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Pulling Engine to Replace Head Gaskets
Posted 01 December 2004 - 10:56 AM
The Outback has about 68,000 miles on it. With the engine pulled there will be easy access to many items (such as water pump, timing belts, various seals).
My question is:
Are there any items that should be replaced because we will have easy access even if they look ok.
Posted 01 December 2004 - 11:27 AM
Enquireing minds want to know.
Posted 01 December 2004 - 11:34 AM
I would be more interested in replacing the engine mounts, since that is a cinch with the engine out. You might look into getting something stiffer (STi) to help with the on/off throttle jerking that most Subarus suffer from.
With the heads off and out of the car, examine the exhaust header studs carefully. Now would be the time to replace any that have serious rust. "Serious" to me means that the rust is compromising the thread. Hopefully, you won't notice the benefit of doing this now, but six years down the line when rust has eaten your catalyst and the exhaust needs to come off it will be easy.
No matter what, you should clean the threads up with a good "thread file". Avoid using any instrument that cuts new thread, you don't want to take off too much material.
Make sure you replace rocker cover and spark plug hole gaskets - they can be done in car, but it always costs at least one scraped knuckle!
Posted 01 December 2004 - 12:16 PM
As previously stated why don't you harang the dealer or SOA until they replace them free or at the least a reduced fee....REALLY reduced like no more than 25% of the total bill.
Posted 01 December 2004 - 12:18 PM
Posted 02 December 2004 - 09:30 AM
BTW: What is the "stupid plastic oil slinger"?
Posted 02 December 2004 - 09:54 AM
Posted 02 December 2004 - 11:13 AM
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