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Old 10-01-2005, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default How do you separate the oil pan from the block?

I've got all the bolts out, now what?

Service manual says to use some special tool, I don't have it, what else works?
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Old 10-02-2005, 01:00 AM   #2
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Use a putty knife or something similar that is skinny and flat. Gently work it between the block and pan.
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Old 10-02-2005, 11:19 AM   #3
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yeh pretty much nething that is strong enuf and skinny enuf and try to get it inbetween the block and pan. I used a flat head screw driver and a hammer personally.
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Old 10-02-2005, 11:28 AM   #4
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yeh pretty much nething that is strong enuf and skinny enuf and try to get it inbetween the block and pan. I used a flat head screw driver and a hammer personally.


Subaru must have some reason to specifically say not to do that. Have you looked into maybe buying the tool from Subaru (it could be cheap) or renting a similar thing from AutoZone/Advance?
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Old 10-02-2005, 12:54 PM   #5
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FHI doesn't want you to use something that can score / gouge the block or the pan, which is why they have the disclaimer.
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Old 10-02-2005, 09:56 PM   #6
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meh..mine was perfectly fine
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Old 10-03-2005, 12:32 PM   #7
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A healthy dose of being careful will ensure the pan comes off without damaging the block's sealing surface. A putty knife (preferably brass) would be even better....but just being careful is usually enough.

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Old 10-03-2005, 02:31 PM   #8
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I couldn't seem to get the few bolts on the rear side of the pan off past my crossmember (98 OB Wagon and nothing would fit in there). Can you even get those off without lifting the motor?

The putty knife will be fine. Are you using an OEM replacement gasket or RTV sealant?
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Old 10-03-2005, 02:32 PM   #9
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give the pan a few good knocks with a rubber mallet then use the screwdriver
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Old 10-03-2005, 04:10 PM   #10
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bang it a couple times, try not to mess up the seal between the block.
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Old 10-03-2005, 06:52 PM   #11
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I just whacked on mine with rubber mallet a couple of itmes. It popped right off.
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Old 10-04-2005, 05:25 PM   #12
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You have to raise up the motor a little bit to get the back screws off.
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Old 10-05-2005, 11:41 AM   #13
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You have to raise up the motor a little bit to get the back screws off.
Is there enough play in the stock mounts? Thanks!
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Old 10-05-2005, 11:52 AM   #14
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you have to unbolt them
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Old 10-05-2005, 04:38 PM   #15
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oh yeah, those rear screws are a pain. I would suggest raising the engine as much as possible. Maybe remove the manifold bolts as well. It's the installation that is the bigger hassle.
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Old 10-05-2005, 05:17 PM   #16
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Hmmn.... I'm planning on pulling my motor to do some headwork, solid motor mounts, and valve cover gasket replacement anyway, maybe I'll just let my oil pan gasket leak until then
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Old 10-06-2005, 04:54 PM   #17
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It is very possible to get to the bolts in the back. All you need is the right tools and alot, ALOT of patience.
I did my oil pan gasket a month ago, i used a ratchet with an extension and a "swivel" extension on top!
NO need to raise engine!
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