remove axle nuts, trailing arm loose, etc.....
The lower arm bolt seems frozen to the lower arm bushing on the bolt headside. Nice. The other lower arm slides off the threaded end without much problem, so I could probably work around the bolt issue on the other arm, BUT, I can't get the bolt off the other end of the arm either.
Next is that I can't get the axle to budge. It will not slide out of the hub. I even used a three jaw puller and could not get it to move. Yes, I had the bolt off when trying this!
I never got around to trying to get the lower arms off. All I tried here was to pull the strut bolts to get some movement, and see if the axle would slide at all. No joy there, and I ended up breaking the puller trying to see if it would move.
So, it appears that I can't get anything apart on the rear end to get the bearings changed out. Is this common on these, and if so, what's the best course of action?
This is the first time I have ever failed in pulling something on a car apart. This is a whole new experience. I am a good mechanic, but this one is kicking my ass.