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How to remove the rear differential on a 2001 Subaru Forester?

Hi there! I managed to remove the diff from the body but Im having trouble removing it from the axles. Any help?...It started humming this weird howl and I went to a couple of places. Some said its the rear wheel bearing and the others said its the rear diff. I think its the rear diff. I would really appreciate any help cuz I have to fix it really soon before the snow falls cuz i dont have a garage.

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  • ozzydave13 Nov 22, 2008

    Hi! I have an 01 Turbo Forester which is developing this terrible noise in the back. My wife drives it most of the time and she drives it pretty steadily. I have no idea what the noise is and one mechanic I have taken it to who is supposed to be good with Subaru's has no idea. I've heard the same story about, could be the bearings but sounds more like the diff. I'll take it to Subaru next week and so may be able to help you more.

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2009

    I also have this noise coming from the rear of the car. I thought it was the bearings as well until I had a mechanic look at it. He told me the bearings were fine and that most likely it was from the transfer case, the rear differential. He did not want to touch it. I'll bring it to Subaru even though I'm over my warranty by 10,000 mi. If wasnt over they would have taken care of it.

  • nikster59 May 09, 2009

    I'm having the same problem with my '99 Subar Forester. I let a local mechanic change mine with one from a junkyard. Four used rear ends later ( the junkyard would only give credit not cash back) I still have this problem. Not sure whether my mechanic is doing something wrong or we just have had the bad luck of getting bad used differentials. Would definitely recommend you let a Subaru mechanic fix this problem.



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I had a somewhat similar problem: I would hear scratching noise from the rear of the car whenerver I turn. I (reasonably) thought it was the differential and brought the car to the mechanic with this in mind. But it turned out to be a protective cover of one of the rear breaking discs that was bent by an impact. When I was turning the wheel would very slightly bend off the axis and the disc would scratch against the cover. So, it's not always the differential. BTW: I have Forester '03

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