How To: Replace a Front Axle on a 2002-03 WRX

How To: Replace a Front Axle on a 2002-03 WRX

Repairs and Upgrades
[caption width="300" id="attachment_735" align="alignright"] Yes that grease is burned onto the exhaust heat shield... yes it's going to be a pain to clean.[/caption]This is not an uncommon repair on our favorite bugeyed sporty car, and luckily it's not a difficult one either. The left front axle inboard CV joint sits within inches of the exhaust, so the grease boot experiences excessive thermal stress. The cyclic stresses of constant rotation combined with the heat of the exhaust will cause the boot to tear and eventually split. You can imagine the mess that comes next. Enough time without grease and the bearings in the CV will fail. If you find that you have an axle with a failed boot, then the best course of action is to replace the axle assembly. It may…
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