Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Charlotte N.C.
Engine: 2.2 Turbo
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Re: Pulling my 2.2 out! I need tips?
I've never tried dropping it out the bottom, although I've heard good things about removing it that way. You said you had a good hoist, if you decide to go from the top this is how I would approach it: Obviously disconnect fuel and all electrical connections to the engine, as well as shift linkage, clutch cable, exhaust, etc... and pull the axles out of the car. Remove the front mount altogether, I've tried in the past to take an engine out with it attached, it just wants to puncture the radiator. On that note just pull the radiator anyway, lol Also get rid of the bobble strut and bracket on the back of the trans, just one more thing to get in the way. I like to remove the crank pulley, it likes to hit the passenger framerail on the way out. Once you have the motor attached by only the passenger and trans mount, secure your hoist to it and put enough tension on the chain to start to hold the weight of the engine. At that point remove the trans mount bolt through the driver fenderwell. Depending on where you're hooked to the motor the trans may drop a bit once the bolts out. Last thing I do is remove the two bolts on the passenger mount and then I'm ready to hoist the engine out. If you have an engine leveler you can angle the engine/trans so the trans is down and the engine is up, this way you can maneuver the trans mount away from the body mount so it doesnt hit it when the engine is going up. Or once the hoist is securely holding the weight, before you remove the two passneger mount bolts, you can remove the trans mount altogether, again like the other ones it gets in the way. At this point its just a matter of jacking the engine high enough to clear the core support. I try to use one of the bolt holes in the head for the AC bracket and on the drivers rear of the head to connect my chain, it tends to keep the engine more or less upright as it comes out
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