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Old 07-11-2010, 08:49 PM   #1
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Um. Newb question here- I'm doing head gaskets on my 2002 Forester L and ran into something a little weird. I've got the crack sprocket timing mark lined up on the TDC mark but when I pulled the heads #1 piston was not at TDC... maybe 1/2 way up the bore. Any other non-Subie engine I've ever worked on the timing mark and piston position agree... Please tell me this is normal...

I'm doing the HG with motor in the car and although I was able to (just barely) get the heads out without jacking the engine, it appears it would help. My question is should you unbolt both motor mounts and raise up the engine as far as possible or is it better to just unbolt one side at a time and let the engine 'rotate'?

Anyone tried an impact wrench to get the plastic cam sprocket off? (head removed from engine). I may have to fabricate something to hold onto that thing...
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:22 PM   #2
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The piston position is normal. This location is known as a service position. there is a separate mark for tdc.

Try this thread, it is for a '98 DOHC but other then being dohc the rest of the steps are virtually the same.
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...-engine-57335/
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:15 PM   #3
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Thanks flst. Good thread. I tried registering on subaruforester.org but it keeps saying "you did not answer anti-spam question correctly" even though I triple checked and am sure it was correct. Anyone else run into this?

That plastic cam gear is a B*&$#@* to get off. Too bad you can't use heat on it. The impact wrench didn't work but it's just a cheapie.
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