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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:12 pm 
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Joined: Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:45 pm
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Car Model: 9-3 (2001) 2.0 SE Turbo Petrol
Hi all,

Have the right hand strut assembly off to replace the spring. During removal, the drive shaft did not want to come through the hub and as a result of my 'encouragement', the outer drive shaft came off with the hub. I just left it on the hub and replaced the spring.

Under drive shaft removal, Haynes book says to mark the outer drive shaft to it's housing on the inner shaft. Naturally I have not done that :roll: as I wasn't expecting the shaft to come out. So, for rebuild, does the orientation of the shaft-to-inner housing matter, and if so, anyone advise what I need to look for in putting the shaft back in.

Much appreciated.


PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 7:28 am 
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Joined: Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:07 am
Posts: 156
Location: Middlesbrough ts6
Car Model: 99 9-3 s turbo
I'm sure the outer shaft is pressed into the hub, iv changed many wheel bearings and tripod bearings on a og 9-3 and never had any issues with the orientation of the inner and outer shaft, the only problem I ever had was the clip I used on the outer cv boot (closest to the hub) snagged the hub and broke off causing cv boot greese to leak out

1999 9-3s 2.0t stg3
Subaru impreza 2.0t

PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 9:11 pm 
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Car Model: 9-3 (2001) 2.0 SE Turbo Petrol
Thanks for that reply.

I think, from what I experienced so far, you're right. I had a got at the shaft in all three positions without the grease packed in and couldn't feel any more play in a particular slot. I packed the grease, put the gaitor on, new retaining clip and buttoned up the rest. With the car on the jack and the engine running, the wheel was free rotating (no load grated) and seemed OK.

I'll find out for sure when it gets an MOR and goes back on the road.


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