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Lining up a lateral link bolt... PLEASE HELP!

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Sep 21, 2016, 4:46 PM

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Lining up a lateral link bolt... PLEASE HELP! Sign In

I am working with a 1999 Subaru Impreza, 2.2L Auto, inside the USA.

The job I am doing is replacing the rear drivers side wheel bearing. This is the first time I have done a press in style,
and bit off a little more than I could chew for it to be a quick job. I used a bearing adapter tool from Harbor Freight , so that the knuckle did not have to be removed, only the lateral link bolt. Link deleted.............not allowed

I followed this walk through here link deleted

Now the bearing is installed, all seals, the spindle is back in, the axle the drum. Now my issue is getting the lateral link bolt back in. It must go through two bushings on arms, on each side of the knuckle with the knuckle in the middle (with the bolt going in the rear and out the front arm). I can manage to get the bolt in the first arm and through the knuckle. the problem is the second arm is still maybe a half inch sort from reaching the knuckle and bolt. I put a jack under the knuckle to play with the height of the knuckle and it will still not reach. Any ideas what could be holding this up?? There is a third arm that runs from front to back that is attached to the knuckle, could the little bit of resistance be holding it up? Does the bushing on the third arm (connecting it to the body) need to be compressed in a little? if so how can I safely apply any more force laterally to the knuckle and arm that I can not do my hand? Is it possible for the axle to some how be holding it up if it is not full seated in the rear differential?

I would greatly appreciate any information and help on the issue!

(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Sep 21, 2016, 5:37 PM)

Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 21, 2016, 11:14 PM

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Re: Lining up a lateral link bolt... PLEASE HELP! Sign In

Why did you take this on at all? It's not DIY friendly or doable without a press and an alignment anyway so "where's the beef? "
By that I mean you don't save time or money. Harbor Freight tools! Buy 5 and take back the 4 that don't work and still like the place sometimes. Not for primary tools IMO.

BTW - links not allowed and doesn't matter as you don't do press-in bearings without the press or totally AYOR with the whole attempt,

(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on Sep 21, 2016, 11:20 PM)

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