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Xist 04-27-2015 12:26 AM

Subaru should not make their head gaskets out of kryptonite.
For the record:

The head bolts will often make terrible noises, and won't turn smoothly, making creaking or cracking noises. You must follow the correct sequence to undo the head bolts. A big breaker bar is your friend here.
99 Forester SOHC Head Gasket Repair Experience - Page 3 - Subaru Forester Owners Forum

So, when I went to pull the cylinder head, it sounded like I did everything horribly wrong, so I got terribly distracted trying to figure out everything. Allegedly, I just needed to keep wrenching. I could have finished the head gasket replacement by now!

redpoint5 04-27-2015 02:07 AM

I had to remove the bolt holding the crank pulley on when I installed a lightweight under-driven pulley on the Acura. The 2 foot breaker bar wasn't even close to breaking that sucker loose. I ended up adding something like 5 ft of pipe to the end of the breaker bar, and standing on it (185 lbs) wasn't enough. Finally, I bounced on the end of the bar and the bolt let loose like an explosion. I feared the worst thinking the bolt had sheered, but to my amazement everything was fine. Of course, I did break 2 sockets before I found one strong enough for that kind of punishment.

Good luck!

user removed 04-27-2015 08:21 AM

We once used the weight of the car and a lift to break loose a rear axle nut on a 280ZX, with a 3 foot breaker bar and a big crow bar.


Fat Charlie 04-27-2015 09:29 AM

I took the rear bumper off the Albatross to install a hitch with a ratchet and a scissor jack. I didn't have many tools back then, but the dead weight of an SUV can be used to apply a lot of force.

wdb 04-27-2015 11:38 AM

Ah, physics. Ain't it grand.

JRMichler 04-27-2015 01:14 PM

At work, we once had to torque an eyebolt to 3000 ft-lbs. An adaptor welded to a 15 foot piece of pipe, a deer scale, and three men on a rope got us there.

Xist 04-27-2015 04:14 PM

Great stories, everybody! :) I just needed to pretend that all of my ex-girlfriends were complaining at once, and I made it through the horrific sounds the head bolts made as I pulled them.

I pulled the cylinder head! Wow that thing was dirty! Awkward, too! Dirty and awkward! Also, the SLP called me, so I have a schedule to do my hours! :) (I am trying to become a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant).

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