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post #1 of 324 (permalink) Old 01-11-2019, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Overhauling the engine in my very first Subaru and more..

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Back in December last year, I bought my very first Subaru ever, an Aspen White 2001 Forester L. I've always had Hondas before, but I've always kept an eye on Subarus and always wanted to own one. So after a long time and much search online, I was able to find what imo was a Forester in great condition for its year, with only 114K miles. However, the car would not be without its faults as it had been intermittently overheating by what seemed to be an issue with its Achilles' hill: the infamous head gasket problem. Even though, I had done quiet a few aesthetic mods and mostly suspension work on my previous vehicles, I had never embarked a job as big as a total engine overhaul. I must admit at first I was a little intimidated.. So I started reading the shop manual a lot and learning about the car, researching here and there and watching a lot of YouTube videos. Went ahead and bought an engine lift, an engine stand and some specialty tools neded for the job and with the help of my father in law started taking the engine apart. At work they were going to throw away a sturdy frame which was originally holding brand new X-Ray equipment which came from Germany. It occurred I could turn it into a work bench and decided to keep it.

I will try to be as thorough as possible showing all my work details and also asking questions as I go along. After all, this is the first time I'm doing this. Hopefully those thinking of doing this a similar job can benefit from this thread as well.

I apologize for some of the tilted pics..

The day it arrived home


X-Ray table frame I took home


Most of the equipment the frame was holding


The future work bench


Then I built a table top for it


Added a sheet of zinc on top


Harbor Freight holidays specials


Tools I used..


let the disassembly begin


Since I've never done this before and there are so many connections, we marked all hoses, connectors, sensors, etc with the same numbers for male/female connections



Engine bay as it was before being removed. All male/female connectors/pipes and hoses were labeled each other with the same number in order to make engine rebuild much easier


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Good luck with the rebuild.


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Good luck with the rebuild.
Thanks, I wish I could figure out why the images don’t post
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Good luck. Canr think of a better way to bond with a father in law!


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Good luck!
The images are now visible 👍

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Good luck!
The images are now visible 👍

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Hey thanks man. Yeah I decided to take the engine apart after all.


But it's weird, I still don't see any of the images..

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Posted some pics on the OP, some are flipped I apologize

Next steps: Take out starter motor, exhaust pipes, separate torque converter, jack under tranny, take out the 8 bolts attaching engine to tranny and engine comes out

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Don't forget to disconnect the O2 sensors from the exhaust.

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While I'm at it and while everything is out, I plan on:

Cleaning everything real good with degreaser
cleaning the Throttle Body
flush/clean the Fuel Injectors
replace both torn CV Axle boots by the gear box
and car's got some rust where the battery was resting, it appears broken battery acid poured on the fender.. need to clean that area real good with a wheel grinder and weld a piece of sheet metal there..

Waiting for some goodies next week
To be continued..


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Update..

Finally took the engine out yesterday. Wow, for someone that’s never done this kind of job before it’s quite a lot of work, but it’s done!
I wish the Subaru manual indicated or mentioned something about transmission lines held on the bottm left(driver side) of the engine. Anyone attempting this job must be very careful and remember those lines, almost ended up pulling them. Also, there’a a nut and a bolt right above the the left axle, which need to be removed to desengage the engine from the tranny, VERY VERY difficult to remove as there’s barely any space there.. almost considered removing the left axle to take them out.. but it worked. I ended up placing a wrench on the nut and hitting it with a pipe from above, not even a swivel sicket would help, but they both came out thank God.

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I hope you are able to do regular updates of your project! Thanks for sharing.
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Good luck. Canr think of a better way to bond with a father in law!
Honestly, I couldn’t have done it without him. He’s a great guy
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I hope you are able to do regular updates of your project! Thanks for sharing.
Will do, planning on taking lots of pics og the build. I’m sure I’m going to have some questions as well
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