Update: Last night, after trying to get at the dipstick tube retaining nut with a big 27mm wrench, and still not being able to get a grip on it, we decided to quit wasting our time trying to get the pan off with the motor still in the car and just start getting ready for the engine pull. The hoist has arrived and the stand will arrive shortly.
Next steps are:
-to label all wires, hoses, etc. that will be disconnected
- Drain engine coolant (anybody know how much it takes so I know how much to expect to come out?)
- remove airbox, airflow meter, coolant reservoir, and that thing next to the airbox that looks like a distributor cap but obviously handles fuel distribution in some manner. Does anyone know what that thing is called and exactly how it works? It seems like the actual fuel injection happens there and the fuel lines run from there to the injection ports? I've never seen a system like that before.
As for the airbox, of course removing the top half was no problem, but how do you detach the bottom half from the airflow meter? Also, is there an airflow meter upgrade for the 308 GTSi? I see that it uses a "flap-" or "trap-door"-type airflow meter, which is pretty crappy if you ask me? Is there any way to switch it to a hot wire-type MAF?