Help. Strut assembly won't line up with brake rotor. Picture attached. 2011 wrx
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    Help. Strut assembly won't line up with brake rotor. Picture attached. 2011 wrx

    Replacing springs. Strut assembly is too ****ing low for the brake rotor to let me reinstall the bolts. WTF did i do wrong? Spent 4 hours on this **** today!Click image for larger version. 

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    Check that the axle didn't pop out of the diff or the transmission. This happened to me when I did the struts on my old STI. If the hub assembly wasn't supported from underneath once disconnected, it can easily pull the axle out of the gear box (whether front or rear).

    You should be able to just push on the hub assembly to lock the axle back in with some minor force.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Check that the axle didn't pop out of the diff or the transmission. This happened to me when I did the struts on my old STI. If the hub assembly wasn't supported from underneath once disconnected, it can easily pull the axle out of the gear box (whether front or rear).

    You should be able to just push on the hub assembly to lock the axle back in with some minor force.
    Theres no way that is it. I think I just need to give this bitch some force and an extra set of hands. Going to try this again tom am with some help

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    Disconnect the swaybar. Or stop being a girl and push that hub down until you can get one bolt in. Not that difficult, did it plenty of times in my '11, thanks to a revalved strut that a recurring leak (fronts came out and were swapped with the stock struts 4 or 5 times) so plenty of experience doing it without disconnecting sways, and this was with a lifting setup.
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    Ahhh, the frustrating troubles of suspension. I remember my first time replacing struts. Like Root said, you might be vag. Just be patient and work that thing in there...Happy valentines day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2011rexblu View Post
    Theres no way that is it. I think I just need to give this bitch some force and an extra set of hands. Going to try this again tom am with some help
    You're right. There is no way that's it at all. It didn't happen to me or anything...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    You're right. There is no way that's it at all. It didn't happen to me or anything...
    Haha, I love it when people shoot down useful advice that is based on past experiences just because they don't believe it's that simple.
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    Had this problem on other cars before. As has been said before, check the driveshaft first. Also disconnect the sway if you need to. Another option is to jack up the opposite side to take the load off the sway bar.

    Another option is to get a large C-clamp and pinch the strut/arm until they come together. A prybar helps, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McBill View Post
    Haha, I love it when people shoot down useful advice that is based on past experiences just because they don't believe it's that simple.
    Its like the commercial for almond milk, the carton says try me , guy says no I don't like it, carton says how can you not like it if you don't know how it taste, guy says that's exactly why I don't like it. Classic commercial made me think of that haha. Back to topic.

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