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Alloy wheel really stuck fast to the hub, any practical avoidance steps?

Even with steel wheels I have had this. Always used a VERY light coat of grease or copper slip and made sure both mating surfaces are clean and free of corrosion. Even now with the jag I had the ...
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What methods are commonly used to remove a rusted and stuck rear wheel hub and bearing assembly?

This is a job for a slide hammer - fixed to the hub and will apply the force directly in the most useful direction.
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Did I remove this hub bearing wrong? (post-mortem)

My guess would be that the assembly came apart for two reasons. The wear in the bearing caused some play between the inner race and the bearing shell. Some corrosion resulted in more resistance ...
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Should you break loose an axle nut with the wheel on the ground?

If you dont have a powerful impact wrench, then yes break it loose on the ground with car in park or reverse if manual trans, or have a helper apply brakes firmly while you do it. As Paulster2 stated ...
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Does an axle nut require a "deep" socket?

No, any old 32mm socket works on Subaru axle nuts. If you look at the photo you supplied, there is a notch in the axle (at about 9 oclock). The axle nut will have been hammered into that notch to lock ...
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How can you identify if a wheel hub stud is fatigued or stretched?

1) & 2) yes, a stretched stud is longer and with correct kit you could measure the change. Fatigue is more challenging but use of crack detection is possible. 3) & 4) once damaged, the damage ...
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Did wheel bearing need to be removed in order to remove and add new stud?

The hub has to be removed so that the old stud can be pushed out and the new one pressed in, but the bearing does not need to be removed from the hub itself. Perhaps the mechanic was talking about the ...
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