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Old 10-19-2011, 07:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Changing Clutch: pull engine or tranny

If you were changing a clutch on a Subaru, would you pull the engine or the tranny if you did not have a lift.
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmmm, interesting question...

The tranny is probably the easier of the two. But, I guess it depends on what you dislike more:

1. Tranny: working underneath and rusty exhaust bolts, or
2. Engine: bending over a lot and lots of labeling, notes, etc.

I think I'll still say tranny...

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you could entertain the idea of sliding the trans back and rotating the engine forward...and maybe you could do it without officially pulling the engine all the way out or dropping the trans completely. it can be done on older subaru's, never heard of it on newer ones though.

nearly every one that does this job will say pull the engine. it's so much easier to work from above and have the room and not having rust and gear oil dripping on your face or shoes. and then the shimmy rocking dance of moving the trans under the car with no leverage or room.

but - pulling the trans *can* be quicker. there's far less components to remove, no antifreeze, power steering, or a/c to worry about like on an engine pull..oh and air hoses, vacuum hose, fuel lines, throttle cables... there's less to it and it's more straight forward. rusty exhaust is about the only tricky part but you gotta unbolt the exhaust from the engine to pull it as well so it's only 2 or 4 more bolts to pull the front exhaust ypipe for a trans pull.

yet....a transmission is no picnic to pull and install from underneath either. if you have help or are good at fabricating a way to support and maneuver the trans (2x4's and straps to hold it in place on a jack or borrow/rent a trans adapter/jack), then that's a huge help. i just installed one two weeks ago and used an engine lift with chain fished through the engine compartment to pull it up in place.

i've only ever done it by myself. and you can have a transmission out much faster than an engine. i've had trans out in 30 minutes before and regardless of the comments from folks that say they can do that with an engine - i would not consider 30 minute engine pulls anywhere near normal.
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I just did this by myself 4 weeks ago on my 02 outback wagon. I pulled the tranny. It was a relatively easy job. A few bolts were rusted here an there but nothing major. I recommend getting the rear end up on ramps and then the front end up on jack stands. Just take the entire exhaust off. 6 header bolts, 1 hanger bolt (mine broke), 3 rubber hangers. Disconnect the header bolts and then the hanger bolt. Then rest the exhaust on something a little lower. Then remove the hangers in the back and slide it out. I recommend replacing the header studs and nuts if they stay together. Ask the dealer for discount as they are wicked expensive (I got 6 studs and 6 nuts for $37).
I used my floor jack for the tranny lowering and lifting. A little finicky by worked alright.
Follow the guidance at this website. Everything is identical to this job. the trick with the jack to get the axles off works great.
DIY: Clutch Replacement pictorial - Subaru Impreza GC8 & RS Forum & Community: RS25.com
Took me 2 days.

Good luck!!
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