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Old 02-21-2011, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default Easiest way to remove engine?

I have a 2000 Outback with a SOHC EJ25 and an auto transmission with 165k miles on the clock. It has started leaking oil at the headgaskets and is dripping on my exhaust manifold causing a horrible smell.

I'm going to pull the engine and reseal everything but have never pulled the engine on these cars. I have removed the engine on other cars, and have done timing belts and clutches on subarus before.

Does anyone have a write up or a quick FAQ for me to follow?

Do I pull it out the bottom, or raise from the top? I'm just looking for the high points on how to make it easy.

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Old 02-21-2011, 08:32 PM   #2
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Torch.










Should come out like any other engine. Unplug and unbolt everything attached to the car or the transmission (leave the A/C compressor and the power steering pump in the car), support the trans and yank forward and up. The only real difference between pulling engines in manual cars and automatics is a little more wiring and having to unbolt the torque converter from the flexplate.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:40 PM   #3
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Drain the ATF first.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:52 PM   #4
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Torch.


Why in the world would you need a torch??


Anyways, O.P., I got just what you're looking for:

http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t632...e-removal.html

If you can't remove the engine using that thread, then you suck.

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Old 02-22-2011, 07:05 PM   #5
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Why in the world would you need a torch??
He asked for the easiest way to remove an engine. Not the best way.



It was a smartass comment meant as a joke. Hence my, hopefully, useful information below it.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:42 PM   #6
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He asked for the easiest way to remove an engine. Not the best way.



It was a smartass comment meant as a joke. Hence my, hopefully, useful information below it.

Oh, sorry my sarcasm meter went whack for a minute. Haha

Definetely about the Torque converter. Don't know if the thread I posted mentions that as it's done on a manual car.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:27 AM   #7
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Torch.
Friggen noobs, both of you

Dynamite is WAY faster than a torch. There's even a little access cover right on top of the bellhousing for you to drop it into.











Real answer? It's pretty easy on a Subaru. The only thing that typically is a bitch is getting the engine to let go of the tranny if they've been mated more than a couple of years. You'll need to start pounding razor blades, then putty knives, then screwdrivers between the tranny bellhousing and the engine. Try to keep the gap even left to right by where you jam the tools and try to keep it even top to bottom by how much you're lifting it with the hoist (lifting higher will close the top and open the bottom). A 3 foot long flathead screwdriver will help immensely because you can stick it through the gap and use it to directly force open the bottom of join by hitting it with a hammer chisel-style.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:33 AM   #8
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Thanks for the answers, even the smart ass ones.

T Wrex- that FAQ is just what I was looking for.

Thanks all.
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best way is from the bottom
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:09 PM   #10
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best way is from the bottom
Not even close. Not on a Subaru unless you're planning on taking the engine, transmission, entire front suspension, and front crossmember out as one big chunk.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:06 PM   #11
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best way is from the bottom
thats what she said
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:59 PM   #12
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He asked for the easiest way to remove an engine. Not the best way.



It was a smartass comment meant as a joke. Hence my, hopefully, useful information below it.

I was thinking explosives but whatever...




Why the heck would you want to go out the bottom?! Haha!
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:06 AM   #13
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What the hell?
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:42 PM   #14
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easiest way to separate block from tranny is to use a bottle jac. 2x4 on firewall and jack against block. Pump and it'll break free w/o a lot of abusive language .

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Old 02-25-2011, 06:56 PM   #15
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I usually just pull the engine and transmission at the same time. It can be a huge pain in the ass to separate the two and get them back together when its in the car, much easier out of the car.
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