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Old 04-27-2015, 12:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Subaru should not make their head gaskets out of kryptonite.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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