An all-wheel-drive Subaru Outback contains four drive axles, one for each wheel. The front and rear drive axle assemblies are identical. The Outback drive axle contains two CV joints with the external CV joint connected to the drive axle. If the drive axle is leaking fluid, losing power or has broken CV joints, you may need to replace it. You can do this repair at home, but use care, given the critical function of the drive axle to the operation of the automobile.
Tools Used: Tools, Sprocket set, Torque arm, Pry bar, New drive axle assembly, Precision torque wrench
Replace Right Side Axle
Loosen the drive axle nut. This is the nut in the center of the wheel when viewed from outside. Loosening this nut will require attaching the correct size of sprocket to a high torque lever-arm. Do not remove the nut at this point. Loosen the lug nuts, raise the car on jack stands, and remove the wheel.