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About BigZ89

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    Bought a 1998 Subaru in August of 2012 for its superior gas mileage, AWD, spacious interior, and rumored reliability. Three months later, headgaskets blew. 2,000 repair. Day after the repair, the manual tranny died.
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    1998 Subaru Legacy Outback
  1. Yeah, I'm wondering if it's the splines still somehow. But I've rotated them so much that it just seems like that can't be the problem. And I have put the clutch on the input shaft to make sure the splines line up. They lined up pretty easily. When you say "rotate the engine", do you mean rotating the pulley wheel on the oppositie side of the engine from the transmission? I tried rotating that pulley with the hopes that it would rotate the clutch splines; easier than me having to pull the tranny off, rotate the shaft, and try pushing it back in. You know what I mean? Regardless, that didn't seem to work the couple times I tried it. So I assumed rotating that pulley only rotated the flywheel and didn't rotate the splines. If that pulley rotates the flywheel, is it also supposed to rotate the clutch splines?
  2. Hi all, I've been replacing my clutch and transmission box on my '99 Outback. But the transmission (both new and old ones) will not slap up against the engine! I've read everything there is to read about re-installing the MT on these OBs, and I've tried everything imaginable with NO RESULTS! See photo links below of input shaft, clutch plate and hole, and the gap that exists between the transmission and the engine. Before you ask, here's what I know: 1. There's nothing blocking the tranny from hitting the engine anywhere. 2. The transmission is definitely the right size. Even the original won't shove back into it's place. 3. I have rotated the input shaft splines 10+ times and tried to shove it in, still won't go. 4. The transmission gets on all bolts, but not all the way up against the engine. 5. The clutch fork and bearing are all installed correctly and not interfering. 6. I have tried getting under the tranny and wiggling it up and down, left to right, a hundred times. No dice. 7. I have re-installed the clutch plate and disc three times, making sure it's facing the correct direction and aligned properly. 8. One of the lower bolts may be slightly bent, but the transmission still goes on all six bolts just fine. And if that one bolt is indeed bent, it's only a very slight, minute bend. Anyone have any ideas on how to finally get this sucker on without breaking anything? I am losing my mind. Here's the photo of the tranny and engine: Photo of input shaft: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k3F3pybq0P...nput+shaft.JPG Photo of clutch: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0ElioWP9To...lutch+hole.JPG
  3. Thanks everyone for the great replies. Awesome. Looks like nobody here in Utah has a manual tranny right now. Plus it's snowing today so I'm not gonna go digging for a transmission anytime soon. Great ideas on that last post with ways to make some money on the parts I have. Thanks.
  4. Bought a '98 Subaru in September of 2012 for its superior gas mileage, AWD, spacious interior, and rumored reliability. Three months later, the head gaskets blew while I was on the road, 900 miles from home where I could fix it myself. Cost $2,000 to replace head gaskets, radiator, everything. The day after the repair, the manual tranny died.Towed it home and discovered that the problem is the actual transmission, not the clutch or the flywheel or linkages or fork. Nope, definitely the transmission. I am poor and this car has put me into debt. Any suggestions on what to do with it that will help me regain that $2,000 I spent on all the new engine parts?