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This is a discussion on Wheel bearings within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I have an 03 WRX that needs a new wheel bearing. I know they are a pressed bearing. Is there ...

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    Wheel bearings

    I have an 03 WRX that needs a new wheel bearing. I know they are a pressed bearing. Is there any easy way I could change this at home with normal house house tools?? I have gotten quotes anywhere from $300-$500, and not really wanting to pay that if its possible I could change it myself.

    Any advise will help. Thanks.

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    I feel like I remember someone on here recently doing this job at home. IIRC they had to fabricate a special tool.
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    Bingo. Subaru Wheel Bearing How-To / FAQ | RSM Innovation Not what I was thinking of but anyways, there it is. Obviously it's not the same car but gives you an idea of what you'd be in for.

    For the record, my memory was wrong. Sad Panda. I was thinking of 06wrx4me's ball joint removal thread.
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    Thanks a bunch!!! Will surely use this tomorrow when in changing it

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    No problem, good luck!
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    Is it possible to take the housing off with the bearing still inside. And my repair manual says I need to take out the rear axel .... Is this true ??

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    By housing do you mean the upright? If so then yes, you can remove it with the bearing inside. The axle is inside the bearing so it at least has to come out of the upright so you can use your bearing puller. You can leave the diff end if you want.

    Some people remove the uprights and take them to a shop to have the bearing pressed in. I've seen $60-80 to do a pair but I'm sure prices vary.

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    If that's the part that keeps the bearing in place, then yes. So I can just take the upright off and not touching the axel?? If I can then it would really be some great news to hear. I'm on an extremely tight time crunch for the next few days

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    The upright is the heavy cast iron part that the bearing is pressed into. You will have to remove the axle nut, the trailing arm, and likely at least 2 of the lateral links in order to pull the axle out of the hub. The end of the axle that goes into the rear diff can stay in the rear diff.

    No matter how you do it, at the wheel end the axle nut has to come off and the axle has to come out of the hub.

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    That's what I thought and wanted to hear. Thanks a lot. Thanks to everyone who helped out. It's more than appreciated

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