Subaru Outback manuals

Subaru Outback: Propeller Shaft

A: REMOVAL

CAUTION:

Subaru Outback. Drive Shaft System

1) Shift the select lever or gear shift lever to neutral.

2) Release the parking brake.

3) Lift up the vehicle.

4) Remove the center exhaust pipe, rear exhaust pipe, and muffler.

5) Remove the bolts to remove the front heat shield cover.

Subaru Outback. Drive Shaft System

6) Remove the propeller shaft assembly.

CAUTION: Do not disassemble the propeller shaft.

  1. Place alignment marks (A) on the flange yoke and rear differential.
  2. Remove four bolts holding the propeller shaft to the rear differential.

Subaru Outback. Drive Shaft System

  1. Remove the center bearing.

Subaru Outback. Drive Shaft System

  1. Remove the propeller shaft from transmission.

NOTE:

B: INSTALLATION

1) Before installation, check the following items, and replace the propeller shaft assembly as necessary.

2) Insert the sleeve yoke into the transmission and attach center bearing to body.

Subaru Outback. Drive Shaft System

Tightening torque: 52 N*m (5.3 kgf-m, 38.4 ft-lb)

3) Align the alignment marks (A), and connect the flange yoke and rear differential.

Subaru Outback. Drive Shaft System

Tightening torque: 31 N*m (3.16 kgf-m, 22.9 ft-lb)

4) Check the propeller shaft with the propeller shaft installed to the vehicle. <Ref. to DS-12, INSPECTION, Propeller Shaft.>

5) Install the heat shield cover.

Tightening torque: 18 N*m (1.84 kgf-m, 13.3 ft-lb)

6) Install the center exhaust pipe and rear exhaust pipe.

7) Lower the vehicle.

C: INSPECTION

Check the propeller shaft with the propeller shaft installed to the vehicle.

1) Remove the front exhaust pipe.

2) Remove the center exhaust pipe, rear exhaust pipe, and muffler.

3) Remove the bolts to remove the front heat shield cover.

Subaru Outback. Drive Shaft System

4) Check the propeller shaft mounting bolt for looseness.

  1. Yoke flange mounting bolts which connect to the rear differential
  2. Center bearing bracket mounting bolts

Subaru Outback. Drive Shaft System

5) Check the spline and bearing for the propeller shaft.

  1. Turn the propeller shaft by hand to check if abnormal free play exists at splines.
  2. Also move yokes to check if abnormal free play exists at spiders and bearings.

Subaru Outback. Drive Shaft System

6) Measure the deflection of the propeller shaft.

  1. Set the dial gauge (B) with its indicator stem at the center of the propeller shaft (A).
  2. Turn the propeller shaft (A) slowly by hands to check for runout of the propeller shaft.

Subaru Outback. Drive Shaft System

Runout: Limit: 0.6 mm (0.024 in)

7) Check the center bearing for free play.

Move the propeller shaft near the center bearing up, down, left, right by hand, to check for any abnormal free play of the bearings.

Subaru Outback. Drive Shaft System

8) Replace the propeller shaft assembly if faulty is found in the inspection.

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