Camshaft bolts and a peek inside

Update by Alan Cesar to the Subaru Impreza WRX project car
Feb 20, 2013

Some Subaru engines require a special tool to hold the cam still while you loosen the bolt, but this engine has flats on the camshaft that work well with a big, adjustable wrench.
After exhausting all our muscle, though, we succumbed to the drill. New bolts are cheap.
Oh yeah, what's it look like inside the crankcase? Copper chunks all over the place. We might have more than just one bad bearing.

Where’s the Subaru’s EJ205 engine now? On a stand. Getting disassembled. This will get a little more complicated when we have to split the case, but for now, it’s a good place to keep it for head removal.

Turns out that’s a bit of a tricky proposition—one we realized was fraught with peril after we, with sore muscles from trying to Hulk it off, found threads on NASIOC titled, “Another stuck cam bolt thread.” This did not bode well.

But after consulting a few videos, we decided the drill was the way to go. A little drilling let some of the pressure off, and we were able to twist that sucker loose. New bolts are just a couple of bucks apiece from After that, it was just a matter of popping the head bolts loose with the longest breaker bar available. Man, those suckers are tight.

Oh yeah, we got the oil pan off, too. What’s it look like under there? Bearings. Lots of pieces of bearings. Stay tuned: we’ll have more details soon.

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