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Posted by BruceM [Email] (more from BruceM) on Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:32:47 Share Post by Email
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This ones pretty good but not quite the same as the one I used as a guide.

Three things I learned-

1.The trans mount below the battery came loose easy enough with a combination wrench moved with a pry bar- some guides talk about just banging it loose (its tough to reach and apply leverage)- manual trans may be different.
2. Fit the lower radiator hose before lowering the engine back in.
3. Tag all the connections especially vacuum line routing. I've never found a comprehensive diagram for the vacuum lines and there are a lot of them.
4. I replaced the alternator, water pump, and turbo even though they were still good as they had many miles on them and its so easy with the engine removed. A lot of other stuff could also be done as preventative maintenance if you're keeping the car for a long time.
5. Take photos of connections as you work.

The entire key to removing the engine from the top is removal of the harmonic balancer which is easy enough. The engine will not be clear to come out with it in place which I guess is why the WIS says you have to take it out the bottom. Kudos to whoever figured this out.

It was all pretty straight with the step by step guide.

The biggest pains were aligning the engine output shaft with the splined input on the auto, and the lower radiator hose. The latter was actually one of the hardest tasks of the whole deal as I forgot about it until the engine and radiator were back in place. Bloody knuckles.

I read you can leave the trans in the car and pull just the engine out the top, but with the auto that could be an even bigger bitch aligning engine/trans with not much room to maneuver in the engine compartment- at least if your doing this without help. I imagine that's much easier with the manual.

PS As you may know, there are a lot of shysters selling used engines- One place in Wisconsin advertises free shipping and low prices. Being not too far away I called them up and said I'd like to come pick up the engine in person (so I could check out sludge etc.) "Oh no sir we don't allow that- that's why the shipping is free!". "Click" was my response.

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