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Old 06-23-09, 08:30 PM   #1
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NO LONGER UNDER CONSTRUCTION. See POST 18 for the rest.

Note: this is for a 2006 STI. I don't know if this is possible on older models or not.

Tools:

1/4" drive socket wrench.
1/4" drive 12" extension.
1/4" drive universal joint.
1/4" drive 10 mm socket.

Jack the car up (front and rear)

Remove the plastic cover on the bottom

drain oil

Get your whole 1/4" drive "assembly" together.


This will allow you to access the 4 bolts that are nearly impossible to get to.

(sorry for blurry cell phone pics)



Passenger side bolts near oil filter:



FTW!!!!
(driver's side)




At this point the car is sitting in my garage with all the bolts off, I smashed at the pan with a rubber mallet but it does not want to budge. I'm gunna see what I can figure out tomorrow.

I am doing this because I am replacing my pickup tube with this:

Ultimate Oil Pickup - Killer B Motorsport - Aftermarket Subaru Performance

I will add details of removal of the pickup tube when I get the oil pan off tomorrow.


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Old 06-24-09, 03:18 AM   #2
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Hit it harder!
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Old 06-24-09, 03:54 AM   #3
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Default Re: remove STI oil pan without lifting engine (w/ pics!)

yeah you just need to break the surface tension of the gasket material there. It will come down fairly easily...
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Old 06-24-09, 05:18 AM   #4
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Default Re: remove STI oil pan without lifting engine (w/ pics!)

sweet ill be keeping an eye out i wanna see how this install goes
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Old 06-24-09, 05:41 AM   #5
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Default Re: remove STI oil pan without lifting engine (w/ pics!)

ROFL, im at the exact same point as you....got all the bolts off and now cant get the pan off the block.

Then i said eff it, ill have a shop do the work...tried to get those 2 center rear bolts back on there - epic fail. I hate my car.

Back to square one....gonna try to remove the pan again from the block. Seems ppl have been heating up the glue with a heat gun?
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Old 06-24-09, 06:39 AM   #6
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ROFL, im at the exact same point as you....got all the bolts off and now cant get the pan off the block.

Then i said eff it, ill have a shop do the work...tried to get those 2 center rear bolts back on there - epic fail. I hate my car.

Back to square one....gonna try to remove the pan again from the block. Seems ppl have been heating up the glue with a heat gun?
ohhh thats a good idea with the heat gun!
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Old 06-24-09, 06:46 AM   #7
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Default Re: remove STI oil pan without lifting engine (w/ pics!)

Subscribed. I vowed never to lift the engine again after my horrific engine mount install (which was well worth it by the way!!). I'd like to install one of these pickups from Killer B, so be sure to update the thread with more pics and good details!
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Default Re: remove STI oil pan without lifting engine (w/ pics!)

my co-worker who just replaced a failed pickup on his 05sti has removed his oil pan by this method (not jacking up the car). He said it was a major biotch, but doable.....

For removing the pan from the block he used a pry bar and leveraged the side of the pan with the engine mounts. he mentioned that the pan just need to break the seal of the adhesive then its good to go, slow constant force over large blows (hammer strikes).

Also lots of headaches trying to put it all together...i think weve just hit the top of the iceberg on this one...removing it is the easy part, reinstalling it is gonna be un-
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Default Re: remove STI oil pan without lifting engine (w/ pics!)

I'm going to try to avoid prying the pan at all costs. but if I have to I will.

When I get the pan off will there be direct access to the pickup tube or will the baffle plate be in the way?
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Old 06-24-09, 11:19 AM   #10
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Default Re: remove STI oil pan without lifting engine (w/ pics!)

Lazzarus, nice write-up!

Once the pan is off you'll have complete access to the pickup.

I just happen to have an EJ25 block and pickup here so I just snapped a couple pictures so you can see what to expect. Baffle plate is under (or above, if you're looking from the grounds point of view) the pickup.


On your 06 the OEM bracket will be attatched on this side. Still easy to get to with the pan off.


Let me knw if there's anything else I can do to help.
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