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comment Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job
Craftsman and Gearwrench now both have versions with an open-ended ratchet on one end. No idea if it really works.
May
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comment Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job
Yeah, I really think I should get some of those. Do yours have the open end ratchet too or just the flat socket type?
May
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comment Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job
Other head came out easily too. Posted an answer with info on additional tools I used or would have liked.
May
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answered Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job
May
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comment What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?
It came out easily with vise grips and some gentle turning back and forth. Got the heads machined and almost ready to put it back together. :-)
Apr
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accepted What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?
Apr
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comment What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?
Thanks. I just got back from the Subaru dealership with a replacement part (for free, even) and the technician who helped me there basically confirmed what you said, and also that the new part can be hammered in with a block of wood. As for the head, I don't think it's damaged from the pin, but I suspect it may be a bit warped and I'm going to get it checked out and possibly machined.
Apr
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comment What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?
@Zaid: Pic added.
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comment What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?
I think dowel may be the wrong word. It's hollow. Paulster2 suggested the right word might be "straight pin".
Apr
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comment What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?
@Zaid: Today rain and now darkness have kept me from getting a good picture; I'll try to get one tomorrow.
Apr
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comment What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?
I think it's threaded in. Actually I'm not quite sure how it works, but the head bolt goes through the dowel. A quick search suggested people do crazy stuff like welding nuts onto these things to get them out...
Apr
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asked What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?
Apr
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comment Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job
Re: taking the engine out, all the hard work so far has been stuff I would have to do to take the engine out anyway. Once everything was removed, pulling the first head (passenger side) with the engine still in place (not even removing any engine mounts) was super-easy. I haven't gotten to the second one yet, but I don't see any reason it should be harder; if anything there seems to be more room to work on the driver side.
Apr
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comment Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job
So today I got the first head off, and no tilting of the engine was needed whatsoever. Only two of the bolts can come out with the engine in the normal position, but they can all come out of the block such that it's possible to lift the head straight up and out. Aside from being a long process, it's all been really straightforward so far. Hope my luck lasts.. :-)
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comment Does Registering a Salvaged Car in California Require a “Brake and Light Certificate”?
To clarify, the arrangement you probably want in a situation like this is to sign an agreement with the insurance company that you agree the damages are just under the threshold that would constitute a total loss. Alternatively you can challenge their valuation of the vehicle and take them to court for the damages; if the vehicle value is low enough that you can use small claims court, you may essentially automatically win.