This is a discussion on Help. Strut assembly won't line up with brake rotor. Picture attached. 2011 wrx within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Replacing springs. Strut assembly is too ****ing low for the brake rotor to let me reinstall the bolts. WTF did ...
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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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.
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.