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So today while cleaning my month-old car, I decided to check out the engine. I applied what I thought was a conservative amount of force to lift off the engine cover. Turns out, I was apparently a 400lb gorilla.

If I had RTFM, I would have known to lift first from the rear, but I didn’t. So, now I have an engine cover with two busted front clips that almost certainly wouldn’t stay put heading down the road.

So the question becomes, is this rather fancy bit of plastic purely cosmetic or does it do something? Seems to have some sound dampening material on the underside, I suppose I’ll find out tomorrow if it’s now loud as heck inside the cabin, or if I’ve somehow dropped 50hp from one less badge.
 

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So today while cleaning my month-old car, I decided to check out the engine. I applied what I thought was a conservative amount of force to lift off the engine cover. Turns out, I was apparently a 400lb gorilla.

If I had RTFM, I would have known to lift first from the rear, but I didn’t. So, now I have an engine cover with two busted front clips that almost certainly wouldn’t stay put heading down the road.

So the question becomes, is this rather fancy bit of plastic purely cosmetic or does it do something? Seems to have some sound dampening material on the underside, I suppose I’ll find out tomorrow if it’s now loud as heck inside the cabin, or if I’ve somehow dropped 50hp from one less badge.
Would be curious to see a pic of the front clips...thx for the heads up on lifting from the back. Wow, so no actual fasteners. Sorry you are too powerful.:grin2:
 

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Just did an oil change today and having read a previous thread on how to pop off the plastic cover all went well. I stuck my hand underneath the back of the cover and felt around until I found where it attached and actually pushed each side from underneath then lifted slightly and slid to the front and lifted. The front rubber grommets were chewed up even though this is the first time the cover has been removed. I have 1,184 miles on it today.
 

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I'm afraid to remove mine.

Could someone post a video on how to do it without breaking it?
 

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It mainly cosmetic. It does help to keep the engine clean.
All might not be loss. If you still have some of the lip left just wrap Duck Tape around the rubber boots (paint it Black if you like) then carefully reinstall. It should hold just fine.

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I'm afraid to remove mine.

Could someone post a video on how to do it without breaking it?
:RTFM:

Laughing at Oneself and with Others is Good for the Soul
 

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So today while cleaning my month-old car, I decided to check out the engine. I applied what I thought was a conservative amount of force to lift off the engine cover. Turns out, I was apparently a 400lb gorilla.

If I had RTFM, I would have known to lift first from the rear, but I didn’t. So, now I have an engine cover with two busted front clips that almost certainly wouldn’t stay put heading down the road.

So the question becomes, is this rather fancy bit of plastic purely cosmetic or does it do something? Seems to have some sound dampening material on the underside, I suppose I’ll find out tomorrow if it’s now loud as heck inside the cabin, or if I’ve somehow dropped 50hp from one less badge.

If you still have a warranty - talk to your dealer if not http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/138-gen-5-2015-present/419858-broken-engine-cover-3-6r-2.html
 

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When I got mine the rear two "pins" were broken off. I JB welded them onto the cover and its solid now.

Also on my 10 3.6R the fronts dont really lock in, just seem to float on the pads, have a pic of yours?
 

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:RTFM:

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I did read the manual.

So did a lot of people who broke their covers.

So clearly, reading the manual is not sufficient in this particular instance.
 
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