> Blaine- The artist formerly known as Plumber Crack "(OFMC)" Wrote:
> Water pump on a 6cyl Subaru today. Such fuckery for such a simple part.
Wow! I'm sincerely sorry you have to go through all that for the water pump.
I snapped a front wheel stud on my Civic a few years back. The moment it happened... well, the moment after I cursed myself for neglecting to use a little antisieze last time I was in there, I shrugged my shoulders and mopedded down to AutoZone for a new one. About a buck. All good. But hold on there champ.
When I crawl under to whack the broken stud back out I search and search, scratch my head, search again, felt like an idiot that I can't figure out something so simple, finally admit defeat and go online to the Honda forums for help.
"Can't do it"
Well, you can.. but do you even want to?
Honda's front hub is, for the home mechanic, fucking unitary. Lugs are pressed in at the factory and then the whole is press fit in a way that blinds the studs from behind. The bearings MUST be destroyed to remove the stud. Buy a whole new hub or have the old one rebuilt at the dealer. Many hundreds of dollars either way.
For a broken wheel stud.
My Honda love took a real hit that day. Eventually macguyvered a press out of 1/2 inch rod, nuts, washers to rebuild it myself. Angrily.
But later my friend with a Subaru told me, just a little smugly, that on his vehicle the main body of the hub is cast with a single open space whereby you rotate the axle to align the space with stud, whack it out, replace, and get back to driving.
My water pump was a one hour job though. So I guess no car is that necessarily user friendly overall. (edited)