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Sat Feb 16, 2019, 12:09 AM

If you ever have a Subaru that you need to change a head gasket on

Don't try to do it with the motor in the car.

The amount of time I just spent trying to get that little cylinder head out from between the frame rail and engine block would have been better spent just yanking the motor out.

On the brighter side , I have only broke one unobtainable cheap plastic fitting so far, so tomorrow morning I get the to send the annoying kid at the hardware store on an adventure to make me a 3 different sized T- fitting while I go shop for an engine hoist.

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Reply If you ever have a Subaru that you need to change a head gasket on (Original post)
Tolk Feb 16 OP
RCW2014 Feb 16 #1
Tolk Feb 16 #4
RCW2014 Feb 16 #5
MumblyPeg Feb 16 #2
DillyDilly500 Feb 16 #3
Tolk Feb 16 #6
Tolk Feb 16 #7
oldenuff35 Feb 16 #8
Tolk Feb 16 #9
mvp73 Feb 19 #10
TheShoe Feb 20 #11

Response to Tolk (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2019, 12:12 AM

1. YouTube is your friend in situations such as this...

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2019, 12:38 AM

4. HAHAHA!

After the fact, once I finally finagled the head out of the car, I did in fact you tube it wondering how the hell I was going to put the head back in.
Found a few videos on pulling it out and they did exactly as I did except I cursed a lot more.

There is not a single video of anyone putting it back in.

The problem is that the head bolts are 8" long and there is only 7.75" or less between the engine block and the frame rail.

I can't see putting back in without destroying the new gasket or even how I would stuff a torque wrench in there to crank it down.

Have owned 5 or 6 of these cars over the years and this is the first time I have had to do a major repair on one.
I blame it on a combination of Subaru deciding to move the spare tire from the top of the motor to the trunk, the Japanese Government mandating that cars be a certain percentage biodegradable and the rocket scientist at Fuji motors deciding a head gasket should be one of those biodegradable parts.

I'm not even going to get into the making plastic and wire insulation out of soybeans BS

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Response to Tolk (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 16, 2019, 12:52 AM

5. When I rebuilt the transaxle in my lawn tractor, I watched a couple of vids and

did everything I thought was right but when I tightened all down, I felt some severe binding within going on.

Well that just wasn't right so 3-4 vids later, an old guy pointed out that the bushings had a small little notch in them that had to be seated in the casing cutout.

Cracked the case back open and sure enough, there were the notches and the seat they had to set in.

Put her back together and tighten the housing back down and you could spin the shaft with your little finger.

Not one of the other vids mentioned those notches. I learned with the YouTube vids, the more the better.

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Response to Tolk (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2019, 12:15 AM

2. I see a lot of these at the bone yards... don't you have a local pick-a-part?

it's like one of my favorite places to go.. well, except maybe in the winter..

I need that, and that, and one of those, and I might need that, and that looks cool, and I need that...
I never get out of that damned place with the one thing I went for

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Response to MumblyPeg (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 16, 2019, 12:26 AM

3. I'm like that when we take scrap metal to the recycling

yard.

It's oh fuck, they are scrapping that!!! I need that but this scrapyard won't let you take out anything that comes in.

Amazing what some people send to the "yard", especially for a fix-it type.

Pisses me off.

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Response to DillyDilly500 (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 16, 2019, 01:02 AM

6. On an "older" Subaru

A garage will charge you more than you paid for the car to change a head gasket.
That and the automatic all wheel drive system can be a nightmare.


At the end of world war II we took a German engine factory and gave it to Japan, they perfected it to be the most reliable motor that was ever built ...fast forward 50 years and you get a luxury K-Car.
It's shame really.

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Response to MumblyPeg (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 16, 2019, 01:38 AM

7. They are not a popular car in these parts.

And there's not a lot that a junkyard could offer me for used parts.
Subarus used to die from rust, now they die from bad engineering.

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Response to Tolk (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2019, 04:50 AM

8. Harbor freight....

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Response to oldenuff35 (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 16, 2019, 05:46 AM

9. No!

Almost lost a very hard to get to at bolt with one of their shiny 12mm wrenches.
It slipped once then I looked at it.
The box end had been triple broached or something.
I tossed that POS .
I imagine my lawnmower will find it in a month or so.


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Response to Tolk (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 05:36 PM

10. Thanks for the heads up. nt

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Response to Tolk (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 08:57 PM

11. Had to do it once.

2004 forester. Paid $800 to the dealer after a couple rounds of negotiations.

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