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Old 02-07-2004, 02:14 AM   #1
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Ok, my timing belt cover gasket has come loose somehow, in my quest to learn more and more about working on subarus I want to remove the cover myself and reapply the gasket. (Doesn't look damaged or anything)
Will I have to remove the main crank pully and all the belts to remove this cover?

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Old 02-07-2004, 02:51 PM   #2
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To remove the end covers, nothing else needs to come off.

To remove the center cover, all belts and the crank pulley need to come off.
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Old 02-07-2004, 03:58 PM   #3
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Thanks, am I going to mess up any calibrations by taking that stuff off?
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Taking the belts and crank pulley will not mess up any calibrations. The pulley is "keyed" so there's only one way to put it back on. But be forewarned: You need a special tool to hold the pulley when you take out the crank bolt (take a good look at the end of the pulley, you'll see what I'm talking about). When you put the crank bolt back in, MAKE SURE you put it in good and tight!

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What he said.
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Thanks Raptor75104: I see the special tool is Special Tool (ST 499977300)-CRANKSHAFT PULLEY WRENCH.

Anyone know where to get this? I can't find it at harbor frieght or sears.
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Most of us use a couple of different methods to get around using the special tool.

A good strap wrench on the crank pulley (after the belts are removed) works well. Also a set of ViseGrip chain wrench works also. Just use some rags between the chain and the pulley. Either one of these can hold the crank from turning while you are breaking the bolt free.

Another way is to use a breaker bar and socket on the bolt and have the handle of the bar against the frame. Pull the coli pack input wire and then bump the starter. This lets the engine provide the twisting for you. Just be careful as this method has some damage potential if all goes bad.

Another way is to use a big screwdriver/prybar through the bell housing and wedge into the flywheel teeth.

The last is to pull the radiator and use an impact wrench on the bolt.

If you do a search under "crank pulley" you will get lots of hits.
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YOu should be able to re-install the gasket without removing the center cover. Just pull the bolts and you will have enough play to put it back on or replace it. It's plastic, just don't bend it too far.
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Most of us use a couple of different methods to get around using the special tool.

A good strap wrench on the crank pulley (after the belts are removed) works well. Also a set of ViseGrip chain wrench works also. Just use some rags between the chain and the pulley. Either one of these can hold the crank from turning while you are breaking the bolt free.

Another way is to use a breaker bar and socket on the bolt and have the handle of the bar against the frame. Pull the coli pack input wire and then bump the starter. This lets the engine provide the twisting for you. Just be careful as this method has some damage potential if all goes bad.

Another way is to use a big screwdriver/prybar through the bell housing and wedge into the flywheel teeth.

The last is to pull the radiator and use an impact wrench on the bolt.

If you do a search under "crank pulley" you will get lots of hits.
You forgot putting it in 5th if its a manual
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