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Didnt see a write up on this forum. Subaruoutback.org has one. It says to drain coolant and oil to change out gasket. By looking at it does it really need too. I was thinking of clamping the coolant hose and plugging the oil hose. Take filter off and going from there. Or can I just loosen the pump and drop it down with hoses on to replace gasket. If I have to I have to but just being cheap on the fluids. Thanks
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The oil will drain. No way around that. You can clamp the coolant hoses, might not be easy. The oil cooler has a center hollow bolt that holds it to the block, there is no hose to clamp for oil. Just drain it.
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You'll need a 24mm deep socket to remove the oil cooler to replace the fat orange o-ring.


You will need to drain the coolant, the hoses are pretty short elbow pieces on either side ofthe cooler.


I just rebuilt my engine much the same as bmx045 has done, so we have a good idea on what it takes.


If you drain the coolant, just pick a bottle of anti freeze, I filled mine with some Peak, some Prestone and topped it off with Peak Global. I had the older two bottles that I mixed 50/50 with water left over from other jobs.




As long as your down there you may want to check out the coolant crossover tube that feeds the oil cooler, I replaced mine because it was pretty rusty. One other guy here a few years back had his rust thru.


I also replaced the 3 elbow hoses, they are all the same part number.


I have pictures in my thread, post #45



305,600miles 5/2012 ej257 short block, 8/2011 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. (SOLD).  CHECK your oil, these cars use it.


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