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Old 09-16-2007, 08:38 PM   #1
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PWN3D Need advice removing four lower tranny bolts, I can't get to them.

I blew a head gasket and am in the process of removing the engine (04 STi). I have everything removed/ out of the way but the only thing stopping me from pulling the engine is the lower four bell housing bolts. I have tried six ways from sunday to get to them and nothing I have can get the right angle on the bolts.

Any suggestions? Do I have to also remove the front axles to get to the bolts?

Thanks for looking!

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Old 09-16-2007, 09:04 PM   #2
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remove the axles, that is the easiest way to get to them from under the car.
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Old 09-16-2007, 09:58 PM   #3
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You can get to the top 2 bolts from the engine bay, use a racheting 14mm wrench. It's tight but possible. Get to the bottom 2 nuts using a 14mm on a wiggle. You do not need to remove the axles.
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Old 09-16-2007, 10:02 PM   #4
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you don't have to remove the cv but if laying on your back on the ground, it may make it easier.
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Old 09-16-2007, 10:29 PM   #5
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You can get to the top 2 bolts from the engine bay, use a racheting 14mm wrench. It's tight but possible. Get to the bottom 2 nuts using a 14mm on a wiggle. You do not need to remove the axles.
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Also, the top bolts can be removed by putting a long extension on a socket. You end up resting the extension on the CV joint.

Definately need a swivel for the bottom nuts.
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:07 AM   #6
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I did get one of the lower bolts off with a swivel but the other three are still hard to get to. I'll give it a go again tonight and see how it goes.

Noob question....do I need to remove the tranny fluid if I want to remove the front axles. On my old car I had to do this so I am assuming I will.

Thanks again for all the help!

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Old 09-17-2007, 09:45 AM   #7
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Old 09-17-2007, 11:02 AM   #8
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yup dffsfsdf
Really? I never needed to... my tranny had "stubbies" sticking out.
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Old 09-17-2007, 11:21 AM   #9
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I pulled my motor this weekend i used a swivel and an extension, it took a little fidgeting but it worked.
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:56 PM   #10
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Trey,

Send me a pm if you get stuck or if you just want an extra hand with the swap.


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Old 09-17-2007, 11:20 PM   #11
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Thanks Mike. I was actually gonna bug you on WRXATL. I appreciate the offer. Coors Light...right?
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Old 09-17-2007, 11:37 PM   #12
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Wasn't it a case of Sam Adams for the radiator?

Swapping heads is at least a bottle of Kettle One
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Old 09-18-2007, 12:10 AM   #13
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Really? I never needed to... my tranny had "stubbies" sticking out.
Nevermind...it was early when I posted. You are correct.
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:15 AM   #14
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Wasn't it a case of Sam Adams for the radiator?

Swapping heads is at least a bottle of Kettle One
10-4
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