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Pulling engine, etc. through the eyes of a noob

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#76 MR_Loyale


    20 Years of Ownership. 94-14

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:29 PM

I just pulled my first engine yesterday, and I'm documenting my exploits for future reference, and I'm sure someone else might be able to benefit too. It was actually much easier than I expected, but I'm sure going back together will be much more difficult. Not all steps have pictures yet, I will edit as I take more, probably when I put her back in. And PLEASE, if I have forgotten something, or something seems off, let me know, I would appreciate it!

I'm going to do my head gasket (with a complete felpro kit with all the o rings and tiny gaskets), oil pump seal, front crank seal and maybe the oil pan gasket (hopefully).

First, drain oil and coolant, and remove battery.

undo charcoal canister by undoing clip and pulling up, then swing over the intake hose to keep it out of the way
( question: where does the hose on the bottom plug into? :lol: )

loosen clamp holding intake hose to air box, disconnect hose from air box

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disconnect air box connector, undo 4 air box clips, remove air box (I did this as the engine was coming out, when I realized it was in the way)

undo 4WD/heater vacuum hose

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undo thermoswitch and fan plug ( blue and white respectively )

remove fan shroud

remove radiator

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Ah yess the two bolt radiator. That brings back memories **sniff**. It was my first repair on my new Subaru 1993 Loyale - my very first brand new car. I bought in August 1994 for $11k.  At 42,000 miles (I think it was 1997) , I pulled into a freind's drive way and it started peeing all over the driveway. Turns out the el-cheapo plastic sidewalls on the stock radiator had leaked. I remember being so mad at Subaru because the warranty was only until 40,000 miles they would not replace itl So, I went to a radiator shop and asked if there was a replacement without plastic. The guy looked it up and gave me a Legacy radiator. Fit like a glove and to this day at 145k no leaks.


In 2008 at 117K I pulled the engine to do the timing belt, replace the clutch. While there I did the oil pump, water pump, all the pulleys, rear main seal, cam seals. Easier to pull nce than many times.

Edited by MR_Loyale, 14 February 2013 - 11:43 PM.

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