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#1 lostoz

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Posted 20 August 2003 - 07:59 PM

I bought a 97 Impreza last year, and it has been leaking oil. I need to replace the main seal. I also need to do the clutch. I want to do it myself having done similar things to my toyota. However, I cannot find any maintenance and repair manuals for the imprezas after 1996, and I want to be able get myself out of trouble.

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Posted 20 August 2003 - 08:39 PM

you can download the factory service manuals at Subaru Factory Service Manuals . it costs $20 for a 72 hour subscription. it is worth every penny, then about a thousand more. it is far better than any haynes or chilton's manual. in order to download the complete set, it will take you about 5 hours - it is around 800 individual files adn 250 mb. if you don't have broadband access, now is either the time to upgrade or mooch off a friend. but they are the best deal out there...

you may consider pulling the engine rather than pulling the transmission. it isn't that difficult overall to pull the engine, and it will make changing the rear main seal a lot easier. pulling the tranny is difficult because you have to remove the driveshaft and 2 half shafts. you could do a lot of other maintenance at the same time while you have the engine out (valve clearance, timing belt, etc) if it needs it. just food for thought.

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 11:24 AM

Thanks for the link.

As for pulling the engine, that's exactly what we did 4 months ago on the other vehicle, so I was thinking along those lines. Guess I am buying my buddy more beer for the use of his much larger (and better equipped) shop.

Any ideas on how long it would take to do the seals, clutch and timing belt, with the engine out? Is it a weekend thing, or more serious?

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 11:54 AM

i'm working on a site for all those who have blown a head gasket on an ej25. i pulled the motor, did the timing belt, seals, etc. i also changed the clutch. you can visit it here . i broke down the time it took, etc. i would estimate about 8 hours to remove the engine, 1 hour to change the clutch, 2 hours to inspect components and change the timing belt, and 6-8 to put it back in. this is probably on the heavy side, working alone. it is reasonable to get it done in a weekend, though.

the only variable you have is if you will need to machine the flywheel. i had mine done, and recommend it if you are not replacing the flywheel. you may have difficulty getting this done on a weekend. you may also find bad idlers, etc when doing the timing belt, as i did. it was hard enough finding this from a dealer during the week!

i chose the subaru clutch, and have been so far pleased. it was a little harsh during break in, but it seems to be smoothing out nicely (about 500 miles on it so far). i also got a new pressure plate and had the flywheel turned. aside from the throwout, replace the pilot bearing ($7). mine was very notchy after 72k.

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 03:17 PM

Wow, thanks a bunch. Your website is very helpful. It has already made a difference in the planning.




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