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2002 legacy gt installing engine need help!!!


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#1 mercuryrising17

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 07:44 PM

Ok this is my first ever engine pull that I had to do to replace the head gaskets, I am in no means a mechanic but I am always up for a challenge. I have the engine all put back together and I am trying to get it put back in but Im not sure if i need to do reseat the torque converter or what that even means. When I pulled the engine the TC came out a little bit, not all the way but probably 3 or 4 inches. Do I need to do anything before I go any further with this project or can I just try and get the engine in place and bolt everything on? Also, should I bolt the engine mounts to the engine before installing or bolt on the mounts to the frame and lower the engine on them?

Thanks for any help you can give me!

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 08:33 PM

Yes, you need to seat the TC. There are 3 different indexes. When it's properly seated, it will just rub the starter teeth if you push back and turn it.

If you do a search on seating the TC there are some good post.

#3 Fairtax4me

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 09:30 PM

If the TC pulled out that far you may need to re-seat the spring clip that holds the tube shaft in place.
The reason the torque converter needs to be seated properly is it drives the transmission oil pump. To do this it has some notches in the end of the torque converter shaft that have to line up with the teeth on the pump. If they don't mesh together the torque converter will jam the pump drive when the engine is bolted back to the transmission. The first time the engine is started it will grenade the trans oil pump.

I seem to remember there being a thread here with a video on Youtube of how to do it properly in a Subaru.

Bolt motor mounts to the engine before putting it in the car.

Edit: Here's a thread with some pics at least. The ones at the top don't work anymore, but there are new pics towards the end of the thread. http://ultimatesubar...orque converter

Edited by Fairtax4me, 22 October 2011 - 09:40 PM.


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Posted 23 October 2011 - 02:49 PM

So if the tc is in all the way and I can hear fluid moving around when I manually spin it is it safe to assume that everything is in correctly and I can continue trying to get the engine back in?

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 03:19 PM

you better measure, the distance between the TC mounting ears and the trans bell housing has to be less than the distance between the flex plate mounting holes and the engine bell housing.

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 03:51 PM

sorry this is a stupid question but what are the tc mounting ears.

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 05:10 PM

the 4 tabs the flex bolts thread into.

the distance (i told you to measure) on the trans side needs to be less than the distance on the engine side. that way there will be a slight gap between the torque converter and the flex plate when you bolt the engine to the trans. this makes sure the Torque Converter is seated right.

if the distance on the trans side is greater, the trans internal oil pump will be damaged when you bolt it together. this is bad. and expensive.




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