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Old 09-01-2005, 12:04 PM   #1
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Default Pulling my engine NOW

OK...I have everthing pulled off per the FSM instructions.

Hardest part for me was getting the transmission bolts off.

Going to the hardware store to get a steel cable to hook to my lift.

Any suggestions on breaking the seal between the tranny and the engine ?

CAn I simply put a jack under the tranny and begin to lift the engine with my cherry picker ? I am thinking that the upward lift from the cherry picker will break the seal.

Any thoughts/suggestions from those that are experienced with this ?

P.S.: I finally figured out where my manual trans fluid gauge/stick is located !!!
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Old 09-01-2005, 12:11 PM   #2
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That little tranny stick likes to hide down in there doesn't it The cherry picker will probably break it loose, you might need to give it a little force to break it loose, but not a whole lot.
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Old 09-01-2005, 12:17 PM   #3
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That little tranny stick likes to hide down in there doesn't it The cherry picker will probably break it loose, you might need to give it a little force to break it loose, but not a whole lot.
Damn right on that tranny stick. And the added agravation is my chilton never showed me how to locate it.

I am assuming that I just poor the replacement Tranny fluid down the tranny stick hole ??
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Old 09-01-2005, 12:26 PM   #4
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That's what I do, but make sure to add 3Q and drive it around the block and then check it, it will probably take another Qt.

Make sure all your mounts are loose and your O2 sensors and wire clusters are unplugged, then "lift and shake". Just as general advice, don't force anything though, if you have trouble just be patient.
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Old 09-01-2005, 12:55 PM   #5
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Get yourself a putty knife that you can hit with a hammer. Wedge it between the block and the trans. Once you have a gap use a prybar.

Get a jack under the tranny to lift the whole deal enough to clear the motor mount studs out of the cross member.
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Old 09-01-2005, 02:58 PM   #6
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Any suggestions on breaking the seal between the tranny and the engine ?
There is no seal, per se. If you use WD40 at each stud location, that could help. The two bottom studs are long and screwed into the block. Remember this when pulling it out.

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CAn I simply put a jack under the tranny and begin to lift the engine with my cherry picker ? I am thinking that the upward lift from the cherry picker will break the seal.
It helps to unbolt the tranny from its mounts. You cannot just jack it up because you'll bend the studs in the block. You need to jack it up enough and on the correct angle so that there are up/down forces on the studs, then physically pull the engine forward and off the studs.

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Any thoughts/suggestions from those that are experienced with this ?
Be patient. Pay close attention to the angle I refer to. If you get the angle of the engine just right in relation to the tranny, it'll come off those studs fairly easily.
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Old 09-01-2005, 05:44 PM   #7
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Got it out a few hours ago. How do I upload photo's ????

If someone can tell me how then I can upload photo's of the breakdown of the engine, if anyone is interested.

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Old 09-01-2005, 11:31 PM   #8
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I was making great headway until I ran into the torx bolts on camshaft caps/covers.

I am having a difficult time finding an off the shelf Torx that fits these bolts....GGRRRRR

Can anyone tell me what size torx bit to use....and if this bit can be bought from a hardware store vs. Subaru's OEM Tool

It is larger than a 40 and smaller than a 45.....but all I cannot locate a bit between 40 and 45


HELLLPPP !!!
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Old 09-02-2005, 12:09 AM   #9
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Can't figure out how to post pics arrggghh

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Old 09-02-2005, 03:10 AM   #12
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Same here, I just pulled it out yesterday afternoon:-)
Try using photobucket, its easy and has lots of space
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Old 09-02-2005, 04:51 PM   #13
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I was making great headway until I ran into the torx bolts on camshaft caps/covers.

I am having a difficult time finding an off the shelf Torx that fits these bolts....GGRRRRR

Can anyone tell me what size torx bit to use....and if this bit can be bought from a hardware store vs. Subaru's OEM Tool

It is larger than a 40 and smaller than a 45.....but all I cannot locate a bit between 40 and 45


HELLLPPP !!!
I used a 40 and had no problem

The guy at the parts store told me it was a 40 anyways
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Old 09-02-2005, 07:16 PM   #14
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I used a 40 and had no problem

The guy at the parts store told me it was a 40 anyways
Has to be a Torx Plus...not a Torx.

I have a new appreciation for Snap On Tools. The local dealer came throught twice today. First on the Torx Plus 40 and second on the 12 pt 14 MM for the head screws.

What can I say....I don't plan very well or read directions
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Old 09-02-2005, 07:20 PM   #15
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Ummm...so what exactly does a blown head gasket look like anyway ?

I have the first head off and was expecting to see the gasket in pieces....but instead I saw a gasket that was completely intact.

But it does appear that the head is warped 2x above tolerance. I cleaned very thoroughly with a scraper and carb cleaner. Then took straight edge with feeler gauges. Appears to be warped.

The gasket had bubbled areas with what appears to be a paper covering flaking off of the metal gasket. I don't believe that the gasket was originally covered with paper, so am assuming that the material coating it is residue from overburnt oil or coolant or both.

valves and pistons were/are pitch black. I really got this engine hot.
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