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2003 Subaru Legacy Input Shaft Bearing Replacement

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Well, its time to tare into the Subaru transmission.  The transmission was getting noisy so I cracked it open and found that the rear input shaft bearing was totally shot.  Looks like the clutch was recently replaced so I will be reusing that.  Things that will be replaced are.  Input shaft rear bearing, input shaft front bearing, clutch throw out bearing, pilot bearing.  I also picked up a seal and gasket kit. 

The job of pulling the transmission wasn't too hard. Most of it I did myself.  My father lent a hand when it was time to drop the transmission out of the car.  This baby weighs in at a good 200 pounds give or take so be careful if you want to tackle this one yourself. I am used to Honda transmissions, which are light weights in comparison.

Breaking the transmission free from the engine can be a little tricky depending on how long its been since it was removed.. if ever.  Make sure you have a jack (preferably a transmission jack) in place to support the transmission before you remove the transmission mounts from the car!  Tip:  To break the transmission free I removed all the mounting bolts and loosened the stud nuts, on this car the fasteners alternated between studs and bolts. If the transmission only has bolts just loosen them but don't take them all the way out. I then started to tap around the transmission bell housing with a small peen ball hammer while someone else wiggles the transmission back and forth.  Be very careful when doing this that you don't crack the transmission housing.  You can tap pretty hard, but don't whale on it with all your might.

Once the transmission is free from the engine, slide the jack back straight back and then lower it down. You can lower the transmission slightly before its free from the studs on the engine but lower it too much and it will bind and not come off at all. 

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