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tamaz, Subaru master technician
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I'm replacing the rear differential bushings on a 01 legacy

Customer Question

I'm replacing the rear differential bushings on a 01 legacy gt. I've removed the old bushings and have started pressing in the new ones. I'm stuck on the first one. It's stuck halfway in and snapped the bolt that I was using to press it. They are oem bushings. The question is am I doing anything wrong and would afyermarket poly bushings be a better/easier fit?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Subaru
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I used axle grease for lube. I use a half inch bolt through the middle of the bushing with several washers surrounding the metal housing to press it in.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Also, would using a torch to heat up the housing of the sub frame melt the bushing itself?
Expert:  tamaz replied 1 year ago.

Hi, the bushings your speaking of are not shown separately in my manual,we are talking about the bar that supports the rear of the differential, correct?Heat will melt the bushing and will render it useless,from what I can find the support is sold with the bushings,thanks Ive attached a picture the part I'm speaking of is labeled #1

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't see a label. The 2 side by side massive bushings that the differential goes through on the sub frame
Expert:  tamaz replied 1 year ago.

Those are not listed because they are part of the sub frame to my knowledge